2 Samuel 11-12 tell the awful story of King David’s adultery with Bathsheba and his attempts to cover things up afterwards, before being confronted by Nathan the prophet. “I have sinned against the Lord”, David finally admits, and Psalm 51 is his heartfelt prayer of repentance; the public outpouring of a contrite heart in all its humiliation. David was forgiven and restored, and enjoyed many more years of fellowship with His beloved God. This tragic episode serves as both a warning and an encouragement to all God‘s people. On the one hand, sin is no respecter of persons, and we must be aware of our weak-spots. Nevertheless, however we may have fallen and whatever the past, when we come clean with the Lord there is bright hope for great future!