Today’s Responsorial Psalm portrays King David’s response to God after he had committed adultery ordered Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle.
What’s worse, David couldn’t even see that he had done anything wrong—that is, until God sent Nathan the prophet to open his eyes. So what can we learn as we pray this psalm along with David?
First, often we cannot see our own sins, both our small sins and our big sins. Lust, selfishness, pride, self- righteousness, anger— any of these can blind us, just as they blinded David. Thank you, Lord, for sending people to me who can help me to grow in holiness.
Second, God always pursues us, both when we are close to him and when we are separated from him. He always sends angels and other people to help us. He does what he can, by any means, to help us confess our sins and draw closer to him. Lord, help me to be more sensitive to your touch each day.
Third, God’s mercy is unfathomable. Even David’s acts of adultery and murder didn’t keep God from pursuing him and fulfilling his plan for the king. The moment we repent, God’s love and mercy will well up in our hearts, just as it did for David. Thank you, Lord, for your faithfulness.
A desire to serve and care for other people is the natural response to God’s mercy. Lord, use me for your purposes.