The Bible is a fascinating book. I encourage you to read it, even if you’ve never picked it up before, even if you’ve only ever seen it in hotel rooms. There are moments of incredible passion, unrivalled emotion, fascinating intertwining stories of broken people. One such story is found in the book of 2 Samuel. It is the story of David and Bathsheba. David was a wonderful man, and a glorious King. But he is perhaps most famous for his adulterous relationship with the aforementioned beautiful women. It is tragedy beyond that of Romeo and Juliet, or Oedipus, as God’s beloved King kills a man so that he may have his wife.
David wrote a song to God, expressing the depths of his regret. This is an excerpt.
Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
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