PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 51
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Against you, you only, have I sinned…” (Psalm 51:4)
This psalm explains its story, when David is convicted for his sin with Bathsheba.
David kills Uriah after committing adultery with his wife (2 Samuel 11).
Nathan exposes his sin (2 Samuel 12), and suddenly he is remorseful.
Yes, he is probably sincere in his repentance, but it was not perfect.
This line (51:4) has always troubled me… what about Uriah and Bathsheba?
What about Uriah’s family, what about David’s other wives?
David did not just sin against God, even if his sin against God was very serious.
Just because God inspired him to write this confession, doesn’t mean it is correct.
I believe it is true – true to how David felt, and how his repentance was.
Our sin is always more than we think, the ripple effect always more harmful.
The root of our sin may be failure to love God, but it always includes not loving others.
Still, what I appreciate about this truth is that God accepts my weak repentance.
It is not the perfection of my repentance, but the perfection of his mercy, that counts.
I still do not fully understand my sin; this only makes me more thankful for his mercy!
Lord, against you, and many many more, have I sinned, in ways I do not fully know. Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love, not according to my flawed repentance.