Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin.
Psalm 51:1-2, NLT
King David, the same guy who killed Goliath with a sling shot when he was a boy, chose to stay in his palace when his army was out fighting a battle. During these times, the King’s place was to be with his army not back at the palace, but David chose to be somewhere he shouldn’t have been.
He saw a beautiful married woman taking a bath on a rooftop and immediately started thinking about having sex with her. So being the King, he had her brought to his bedroom. That evening she became pregnant and when the pregnancy became known, he tried to cover up his wrongdoing with a couple of schemes but ultimately organized things so her husband was killed.
David was no different than us. Many times we’ve been where we shouldn’t be and we end up behaving in a way that is not pleasing to God. If our behavior became public we would be embarrassed and others would be hurt. Chances are we would also try to cover it up.
David wrote these words in Psalm 51 after his adultery with Bathsheba was pointed out to him by a man of God. He cries out for mercy and compassion but he does not stop there, he asks God to take away his guilt. How many times have you cried out to God similar prayers for mercy and compassion.
God does have great love for us and he does offer mercy and compassion. However, how nice is it when we are not having to cry out for his mercy and compassion for something we know we shouldn’t have done.
Today focus on being where you should be and if by chance you see a beautiful woman taking a bath on a rooftop who is not your wife, run as fast as you can toward God and to a friend who will help you stand strong in the face of temptation.