David. If you were to list the most important and influential people in the Bible, how many people would you list before you came to his name? Probably not very many at all. Yet we come across today the major black mark on his life’s blueprint. Despite being God’s chosen king of His chosen people, despite being called a man after God’s own heart, we have this incident in 2 Samuel 11 that might be comparable to a major gash on an beautiful, home-made walnut dresser. Bathsheba. Uriah. Adultery. Murder.
We move along to the next chapter in which we read of Nathan confronting David over his sin. One can almost hear and picture the thundering, “Thou art the man!” as he pointed his finger at David. What a convicting statement for David, who I suspect may have been wondering when his sin would be exposed. As Nathan reviews with David his sin, along with God’s judgement for that sin, no doubt David’s level of conviction became overwhelming. His response when Nathan is finished? “I have sinned against the Lord” (vs 13).
David then goes on to write Psalm 51 as a result of his conviction and his repentance. We read the cry of his heart in verses 1-2, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” David’s heart cry was one of sincere sorry and brokenness. He was no longer trying to hide his wickedness; no, there was nothing more that he wanted than to come clean with his God. This is the attitude we should have towards our sin. This is the heart-cry of one who is a man or woman after God’s own heart. We all sin, we all have those moments we genuinely regret. But how we deal with that sin is the key. Thank God for the promises of 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive our sin, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” How about you right now. Is there any sin that needs to be dealt with and confessed? Then make Psalm 51 the prayer of your heart today!