It was God himself who said that King David was “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). Yet the Old Testament records David’s sexual encounter with Bathsheba the wife of one of his army officers. When she became pregnant, David called her husband back from the battlefield to cover his sin, but Uriah refused to sleep with his wife and returned to war. So David ordered the troops to be withdrawn leaving Uriah defenseless. Psalm 51 is the poignant account of David’s great remorse, his plea for forgiveness and his deep desire for God to create in him a clean heart.
Have mercy on me, Oh my God I plead your your unfailing love; Please wash me clean of iniquity Forgiveness I need from above.
You are the One against whom I’ve sinned I’ve done evil in your sight; Sinful I’ve been from my mother’s womb Doing wrong instead of right.
Cleanse me with hyssop, I long to be clean Wash me till I’m whiter than snow; Oh hide you’re face from all my sins Forgiveness I long to know.
Create in me a heart that is pure Don’t take your spirit away; Restore to me the joy of salvation Make me willing to obey.
My deepest desire is to teach transgressors Of all your merciful ways; So open my mouth to declare your goodness And my lips to sing your praise.
You take no delight in sacrifice, Apart from a contrite heart; My offering to you is a broken spirit The desire from sin to depart.