Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD’ » (2 Samuel 12:13).
David had been a very bad boy. Very bad. He’d ordered Uriah the Hittite to the front lines against the Ammorites during fierce fighting. Uriah would probably die, which was the whole idea. David wanted Bathsheba, the brave warrior’s beautiful wife.
When the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, the morally bankrupt king broke down and confessed bitterly.
I live in a small West Virginia town. Our weekly newspaper prints summaries of the criminal cases brought before our magistrate. In almost every case the one who has been charged with a crime pleads, «Not guilty!» Police may have caught them with the goods/money/smoking gun/embezzled funds/missing property hiding in their own pocket/garage/car/closet/storage shed, but still the people scream, «Not guilty!»
Then taxpayers (like me) have to shell out hard-earned money to try these lawbreakers and then send them off to where they belong until they can learn to live like normal human beings.
How much better/faster/cheaper it would be if these guys would admit to their crimes, do the time, and then get on with their lives.
Juniors, if you ever mess up, admit it. Don’t point fingers, whine, complain, or obsess over fake innocence. Like David, say, «I have sinned against God.» Take your punishment, then get on with life.
The last part of the verse reads: «Nathan replied, ‘The LORD has taken away your sin.’
«David paid a terrible price for his mistakes, but he didn’t have to pay the ultimate price-eternal separation from God.