Today’s reading is the story of David and Uriah. David did a shameful thing before God. He had an affair with a married woman and then tried to cover it up. When he couldn’t, he had her husband killed – sending Uriah’s death warrant by his own hand.
Sometimes we mess up big. We follow our own lusts and desires, never considering how it will cost us. Never considering how it will cost others. Never considering that perhaps we’re about to do something that’s wrong and unhealthy.
God forgave David, but he punished him. Read further on in the text to see the rest of the story. God will forgive us when we confess, but we still have to live with the consequences. You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against Your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is nothing good in us. O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O God, who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent; according to Your promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord. Grant that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life; to the glory of His name. Amen.