1 Have mercy upon me, O God, in your great goodness; *
according to the multitude of your mercies wipe away my offences.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness *
and cleanse me from my sin.
From his palace roof King David saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba. He was overcome with desire and committed adultery with her. King David had her husband, Uriah the Hittite, killed by sending him into the front lines of battle. His plot to cover up his sin seemed fool proof and he took Bathsheba as his wife. God however was not fooled. He sent the prophet Nathan to confront the King with his sin. Psalm 51 is king David’s lament over his sinfulness
We can appreciate the divine mercy only when we come to terms with our own sinfulness. King David committed grievous sins. Murder and adultery are nothing to be flippant about. God treats David’s actions as a rebellion against the divine will and lordship. Sin is always a rebellion against God. David only saw his sinfulness for what it was when God revealed it to him. It was then that David was able to see his dire need for salvation and grace.
The remarkable words of Psalm 51 come from a broken and contrite heart. It is a heart that yearns for God and His goodness. It is a soul that longs for the washing and healing that only God can bring. The good news is that God does bring this healing to all that ask. It is through the sacrifice of Jesus and our trust in Him that we find wholeness.
I wonder if God has revealed to you secret sins that need forgiveness? Be bold as David was bold and confess them before the Lord. “The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you shall not despise.” Psalm 51:17