Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not conceal my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
David was in denial about his sin for almost a year after committing adultery with Bathsheba. He thought it was his secret, but I believe it was a common topic of gossip in the palace.
The persons who went to get Bathsheba knew, the messenger from Bathsheba to David knew, Joab the man who David ask to have Uriah killed knew, and it is likely the messenger reporting back to David knew. More importantly God knew of David’s sin and He chastened, watched and waited for David to confess.
Finally, after nearly a year of chastening and waiting God sent Nathan to rebuke David. [ 2 Samuel 12:1-14 ] Nathan told a story of a rich man with many lambs, but took the only one a poor man had to feed a traveler. David reacted with anger and said the man deserves to die.
Then Nathan said “ 7 Nathan replied to David, “You are the man!…9 Why then have you despised the Lord’s command…? You struck down Uriah the Hethite with the sword and took his wife as your own wife…” [2 Samuel 12:7&9]
Can you imagine in that moment of time David recalling his sins of adultery, murder and deceit in the cover-up. He did not try to continue to deny or conceal his iniquity, he acknowledged his sin to God, and then he confessed his transgressions to the Lord. Then the most wonderful thing happened, God forgave David’s sin.
Then David took the 2nd step of repentance. True repentance leads a person to say to God, “I have sinned, please forgive me” and perseveres with a 180-degree change of direction with the help of the Holy Spirit. The fact that David wrote Psalm 51 and later Psalm 32 & 38, is an indication that not only was he sorry for his sin but with the Holy Spirit’s help he persevered to make a change from his sins. He wanted to acknowledge his sin to his entire kingdom and the joy that came from the forgiveness of God.
This is a good daily pattern for us: REVIEW our recent actions, motives, thoughts and words against each quality of the fruit of the Spirit or other Bible passages & acknowledge sins; CONFESS where we have sinned against God & others; REPENT of this sin, asking God for help [a] to change our heart and [b] in our persevering to turn from sin.
Henry Luke 8/15/2017
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