3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me. Psalm 51:3
For David the pain of his sin was still raw. Actually, getting caught and fessing up to his sin was what started the sting. Of course, the weight of his sin had to bear down on him, especially since the revelation had to have come from God through Nathan.
What David didn’t know when he sinned was the consequences that awaited him as a result of his sin: his family would die by the sword (2 Samuel 12:10), his wives would be taken by another man (2 Samuel 12:11), his household would rebel against him (2 Samuel 12:11), and Israel would know about the consequences because of his transgressions (2 Samuel 12:12). How he would take back those moments of passion and rage if he could! But he couldn’t.
And neither can we.
We know we are sinners, and prone to sin. We don’t know the specific consequences that await us because of our sin. For instance if we fib a bit about something or gossip about someone, sooner or later there will be consequences. Just as we know that God will mete out justice to those who harm the innocent, that same God knows and sees our sin – as much as we may try to hide it from him and others.
David now knew that his sin and the consequences of that sin, though forgiven by a forgiving God, would follow him the rest of his life.
Sin is like that.