Vs. 5, “Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD “- and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” This is a penitential psalm and scholars believe David wrote this soon after the affair with Bathsheba. Paul quotes this psalm from Romans 4:7-8. David had commtted some horrible sins when he had an affair with Bathseba and had her husband killed. David had kept silent about his for awhile and he likens his hiding of this sin to his bones wasting away. David was like a stubborn animal that needed to be broken and thankfully he comes to the Lord with repentance on his heart.
Regarding application…Not Being Dumb. Vs. 9, “Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” This reminds me of a little story I heard…There was a man in Texas who visited his friend who owned a little donkey. They hitched it to the wagon intending to take a ride and visit some mutual friends. Before they got in the wagon, the owner reached into the wagon, took out a two-by-four, and hit the donkey over the head. The man asked his friend, “Why in the world did you do that?” His friend replied, “I do that to get his attention.” Many of us are like that donkey. However, God does not want us to be like a dumb horse or donkey…he doesn’t desire to control us like we would control a horse. Let us upon instruction from His Word, turn to the Lord because our whole being desires to walk with Him!