King David is known as a man after God's own heart and yet in 2 Samuel 11, we learn of some terrible acts he committed. After committing adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah who was off doing battle, he discovers that Bathsheba is pregnant. Since Bathsheba's husband has been gone for some time, David gets the brilliant idea to send for Uriah immediately in the hopes that he will sleep with his wife. Then, hopefully, once Bathsheba's pregnancy becomes visible, everyone will think it is Uriah's child.
There is a problem though. Uriah is an honorable man. He cannot bear the thought of indulging in marital bliss with his comrades out on the battlefield. He has no choice but to return home under orders but he decides to resist the charms of his wife.
This of course, spoils David's plan so he opts for Plan B. Uriah is ordered back to the battlefield only this time David gives instructions that Uriah is to be placed in the most dangerous position of all, one where he is sure to be killed. Uriah dies and David marries the bereaved widow, after all he should give care and comfort to the widow of this brave and faithful man, right? Oh my! Bathsheba and David are expecting. That was quick, wasn't it!
The prophet Nathan comes to David and declares God's judgment for this sin. It is not a happy meeting. David is told that the child will die and grief will come upon his household. Unlike King Saul had done when confronted with his sin, David admitted his guilt, repented and sought God's forgiveness.
God granted it but... there were still consequences for David's sin. We have to remember that though we are forgiven, there are times when we must live with some of the consequences of sin.
It was during this time that David wrote Psalm 51.
David first recognizes the love and mercy of God. He asks him to cleanse him of his sin. Why? Because David recognizes that he rebelled against God. He is experiencing conviction and he makes no excuses for his behavior. He admits who he is and what he has done.
I have always found this verse rather interesting. David says nothing about sinning against Uriah or even Bathsheba. Ultimately, we sin against God and God alone. David recognized that and admitted it. He deserved the judgement of God as do we.
Why? David tells us the reason in verse 6.
Without Christ, this is who we are.
David seeks forgiveness but he wants more than that. He wants to be purified and restored. He wants to walk in God's ways. He wants to let everyone know of God's forgiveness. This is more than simply saying sorry. This is repentance!
There is one sacrifice and one sacrifice alone that God desires. A broken and repentant heart. It is only then that whatever we offer up to God will be acceptable for those are sacrifices offered in the right spirit.
Do we have a broken and repentant heart?
I think it was Oswald Chambers who said that until man came to realize just how wicked and fallen he was he would continue to try and perfume a corpse or maybe that was Leonard Ravenhill but either way...I have loved reading this message and the heart of it and how it so perfectly makes me want to cry out for renewal and restoration at all times realizing the safest place in the world is in the Master's Hands saving me not only to Heaven and from Hell but to Him an away from self destruction. My daily greatest need is His saving power from ME!!!
thanks K for sharing
I stopped in this morning and was blessed by your blog. :coffee:
Just so you know, the title alone was enough to make me cringe...I want it to be easy and I want it to be comfortable...when I am wrong I just want to be forgiven...but when I have to get the heart involved I cringe because I know it's going to be real. Broken means laying the superficial aside and getting down to brass tacks. I don't like that, I know it's right, but it doesn't make it easy to look in the mirror of the heart and say it like it is and confess what He already knows. And then there is the matter of repentance, to change, the current status of the situation in such a manner that the offense does not repeat itself. Humbly I must say, Grace and Mercy are amazing gifts and the come only when we embrace brokenness and repentance. Great reminder of many things within you blog this morning.
Thanks for taking the time to share with me that blessing.
[quote]I want it to be easy and I want it to be comfortable...when I am wrong I just want to be forgiven...but when I have to get the heart involved I cringe because I know it's going to be real. [/quote]
I am thinking about when we must seek forgiveness of each other... I mean when we know we have wronged someone... we know it and we know that we must make it right. It is very humbling and never easy.