37. Continue to worship God

Last time we witnessed the very first misstep of David. His life has been one massive example to us all. Unfortunately at the pinnacle of his life, when God had given him everything that he could ever desire, he committed adultery and murder. This displeased God greatly, as David was a man after His own heart. David thought he had gotten away with his actions, but God knew and David couldn't escape the consequences.

God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David.

"Thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword." 2 Samuel 12:7-9

God was very angry and through Nathan the prophet God spoke that adversity will arise within David's own house and the child born out of wedlock will die.

Nathan confronted David in his own home. And once again it was amazing to me to see how David reacted. He could have denied it, he could have pretended that it wasn't true, he could have kicked Nathan out, but instead he humbled himself again before the Lord and repented. He confessed that he had sinned and that he was sorry about it.

The child got very sick. David fasted and pleaded with God to save the child's life. He lay on the ground and pleaded. The elders tried to lift him off from the ground and wanted him to eat, but he would not. On the seventh day David heard that the child had died. His reaction again was commendable to me:

"So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped." 2 Samuel 12:20

Wow, even though he didn't get what he had pleaded from God, he still went to God and worshipped Him. That is truly admirable. He could have been angry with God, he could have decided to stop following God, but no, he decided to go and praise God and worship Him.

When David was confronted with his sin, he repented and then he tried to convince God to take the consequences away. But when God wouldn't, he still praised Him. We can certainly learn from his reactions.

We should also be open to other people pointing out our sin to us. We might be blind to it and even try to justify it, but when it is pointed out; we should listen to it and repent of it. Now today God doesn't punish us for our sins anymore, as Jesus bore our punishment, but the consequences of our sins might remain. If we committed adultery and is divorced because of it, we must bear all the consequences that comes from a divorced life. If we lost a dear friend due to our gossip, it is a consequence of our sin. If we are punished at work due to unethical behavior, it is a consequence of our sin. And so I can go on. We need to understand that it is not God punishing us, but it is simply what happens if we allow sin to run rampant. And we should accept those consequences and continue to praise God and honor Him. We shouldn't turn our backs on Him. It is not His fault. Though God doesn't condone our behavior, He forgives us and will help us through it. Trust Him, hold on to Him and never let go. David did just that and we will see next week how God blessed him.

Father, we are sorry for the sins that we commit. We are so grateful that You have forgiven all our sins at the cross; we praise Your mighty Name. Please help us to bear the consequences of our sins. Please help us that the load is not too heavy for us. We praise You now and forevermore! Amen

1 comment for “37. Continue to worship God”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Monday, 25 January 2021 at 4:10:25 PM

    God remains faithful, Hebrews 13:5, it is us who stray from Him. He always waits with open welcoming arms!

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