David, having been confronted about his sin, comes to God and prays for forgiveness. (The context for this is the story in 2 Samuel 11-12).
In spite of having committed adultery and inciting murder David realises that the person he had most wronged, most sinned against, was God. And he recognised that the first priority was to put things right with Him. Knowing that he couldn’t put things right himself, David throws himself on God’s mercy and compassion.
It’s wonderful to know that whatever we have done wrong, whatever sin we have committed, we can find forgiveness because Jesus died and rose again.

Reading: Psalm 51:1-19


  • David had a real awareness that he had sinned. Have we lost that in our society, in our own lives? If so, what are the implications?
  • What does this Psalm tell us about God?
  • 1 John 1:7 speaks about the blood of Jesus purifying from all sin. How does how you think about sin compare with 1 John 1:8-10?