Reflection: David's Confession in Psalm 51:3-4

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…” 

David’s confession (after his sin with Bathsheba) teaches us that evil is anything that contradicts the holy nature of God.

Evil exists in the world and in our lives. Evil is morally wrong and sinful. Its existence poses a problem. There have been many arguments used to indict God as the cause of evil. Here is one of them: 1) God is the creator of everything that exists. 2) Evil exists. 3) Therefore, God is the creator of evil.

Does that human logic make God the creator of evil? No! Of course not. The problem with that argument is, it assumes that evil is something. Evil is not a thing; it is the absence of good. The Christian philosopher J. P. Moreland noted: “Evil is a lack of goodness. It is goodness spoiled.”

Hence, when we fall into evil, it is best, like David, to go humbly to God and pray, “have mercy on me, O God … according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions … Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1-2)