Psalm 51 is a beautiful section of scripture written by King David after Nathan calls him out for his sins of adultery and murder. He was a man who loved God and knew God’s love for him. There is no doubt that he was feeling the weight of his transgression as he wrote the words of this prayer. He was broken.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
-Psalm 5 : 4-8