“The Lord has given over the kingdom…” From the time of the adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, David’s fortunes were in decline. For all the good things he did, David’s hands were bloody. Yet, he knew how to acknowledge his sins and ask for forgiveness. That’s a good lesson for us, to ask God to forgive us any and all we have done wrong. Help us, Lord, to face who we really are: a sinner in need of forgiveness.