David’s sin of adultery with Bathsheba was about as bad as it gets (2 Samuel 11-12). Even though the Scriptures call David “a man after God’s own heart”, this one event in David’s life had consequences that rippled through generations of his family. With that as the backdrop, David penned Psalm 51. In it, he confesses his sin and pleads with God for forgiveness and cleansing. It is clear that David owned his mistakes, but that he also trusted God no matter what God’s judgment was (v. 4). In his repentance, David sets a model for us. It all begins with telling ourselves the truth about our brokenness and then allowing God to cleanse us by the blood of Jesus.