Be gracious to me, God,
according to Your faithful love;
according to Your abundant compassion,
blot out my rebellion.
Wash away my guilt
and cleanse me from my sin.
Guilt figures large in Psalm 51.
Guilt is a fact even David, the King, cannot escape.
Guilt is a reality that cannot be minimized, undone or explained away.
And yet David believes there is something bigger than human guilt.
David believes there is someone bigger than human guilt.
David appeals to the grace, love and compassion of God.
In the face of the stark reality of his crimes, David turns to God asks God to extend his grace, love and compassion toward him.
What about you?
Which figures larger in your story… guilt or grace?
Do you deal with guilt by minimizing, trying to undo, or explaining yourself?
Or is there someone else to turn to? Someone who can do something about it?
Guilt can figure large. But grace is larger.