King David committed sins of Divine Disobedience, Pride, Lust, Adultery, Deception, and Premeditated Murder, and yet he is heralded by scripture as a man after God’s own heart because he always returned to God with Brokenness and Transparency, and accepted the consequences of his sin.
“After removing Saul, He made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”
~ Acts 13:22
God said this with full knowledge of all David’s future sinful activities. He also knew how David would respond to His correction and discipline. The entirety of Psalm 51 is a record of David’s prayer of repentance after his adultery with Bathsheba and his premeditated murder of her husband. Here is a brief selection of verses:
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow…
Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart You, God, will not despise.”
~ Psalm 51:7,9-10,17
Now, just to be clear, it isn’t that God allowed David to just get away with murder. Each of David’s sins resulted in profound consequences, physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally, materially, and spiritually. Some of the consequences were God’s disciplines to help teach David greater self-control, while other consequences were of a natural progression of events caused by his own actions. God’s grace is evident in David’s life because each of his sins made him worthy of the Divine death penalty (just as our own sins do), but he was afforded the opportunities to return to God wholeheartedly.
God’s grace is a delay of final judgement so that we will have an opportunity to repent and return to Him. God’s delight is always found in the return of His prodigal kids, He loves His comeback kids!
Are you a Comeback Kid? When you fail God in small ways or in big ways, do you always return to Him with a broken and contrite heart? Are you always accepting of the consequences? Though God will forgive, He may also discipline. His discipline is not the judgement and penalty for your sin (that would be the death penalty!), instead His discipline is training you for living righteously with Him and to help free you from further sin.
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