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Psalm 51:1-2, 4a For the choir director; a psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David's adultery with Bathsheba. “Have pity on me, O God, in keeping with your mercy. In keeping with your unlimited compassion, wipe out my rebellious acts. Wash me thoroughly from my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin. I have sinned against you, especially you. I have done what you consider evil. So you hand down justice when you speak,...”
King David's response to the exposure of his sin was very different from most politicians and celebrities today. They either excuse, blame or claim what they did wasn't really so bad after all. They also will find no forgiveness as they further deaden what consciences they still might posses.
Though David had the power to wipe out the messenger, he instead listened, grieved and repented. Changing his heart and whole point of view from "I'm all that" to "God is all that."
Such a perspective changes how we see ourselves and how we behave and treat others.
V. 12 Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.