Vs. 1, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” Though David was a sinner, one thing that is undeniable; he knew God’s love. He appeals to God’s unfailing love (Hebrew word: hesed) and asks God to forgive him (vs. 1-2). Question: Why? Because for nearly nine months he had his sin to the Lord with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah her husband. Nathan the prophet confronted David (II Samuel 12) and our psalm today is David’s response. David confesses wholeheartedly and does not minimize his sin (vs. 3-6). David not only asked for forgiveness, but sought to be cleansed from the dirt of sin (vs. 7-9). He knew only God could spiritually form him and his heart (vs. 10-12). David ultimately understood that God did not want a ritualistic showing of contrition, but He wanted a heart that sought him (vs. 13-17). David prays that God would continue to bless the nation and be delighted in their right worship and sacrifice (vs. 18-19).
Regarding application…Broken Hearted. Vs. 17, “My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” Sometimes we will fall flat on our face. Sometimes we will fall in the pit of sin and separation. Yet, if we humble ourselves and soften our hardened hearts God can do something amazing. David needed Nathan to point out His sin. He knew it, but needed the extra reminder. There have been sinking moments in my life where I knew I had royally messed up big-time. But in those moments of brokenness and contrition, I became a better person because of it. If God can forgive us in our darkest moments, how much more should we extend forgiveness to those who break our hearts? Though this is a sobering reminder as we begin our week, pray that God would convict your heart through His spirit of any sin that needs to be dealt with.