David was a man after God’s own heart. Still, he made some of the worst choices of anyone in the world. In the midst of a united kingdom; when he was finally past his years of trials and tribulation–David slept with Bathsheba and killed her husband to cover it up. Nathan, the prophet, confronted David, and without hesitation, David admitted his sin and accepted full responsibility.
With David, there was no finger pointing, no excuses–only truth, remorse for what he had done and repentance–accepting any punishment God would dictate. That saved David’s life and his kingdom. Make no mistake–David would suffer for that sin for the rest of his life–discord within his family and the loss of his child. But God looked at David’s heart; and, saw a genuine desire to accept responsibility for his acts and face the consequence. What’s more, David’s true loss was the separation he had built between him and God.
In our lives, we still sin. We do some things we know have no place in the lives of the body of Christ. But, God tells us in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” As with David, God looks at our hearts. If we will own our choices, seek his forgiveness and accept his leadership in our lives–then God will forgive, cleanse and set us on the path of the most amazing journey!!!
God Bless You
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.