David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam 13:14; Acts 13:22). David was also a man after God’s own forgiveness. Some would say that a sinner has no other choice, but, in reality, there are a number of things we can do with sin other than seek God’s forgiveness. The God of forgiveness is glorified when we seek His forgiveness. Consider these verses from David’s Psalm 51 and see David’s desperate desire to be forgiven, so that he can, once again, serve the God he loves!
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight, . . .
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
14 Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise. . . .
Perhaps, our service of God begins in our willingness to be forgiven by God!