First Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-7,10-17
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 50: 12-17
Today we continue on the story of David and his murder of Uriah and adultery with Bathsheba. Nathan the prophet comes to David and tells him that the Lord knows of his sin; David is repentant. In his sorrow he writes the great psalm of sorrow, Psalm 50, the Miserere;
“A pure heart create for me, O God,
Put a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
Nor deprive me of your Holy Spirit.”
David knows what hell is, to be cast away from the presence of the Lord. He is asking again for his heart to be changed and for his ‘original innocence’ to be restored. David fully understands what he has lost but he also knows that God is a God of forgiveness.
“Give me again the joy of your help.”
There is deep longing for something lost in this phrase. What is lost is joy and the confidence of help from someone who can look after you. This shows us the depth that sin has in us when David threw away his relationship with God in a bout of lust. What a miserable lot we are.
Then David goes on to express a desire to show to others that to disobey the Lord is wrong:
“that I may teach transgressors your ways
And sinners my return to you.”
In a plea to the mercy of God, David cries out, “O, rescue me, God, my helper.”
God accepts David’s genuine plea for forgiveness as he does ours. He is a merciful God and in return he expects us to show mercy to those who wrong us.
Such is the nature of our God.