Nathan, My Hero
Psalm 51 is my favorite of the "penitential psalms" - psalms expressing the penitence and confession of the author. Verse 6 has burrowed itself deep into my thinking and motivation: "Behold, You delight in truth in the inward parts."
David wrote this psalm after he came to terms with his sin with Bathsheba, laying out God's holiness, his own sin, his need for cleansing and forgiveness, and delight in walking in freedom, promising to tell others of the goodness of God.
David is amazingly transparent with his confession, and reveals a heart after God kept tender by repentance.
But it's the stuff before verse 1 that inspires me, too.
For the music director. A psalm of David.
When Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
The phrase "came to him" could also be rendered something like "entered into his life."
David wrote this beautiful psalm after Nathan confronted him with his sin. All this great confession and delight happened in David because Nathan got in his face.
And the question struck me: What must Nathan have thought when he read this psalm? How much deep joy? How much gratitude to God for His great work in the heart of another? How much reassurance that he did the right thing by confronting his friend, rather than letting it go?
How many people have been blessed by Nathan's courage?
I read this psalm from David's eyes so often, but now I'm reading this psalm from Nathan's, and I'm encouraged! Not to wag my finger in people's faces about their sin, but to "enter into someone's life" in a way that they encounter God the way that David encountered God.
Nathan is my hero in Psalm 51.