2 Samuel 11:2-12:24; Psalms 6, 32, 38
What would you say was the worst sin you’ve ever committed? Are you living with the consequences? Have you asked God to forgive you?
We read about David’s doozie of a sin with Bathsheba, his attempt to make her husband Uriah believe he was the father of her baby, and when that didn’t work David arranged Uriah’s death. For David, one sin led to another and another and another.
God punished David for these sins. God also forgave David when he repented. But I wonder if David was ever able to look into the eyes of Bathsheba and not see the face of Uriah. Sometimes you just can’t escape the consequences of sin.
We read the psalms David wrote during this time and can’t help but feel his anguish. He tells us even his bones were in agony, his guilt overwhelmed him, the light had gone out of his eyes. It sounds like David was in the throws of a deep depression. David knew what it was like to hit rock bottom because of his sin. David also knew what it was like to be lifted up from those depths.
Psalm 32 describes this beautifully. It begins:
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
David had tried to cover his own sins, by committing more sins. He learned that no matter how he spun it, he could not undo what had been done. He couldn’t hide it hoping others wouldn’t know his guilt. The psalm continues:
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When you think about the worst sin you’ve ever committed, have you been honest about it with God? Have you confessed it all? David tells us God covers that sin and does not count it against you. Can you imagine?
You might beat yourself up every day because of that horrible sin. But I John 1:9 tells us this:
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Forgive AND cleanse!
David goes on in Psalm 32 to say God not only covered his sin, He forgave David’s guilt of that sin. If you are holding on to guilt over past sin, please read this psalm. Let David assure you that the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds you, surrounds all of us who trust Him.
I asked you to think about the worst sin you’ve ever committed. But the truth is, every sin comes with a death penalty. Every sin separates us from God, and should cause us to feel guilty and ashamed. And every sin is forgivable if we confess it to God who died on a cross so we could be forgiven.
Earlier I wondered if David was ever able to not see Uriah’s face when he looked at Bathsheba. I hope so. I hope when he looked at her he was reminded instead of God’s grace, God’s forgiveness, God’s amazing love. Because when David confessed his sin of adultery and murder, he was
Forgiven and Cleansed.
God indeed forgave David of his sin, but He didn’t remove the consequence of that sin, consequences which followed David ’til the day he died.
Thank you for pointing out that important fact. I certainly didn’t mean to imply he escaped the consequences. Being forgiven and cleansed doesn’t cancel out the effect past sin has on our lives. David’s son stayed dead. David didn’t stop being Uriah’s murderer. The truth is we all carry the consequences for sins God has forgiven. And we will until He calls us home. But I’m so thankful that those consequences don’t have to prevent us from experiencing His presence, His forgiveness, and grace today. May it be true in all of us. Thanks again. I appreciate you!