“The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to my cleanness in his sight.” 2 Samuel 22.25
The way we see ourselves is so important. Other people may look at us and see the respectable mask we seek to wear, but deep down, if we see ourselves in a bad light then all the good others say about us will be as nothing, because the negativity we feel within is all consuming.
This negativity needs bringing into the presence of God’s light, in order that we, like David, might discover what it means to experience “cleanness in his sight.” Presumably this was a process that David himself had gone through as he released his own feelings about some of the more shameful parts of his life, and began to understand and live in the reality of the depth of God’s forgiveness.
Being clean in God’s sight is very different from being clean in our own sight, but we will probably never grasp this until we catch the truth of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He took away our sin; he didn’t borrow it for a while or help us carry it ourselves – he totally took it from us so that when God looks at us we are clean in his sight.