Scripture Reading: Joshua 8:1-9:15 / Luke 22:63-23:25 / Psalm 51:1-9
God described David as having a heart for Him. David was a true worshipper who longed to be in the House of The Lord. He was sensitive to the ways and the voice of God. Saul physically stood head and shoulders above everyone but David’s heart was highly set on the things of God, not the things of the world. We emulate David’s spiritual commitment but the greatest enemy he would ever battle was not a bear, lion or even Goliath but himself…his calloused heart and seared conscience.
David’s sin began with adultery followed by deception, then ingratitude, injustice, treachery and murder. After David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba and her pregnancy, he attempted to cover up his sin and when that was unsuccessful, he murdered her husband Uriah. It is said, “It is the nature of sin to multiply itself and to draw the sinner into greater and greater enormities.” So it was for David as he set aside his undivided heart for God and followed his passion, lust and pride into deeper places of sin.
He lived a double life, concealing his sin while presenting himself as righteous. In vain he strove to maintain a form of godliness but the “secret of the Lord” was lost. Outwardly he maintained a form of godliness but inwardly he was like a troubled restless sea. Not only did he conceal his sin from man, he refused to admit his iniquity before God. His impenitent heart sought to justify and excuse his sin despite his condemned conscience. Sin had blinded, hardened and enslaved him.
David showed no signs of brokenness or repentance until Nathan the prophet confronted him. Man will often conceal their sin until it is confronted or exposed. David’s confession came from his heart and he did not make excuses for his sin. His deep internal struggle was exposed and healing and restoration was now possible. David prayed, “Have mercy on me, O God.” (Psalm 51:1) He prayed for God’s mercy knowing he didn’t’ deserve forgiveness but judgment.
He was like a soiled and foul garment so he asked God, “Wash me” (vs.2) No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t remove the sin or guilty stain. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean.” (vs.7) Lepers were declared clean and completely pardoned from sin when they were sprinkled by a water and/or blood dipped hyssop plant. David prayed, “Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” (vs.7) Not only forgiven and acquitted but made fresh, new and pure.
David not only came face to face with his sin, he came face to face with God. His heart was broken and he responded in bitter repentance because he sinned against a righteous and holy God. He desired right standing and that would not be secured through sacrifice because there was not an acceptable sacrifice for adultery or murder. David deserved death but God granted mercy. Thank God He loves us enough to expose the sin we try to conceal… and forgives the sin we confess!