Psalm 51:1-19- Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight,
so that You are justified when You speak, and You are blameless when You judge. 5 I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me. 6 You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You make me to know wisdom.
7 Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones that You have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide Your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with Your willing spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will return to You. 14 Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare Your praise. 16 For You do not desire sacrifice, or I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
18 Do good to Zion in Your good pleasure; build the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then You will be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then they will offer young bulls on Your altar
This text is David's cry for mercy after being confronted about his adulterous relationship with his Soldier, Uriah's wife.
God in His infinite wisdom sees and knows all things. Every deed, every thought, every action by everyone of creation is seen by God.
Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God for even darkness is light unto Him.
God saw what David did to Uriah in having slept with his wife while he was out on the battlefield fighting in David's army.
In 2 Samuel 2, God sends the Prophet Nathan to confront David about his sin with Uriah wife.
In His divine wisdom, God used Nathan to confront David through a story.
Nathan confronts David and told him the story of adultery, not knowing he was the one Nathan was referencing.
Having had the narrative David anger burned intensely against the man in this story and declared these words to Nathan against the man who had done this in 2 Samuel 2:5 - “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die."
Having heard what David said, Nathan replies “You are the man!"
The sin of adultery lead David to write Psalm 51 as his prayer of repentance and cry for mercy for what He had done in betraying Uriah and taking his wife as David's own.
Where has your sin lead you?
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Remember, nothing is hidden from God.
Let today be the day that you no longer carry the burden of hidden sin. Repent, confess and trust God to restore you to a right relationship with Him and a right spirit within you.