David was a great servant of God and a great king. Throughout his life, he was known as “a Man after God’s own heart.” Still, there were points in David’s life when sin caused him great sorrow. His seduction of Bathsheba, the murder of Uriah, the counting of his troops, and his troubles with Absalom–were times when David failed and failed large.
Still, in the midst of the failure, he was not spared the cost of his sin. He lost his baby, he almost lost his kingdom to Absalom, and he saw a devastating plague as a result of the counting of his troops. Still, in the midst of the horrific trials–David still repented and sought God. He did not turn away from God, nor seek the world’s relief; no, instead–he repented and sought God’s mercy and God’s healing. He was confident, that God would hear his prayer and heal and restore his life–He was right.
When we fail, we need to have the heart of David. We need not try to hide our sin–we need to repent and move forward. It may be awful, and God may allow consequence; but, he does forgive and will continue to walk with us through the most difficult of circumstances. We must never be afraid to open our hearts and cry out to God–our Heavenly Father. We can confess our sin, and he will forgive us of that sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (I John 1:9).
God wants our heart. He will faithfully stand by us in all circumstance. He simply seeks our devotion and our desire to follow him.
God Bless You
O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,
Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure.
2 Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled;
But You, O Lord—how long?
4 Return, O Lord, deliver me!
Oh, save me for Your mercies’ sake!
5 For in death there is no remembrance of You;
In the grave who will give You thanks?
6 I am weary with my groaning;
All night I make my bed swim;
I drench my couch with my tears.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
It grows old because of all my enemies.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity;
For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my supplication;
The Lord will receive my prayer.
10 Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled;
Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly.