3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. (Psalm 51:3-4)
Sin is preeminently against God. Until I am able to admit that my sin is against Him I will fail to fully acknowledge my transgressions. I may ask the person I have offended to forgive me; I may plead my sorrow before them. Until I acknowledge my sin to God and plead with godly sorrow for His mercy, divine forgiveness is not obtained. God judges sin, and He is just to do so. Only when I confess my sin to God and repent will He forgive. In another psalm David wrote, “I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5). Acknowledge your sin to God and He will forgive you by the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:37-41; 3:19; Rom. 1:16).