Friday, January 20, 2012

The LORD also has put away your Sin

"The LORD also has put away your sin" (2 Samuel 12:13)

These are the words of the Lord spoken through the prophet Nathan.  These were great words of comfort to the soul of king David.  David had just committed adultery with Bathsheba.  Then he had her husband killed in the war when he commanded Joab to place Uriah at the front of battle and withdraw the other men.  These were selfish days for David.  He no longer saw God as all-glorious because his sin had blinded him.  But God lavished his grace upon him through the prophet Nathan.

Have you ever doubted the grace of God?  Maybe sin has had a grip upon you and you think God is no where to be found.  Or maybe sin has a grip on you and you don't want God around.  Maybe you are content in or enjoying your sin.  Perhaps you love the sin and no longer feel as if God can satisfy your soul.  These are troublesome days if this is true of your life.  If you are his though, he will not let it go long.  God will expose your sin bringing you to repentance and turning you back to him.   He wants your best even if it hurts.  David was no different.  It was said of David that he was a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22).  That tends not to register with us after we read a chapter like 2 Samuel 11.  God was still there as David's Savior but David's had not guarded himself against sin.  He really had no accountability from an earthly standpoint either.  Once he got away with one sin, he just kept piling them on until he was at a place where he needed to sin more to cover up his sin.  This was a mess.  But David did not realize how big of mess it actually was at the time.  He was loving his sin while rejecting his God.  

The good news is that God never rejected David.  While David was indulging his flesh, God was grieving over David's sin.  He knew David would never be satisfied with his sin which is why David continued down the trail until God rescued him from himself.  So he sends the prophet Nathan to confront him.  Nathan comes and speaks truth to David using a parable to peel the blinders of David's eyes.  We also see the grace of God in the fact that David was broken over his sin.  David did not try to deny his sin but rather repented saying, "I have sinned against the LORD."  We get even a greater glimpse into David's brokenness over his sin in Psalm 51:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot our my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly of my iniquities, and cleanse me from my sin!  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  Against you, you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. (1-4a)

God had brought his child back to the fountain of life.  He brought David back to drink from the eternal spring which satisfies the soul.  David had a broken spirit and a contrite heart which are the sacrifices of God.  And God spoke through Nathan again saying to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin."  I imagine tears were streaming down the face of David and excitement was welling up in his heart as he heard that he was forgiven of his sin.  

What about us?  Maybe we haven't committed sins like David but we have all sinned.  Worse off, we are all sinners.  This is who we are as humans.  We are all sinners by nature.  Because of Adam we all have the "sinner gene."  There is no escaping this reality.  Maybe we haven't committed sins like David but each of us are capable of it.  In our thoughts and intentions we have all committed these sins.  We must remember that David is not our standard.  If we are better than David or our neighbor or our friends or whoever you want to put on that list, it only means one thing: We are better than those people.  The problem is those people are not the ones who will judge us in the end.  There is a Judge and his name is Jesus.  His standard is perfection.  He demands holiness.  This is a dilemma for all of us from the "good" to the "bad."  

But the good news is that the Judge came to pay our penalty that we deserve.  He came to take our wrath and our sins upon himself.  David could be pardoned and reconciled because of Christ.  We too can be forgiven and reconciled because of Christ.  If your faith is in Christ than you already know about this pardoning.  If sin has gripped you, repent.  Come with your broken heart to the foot of the cross and see your Father's loving arms outstretched ready to embrace you.  If you are not in Christ, repent.  Humbly bow before the Father and ask him to forgive you of you sins.  Place your faith in Christ.  Hear the word of the Lord: "The Lord also has put away your sin."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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