....my own, not anyone else's. Well, and I guess sin in general. I've been thinking about Psalm 51 a lot lately in connection with myself. It's such a beautiful psalm and powerful. I like reading it when I get to feeling uppity and that I'm not so bad as the next guy. It always takes that feeling away. My usual response to that chapter is one of relief. Relief of confession of sin and the relief of God's love and mercy to sinners. But lately, last week specifically, I got another impression that wasn't so relieving. David's genuine confession and humble stance before a Holy God was a good thing .... ...but it didn't bring Uriah back or restore Bathsheba's honor as Uriah's wife. And it didn't prevent God from executing justice. "But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." We don't sin in a vacuum and our sins have far more extensive consequences that we like to admit. No one's sin "only harms themselves". We like to justify our sin by thinking, "I'm not hurting anyone" or "No one really knows, so it's OK". I've have some of my own sin affect others grievously. I don't need to go into all of that. Who could understand that sin's vines and tendrils grow and grow like that. David repented like man after God's own heart. But Uriah stayed murdered. Bathsheba stayed dishonored and exploited. And that baby died by God's own will. Makes me wonder just how far my own sin reaches into the lives of others.