Sunday, September 18, 2011

Against Thee, Thee Only

 1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
 2Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
 3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
 4Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 
(Psalm 51:1-4, King James Version)

Against Thee, Thee Only

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. (from A Tale of Two Cities)

For David, King of Israel, times could not be better; his kingdom was well established, and wars were nothing more than small skirmishes against neighboring nations.

Why is it, that at times when everything is going well, we are the most vulnerable to sin?

Such was certainly the case for King David. Looking out his balcony one day, he observed a most beautiful woman; after inquiry, however, he learned that this was none other than Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of his most mighty men in battle.

That should have been the end of the matter, but we know that is was not. He was the king, after all, and he could have whatever he wanted; that included Bathsheba. Of course, we know what happened; Bathsheba became pregnant with David's child. Seeking to cover up his sin and guilt he arranged to have Uriah come home from the battle so he could be with his wife. Uriah did no such thing, but slept outside his door. So David committed an even worse sin: he arranged to have Uriah killed in battle, and then took Bathsheba as his wife.

It would seem to be the perfect cover-up, however nothing is hidden from the Lord. It did not take long for Nathan the prophet, being sent from God, to confront David. You can just see his finger pointing at David as ye proclaimed, Thou art the man. Indeed, it was the worst of times; that one sin of David brought untold grief upon him for the rest of his life.

There is good news, however. In spite of his sin, David was a man after God's own heart. In agony over his sin, David penned the words of Psalm 51. You see, Christians do sin, sometimes even grievously. The true heart of the person is shown by what they do when confronted with their sin. David could have made excuses for himself, but he knew that, in truth, his true sin was against God.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight; that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
That really is the truth today as well. When we sin against family, friends, or neighbors, or even ourselves, the greater sin is our sin against God. As Christians, we desire to live obediently to God's Law, but not so that we can be honored by men. It is God we serve, and it is Him we must please. We can hide much of our sin from others, can we not? However, we cannot hide anything from God. There is no perfect crime!

Though this was a devastating time for King David, God chose to allow David to commit such a grievous sin, and had it recorded in Scripture, that He might show to us the power of His forgiveness. God desires that our first love be to Him, and shows us that, when we come with a truly repentant heart, He always forgives. We may still have to suffer the results of that sin, as did David, but we can be assured of complete forgiveness by God.

Like David, let us go to God with our sin and confess, Against Thee, Thee only have I sinned. He alone has the power to forgive!

God Bless You,

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