Psalm 51:3-4 (JDV)
Psalm 51:3 You see, I am aware of my rebellion, and my sin is always in front of me.
12 Superscription: For the choir director. A psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him after he had gone to Bathsheba.
Psalm 51:4 Against you – you alone – I have failed and done this evil in your sight. So you are right when you pass sentence; you are blameless when you judge.
If the superscription to this psalm is accurate, the reason for this psalm is to record David’s confession publicly after his great misconduct resulting in the death of Uriah and the pregnancy of Bathsheba.
Anybody can see that David sinned against a lot of people when he did what he did. His choices changed the destiny of Uriah, Bathsheba, David’s family and even the whole nation.
So, is David still in denial when he claims to have failed God alone? Hardly. He knew about the consequences of his actions. But the one consequence on his mind at the moment is the barrier he had placed between himself and God.
Oh, if we only knew the depth of that barrier. It is bad enough to lose a friend, but to lose God is unimaginable loss. It is tragedy to lose a parent. But who can we go to when we lose our Heavenly Father? What pain it is when we lose a spouse, but who can bear losing the bridegroom Jesus?
Oh Lord, draw is back to you. We cannot bear the loss of our relationship with you.