Good Morning! In my daily readings, I had the privilege to read Psalms 51. It truly is one of my favorite psalms. It shows the true heart of man and gives us a glimpse of what true repentance looks like. Did David know that what he was doing was totally wrong? You bet he did! Was there a price to pay for the sins he committed? Absolutely. There is always a price to pay when we sin, that's why the blood of our Savior is the greatest gift that could be given to us besides God allowing us into Heaven.
So what can we learn from David? First he didn't try to blame someone else. He could have pointed the finger at Bathsheba for taking her bath out in the open where she could be seen. In his mind he could have justified that if only her husband Uriah would have gone on and slept with his wife, everything would have been ok. Oh how we can deceive ourselves into justifying our sin. We make all kinds of excuses to make it seem right in our eyes.
I believe this what allowed David to become a man after God's own heart. Not the sin, but the repentance of the sin. David owned up to it! He realized that he hurt his relationship with God. I'm sure he was tormented inside, knowing that his predecessor Saul lost the anointing of the Holy Spirit and was certain that it was going to happen to him. That's why he said [Psa 51:11 NKJV] 11" Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me."
David knew that the greatest thing in all his time on this earth is to be in the presence of God with the Holy Spirit giving life to everything we do! Repentance was not a luxury, but a necessity. God could have dropped him like a hot rock, but He didn't because when He sees a truly repentant heart, He's got something to work with!
What do your heart look like? Is it a truly repentant heart, our is it just lip service to God?