Forgiveness and Understanding Redemption
King David had sinned during his reign as king. He had done what is not just and wise of a king to do. Nathan, the prophet, went to see King David concerning his sin and placed a metaphor to which he could understand concerning his sin. King David understood the metaphor and understood that the example was about him and his sin.
Immediately, King David repented of his sin before the LORD. He could have decided to seek strength in his power as king and ignored the message. He could have decided to attack the prophet for bringing out his sin. He could have exiled the prophet so that he never had to hear a rebuke in his life. Yet, King David understood Nathan and decided to repent of his sin.
Like King David, we have the chance to repent of our sins and move towards the cause of good. While no one likes to have their sins brought out into the open and much less those in positions of power like King David, it is important that repentance occurs for the purification not only of the person but also of the kingdom.
“Have mercy on me, O GOD, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” – Psalm 51: 1
King David writes Psalm 51 as a way to show his repentance toward the LORD, Nathan, and the kingdom for the sin which he was a part of. King David appeals to the mercy of the infinite LORD who gives us steadfast love. We are not perfect, and He understands that. He wants us to know that we are loved and cared for and would want us to walk in his way.
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin!” – Psalm 51: 2
Only the LORD is able to cleanse us from our sins and from our evil heart. The LORD is able to wash us clean and purify our hearts so that we can learn to let go of those things that impede upon our walk with the LORD. This line is stated with an exclamation mark indicating the need for the LORD as urgent and very important.