King David is a man after God’s own heart, and yet one day he so misuses his power that he commits adultery and murder to get what he wanted. This is described in 2 Samuel 11-12, and it is David’s darkest moment of self-knowledge. Don’t we all have some moments like that? Moments of deep regret. Moments where we deeply harmed others or blew up our lives. What do we do when we blow up our lives? Is there a way out, a way to fix the wrong and harm we have done to ourselves and others? What if, when you come face to face with your own capacity for harm, there was a process to get through it, to even come out on the other side transformed, renewed, and restored? That process in the Bible is called repentance. And Psalm 51 is David’s prayer of confession and repentance after he realizes the harm he’s caused. It is a model prayer, one meant to show us how we, too, can participate in the process God has to heal us from our sin. It is far better than most of us imagine, and holds the power to transform us even after we come face-to-face with our darkest moments.
Other Scriptures Referenced: Genesis 3; Exodus 12:22-24; 2 Samuel 11-12; Jeremiah 17:9; John 19:29-30; Acts 11:18; 2 Corinthians 7:10.