“Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.” (Psalm 51:4) Hyperbole – extreme exaggeration to emphasise a point. Is that what David is doing here while insisting that he has sinned ONLY against the LORD? I doubt it. David knows full well that many others have been adversely affected by his waywardness and drawn into a tangled web of deceit. Not the least of these were Bathsheba, with whom he committed adultery, and her husband, Uriah the Hittite, as well as Joab, who was complicit with the King in arranging Uriah’s death. Rarely is it the case that a single individual is involved where sin runs riot. Often, it infects whole families, sometimes an entire church, or perhaps a whole nation. So, what is this verse about? Well, I believe it is an honest recognition that, along with these others, David has grieved God. That interests me, and brings me back to where I ought to be when confessing my own wrongdoing. Reflect with me for a moment – in your prayers, are you just sorry you got caught? Are you genuinely apologetic to those you have hurt in the process? How many of us realise how we have disappointed the LORD when we fall from grace? This latter point is where King David is at in this verse of Scripture. He is beginning to come to a full appreciation of how far his life has strayed from the ways of His Maker. He realises that nothing is hidden from the view of Almighty God. In doing so, he is taking the first tentative steps towards forgiveness and recovery.