Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
When we think of David, we think: shepherd, poet, giant-killer, king, ancestor of Jesus—in short, one of the greatest men in the Old Testament. But alongside that list stands another: betrayer, liar, adulterer, murderer. The first list gives qualities we all might like to have; the second, qualities that might be true of any one of us. The Bible makes no effort to hide David's failures. Yet he is remembered and respected for his heart for God. Knowing how much more we share in David's failures than in his greatness, we should be curious to find out what made God refer to David as "a man after my own heart." Act 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.
David, more than anything else, had an unchangeable belief in the faithful and forgiving nature of God. He was a man who lived with great zest. He sinned, but he was quick to confess his sins. His confessions were from the heart, and his repentance was genuine. David never took God's forgiveness lightly or his blessing for granted. In return, God never held back from David either his forgiveness or the consequences of his actions. David experienced the joy of forgiveness even when he had to suffer the consequences of his sins. 1Jn 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. We tend to get these two reversed. Too often we would rather avoid the consequences than experience forgiveness. Another big difference between us and David is that while he sinned greatly, he did not sin repeatedly. He learned from his mistakes because he accepted the suffering they brought. Often, we don't seem to learn from our mistakes or the consequences that result from those mistakes. What changes would it take for God to find this kind of obedience in you?
We can learn a lot by experiencing Life’s Lessons, but we should use the experience to learn, and not just ignore it. Our willingness to be honest and admit our mistakes is the first step in dealing with them. Forgiveness does not remove the consequences of sin, but God greatly desires our complete trust and worship. David never acted like his sin didn’t happen, nor did he try to convince God that his actions were not sinful, or like so many today, try to blame his sin on someone else. He admitted them to God, and then he repented for his actions. You will never read where David told God, I did it because everyone else was doing it. That isn’t a reason, it’s merely an excuse, and a wedge which is driven between you and your savior, it will not merit forgiveness, but it will weigh on your shoulders, as if you are carrying the weight of the whole world. God will forgive us of our sins, but we have to be honest in admitting we have done wrong, then and only then will God’s amazing grace deliver you from that enormous burden which you carry. Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. David knew, and understood the Goodness and Mercy of God, and he exercised that knowledge many times. Knowledge of Gods Grace will not keep us from sinning, but it should encourage us to seek Gods forgiveness instead of, trying to hide, or bury our sins.
We find in Genesis chapter three, Adam tried to hide from God because of his sin, but God knew all about it before he even asked Adam, and his excuse was, that woman. When God spoke to Eve, her excuse was, that serpent, but God didn’t accept their excuse, and he will not accept yours either, so we might as well own up to it, repent of it, accept the consequences, and enjoy walking with the Lord.
God Bless You, Pastor Dave Hutchison
We are so grateful to God for his Love, Grace, and Mercy
From All Of Us At Forestdale Baptist Church
May the Blessings, of Gods Grace transform your life.