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The Psalms show us the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and Uriah.
(That sin: He got one of his soldier’s wives pregnant and then orchestrated to have that soldier killed in battle.)
Psalm 51 shows us David’s repentance: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”
Psalm 32 may also refer ot the same event: “I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”
These two psalms speak beautifully of repentance and forgiveness. But the same prophet who pronounced David’s forgiveness (2 Samuel 12:13) also warned of future consequences: “‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house.”‘” (2 Samuel 12:11)
So, in the years that followed, David lived with both the blessing of forgiveness and the dread of coming evil.
Alexander Maclaren saw other psalms as fitting into that period. They also give us insight into David’s experience.