025002 Finding God in the Mystery of every day.
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Psalm 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
Surely you must have wondered at this statement of David the king when he was caught out having committed the dual sins of adultery and murder. How on earth could he make such a statement in one of the most beloved of all psalms. At first glance it makes no sense, particularly to our Western egalitarian sensibilities. What are we missing?
We must put ourselves in the frame of what it was like to live under a king in those times. The king had absolute authority. No one could come against him and live. To accuse the king of a crime carried little or no weight. But there was one man, Nathan, a prophet of God who had the courage to confront the king and, in that confrontation, David was broken because he had broken from God in his sin. Yes. He did sin mightily against Uriah, Bathsheba, and all of the nation but he acknowledged that he had primarily done the worst by acting against the law and commandment of the Lord his God. David paid a terrible price for that sin in the real world. Yes, he ruled, but he saw all his relationships go from difficult to disastrous over the course of his life. Think about this in the nature and manner of your confessions before God. Are they honest, or are they self-serving?