Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51
Key Verse: “David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.'” – 2 Samuel 12:13-14
It is an inevitable fact that we are sinners. This fact doesn’t end at conversion. This fact doesn’t end when the Holy Spirit of God enters you. This fact doesn’t end even when you set your heart’s desires on the desires of the LORD according to His Word. We are sinners from birth until death and nothing can change this. Since we are the offspring of Eve who first sinned against the LORD, forever separating mankind from His presence, we sin from birth. What a depressing and hopeless state of being we are in. And if you were to say we are hopeless then I would say yes, without Christ, we most certainly have no hope of overcoming our sin and the death it breeds. Our sin and I am talking to Christians too, is due to one simple reason; we ignore God. When we ignore Him and focus on things and people other than Him, we are most susceptible to sin. David is a perfect example of this. If you think that pastors and godly men are immune to sin then focus on David’s story. He was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Despite this, he took his focus and devotion off of the Lord. Oh what danger there is in ignoring the LORD God! The moment David did this, the desires of his flesh took over the desires of the Spirit of God who was in him. Sound familiar? It definitely does to me. He lusted after Bathsheeba and ultimately did whatever it took to have her. After committing adultery with Bathsheeba, David (still focusing on himself rather than the LORD) had to cover up his sin. How familiar does this sound? We can so obviously see from the life of David that committing another sin to cover up a previous sin is not the way to handle your sin problem. Finally, after all this sin, David is convicted of his sin by the LORD. Although David’s sin was in secret, the LORD sees all that is in secret and judged him for this sin. Whether public or private, God sees all that we do and we will be judged according to our actions whether other people know about them or not. The first step in dealing with sin is an admittance of the sin.
David begins his repentance with three simple words, “I have sinned.” Wow. What a simple statement that so many of us fail to ever say. Have you ever started out a prayer after you have sinned and just simply told God, “I have sinned”? In repenting of our sin, we must first admit that we have. Repentance begins with confession. God knows we have sinned so this is nothing new to Him but that isn’t the point. The point is to realize we have sinned in order to see and savor how great God is in His forgiveness. Feeling the guilt of your sin is not enough. This conviction of the Holy Spirit must not be in vain. He convicts us to wake us up and open our eyes to lead us to say, “I have sinned.”
Thankfully, sin is not a condition without a cure. Jesus Christ came, lived, died, and rose from the dead in order to defeat sin and death so that we may be forever forgiven. When you are a child of God by faith in Christ by grace alone, your sin has no control or dominion over your life. The LORD puts away our sin (2 Samuel 12:13). He forgave David the moment David acknowledged his sin. The moment we acknowledge our sin and mourn in our hearts to begin repentance, God meets us head on with forgiveness. He puts our sin away, completely erasing it from existence because of the perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. So, instead of trying to cover up your sin or hide in shame of it, confess it and be met head on with loving mercy and forgiveness. Let this lead you into praise for the never ending steadfast love of the LORD.
One more important implication to notice today is that even though God immediately, eagerly, and mercifully forgives us of our sin, the consequences remain. We must accept this and embrace it. Because David scorned the LORD, the child born to him was going to die (2 Samuel 12:14). There was no stopping this result from the sin. God punishes us for our sin because He hates it. Although this sin is no longer held over your head, the consequences remain. David could do nothing to prevent the consequence of His sin. His son was going to die no matter what he did. Do not be discouraged by the consequences of your sin. Mourn and fast in order to renew your relationship with the LORD and when these consequences relinquish, praise the LORD and live in the new life that you have in Christ. Celebrate with a great feast as David did, signifying that you have repented of your sin and returned your devotion and focus to the One who forever, without ceasing, shows mercy by forgiving sin by the blood of Christ.
Go away with this today: when you sin, recognize your sin for yourself and confess it to the LORD, rest in the assurance that you are forgiven because of your faith in Christ, mourn over your consequences and fast so as to return your focus and devotion to God your Savior. Rest in His unfailing, steadfast love today. Thank Him for His great love and mercy. Turn from your sin and live for Him today.
Prayer:” My Father, who is in Heaven, thank you for your amazing love and great mercy. I know that I am not worthy but I praise you because you are! Father, I have sinned against you and I am bare before you in my confession. I repent of this sin and I turn to run into your loving embrace. Help me to turn all my devotion to you and renew my spirit as I go through the consequences of my actions against you. Thank you for always being with me simply because I follow you and for loving me despite my sin. I choose to live for you today. Create in me a clean heart. Today is yours. Amen.”