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“I Have Sinned Against Jehovah…”

The king took the wife of one of his devoted bodyguards, while that bodyguard was away risking his life, fighting the king’s battle. When pregnancy resulted, the king schemed to try to avoid responsibility. When all his schemes failed, murderous thoughts entered the mind of one who had once prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” He did it. He took the life of his devoted servant and those that surrounded him in battle. Months went by. The baby was born. A prophet came to see the king with a case to be decided by his majesty. The king had absolutely no difficulty determining the guilty party in the case and quickly rendered the verdict…”Guilty!” It was then the prophet (no doubt looking him squarely in the eye and pointing a long, bony finger in his face) exclaimed, “You are the man!” He proceeded to outline the king’s evil. The king could not contain his guilt and shame any longer. “I have sinned against Jehovah” (2 Samuel 12:13). Immediately the prophet gives God’s reply, “Jehovah also has put away your sin. You shall not die.”

And I was wondering today…please…tell me what you think about that?

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5 thoughts on ““I Have Sinned Against Jehovah…”

  1. “Sin makes us stupid!” This is the conclusion we came to last Saturday as our ladies studied about Adam and Eve. Looking at David we see it again. He messed up … big time. But he didn’t stop there … he proceeded to pile more and more mistakes right on top of the first one. Did he really think he would get away with it? I don’t believe he did. I think he was just spiraling downward and didn’t know how to stop.

    Sin does that … it gets us caught in a web that gets more and more tangled. We become delusional and really think we can fix it if we just do one more thing. No matter what we do we can’t stop fighting it. For most of us it takes hitting bottom … bottoming out … falling flat on our face … or a visit from a prophet … to snap us out of it. Only then can we think more clearly. Usually we are so exhausted from all the fighting … spiraling … tangling … that the first chance we get to breathe … we spill our guts. I think David was relieved to be able to say it out loud. No matter what punishment would come next it couldn’t be as bad as what he was doing to himself.

    I love that word “immediately”. God knew David’s heart … it was like God’s heart, right? He cared for David … had watched him struggle … watched him live in immense guilt. Finally, He had the opportunity to give him a chance to do the right thing … when he did … God jumped on it. Immediately, He let him know that he was forgiven.

    Once David decided to come clean he didn’t have to live a moment longer feeling separated from God. I love all the lessons we get from this.

    David had messed up so much, but God forgave him … immediately. He didn’t make him wallow around in it any longer … He didn’t make him tell Him why he did it … He didn’t even make him promise to never do it again. He just had to admit it … and God forgave.

    Were there still consequences … yes. But David would forever be able to look back at that moment with the prophet and know that God forgave … and would always forgive … immediately.

    THE DAVID STORY KEEPS AMAZING ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN. DAVID HAD WALLOWED HOPELESSLY, HELPLESSLY, IN SIN, GUILT AND SHAME FOR ALL THE MONTHS OF BATHSHEBA’S PREGNANCY. FINALLY NATHAN BROUGHT IN GOD’S VERDICT AND DAVID SPOKE HIS GUILT. DO YOU THINK…WHEN NATHAN TOLD DAVID OF GOD’S GRACE TOWARD HIM “AND JEHOVAH HAS PUT AWAY YOUR SIN. YOU SHALL NOT DIE”…DO YOU THINK DAVID’S HEART COULD FULLY ACCEPT SUCH GRACE IN THAT MOMENT? THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF KNOWING AREN’T THERE? I’M GUESSING THAT THOUGH DAVID UNDERSTOOD THE WORDS OF FORGIVENESS NATHAN OFFERED FROM GOD…STILL, HE COULDN’T FULLY RECEIVE IT. IN THE FIFTY-FIRST PSALM, DAVID SPOKE OF HIS SIN BEING “EVER BEFORE HIM.” I WANT US TO TALK MORE ABOUT ALL THIS. IT DOES MY HEART GOOD TO READ YOUR THOUGHTS AND SEE WHAT THEY REVEAL ABOUT YOUR HEART FOR GOD (BECAUSE YOU ARE ONE WHO IS AFTER GOD’S HEART TOO, LIKE DAVID).

  2. You know murder is an awful thing. I don’t think like God does and have the heart God does. Murder just seems like a very terrible thing, to Kill Someone, put them in that grave to be no more.

    But God did LOVE DAVID. He was a man after God’s Own Heart.
    David did mess up bigtime but Doug has explained to me that God looks at a mans whole life not just the one big bad time he had. David did LOVE GOD also.

    So because of these things and David asking for forgiveness and sorry for the sins in his life “God did just what he said he would do if we asked for forgiveness and know we had sinned” He put his sin as far as the east and west and north and south. He remembered it no more because of David’s change of heart. That is what the secret is of this story, David changed his heart and God is so willing to be there for us like the Prodigal Son story.

    It goes to show us that God can Forgive us of the worst things we have done in life if we acknowledge before God and repent and be most sincerely sorry. It shows me how much God wants us with him even when we mess up really bad sometimes. He gives us 2nd, third, 4th chances, etc, etc, etc. It all depends on our hearts toward God.

    So when you hear there is nothing too bad that God cannot forgive people for it is REALLY TRUE. It is all according to our attitude toward God that makes this happen. God is quick to LOVE, FORGIVE and Want us in HEAVEN WITH HIM.

    I am so glad to know this. Helps me live free but let my God help me live free and aware of what it means to know him and know that my help comes from my GOD.

    SIS, YOU SAID, “It all depends on our hearts toward God.” THAT IS THE REAL KEY, ISN’T IT? WHY DOES A MAN LIKE DAVID, NOT ONLY RECEIVE GOD’S FORGIVENESS, BUT HAS THE WELL-DESERVED DEATH SENTENCE SUSPENDED, WHILE ANOTHER MAN, LIKE ANANIAS, WHO WITH HIS WIFE SAPPHIRA, CONSPIRED TO LIE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD AND DO INDEED PAY WITH THEIR LIVES? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ALL ABOUT THAT, BUT I’M CONVINCED IT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE KIND OF HEART EACH ONE HAD BEFORE GOD. MAY GOD MAINTAIN WITHIN US A HEART THAT IS RIGHT TOWARD HIM, IN SPITE OF OUR SIN-STRUGGLES THROUGH THIS LIFE.

  3. Talk about roller coaster emotions! I feel shocked that David could do such a thing. It’s horrible. It’s shameful. He was God’s anointed! He knew better. Then, I feel relieved when Nathan tells him God has forgiven him. Big sigh of relief!

    If someone where writing out my life…even a small portion of it, depending on the portion…it would produce the same feelings. Shock. How could she do something like that? She knew better! She was God’s child. It’s horrible. It’s shameful. But thanks be to God that the story ends the same. Relief! God has forgiven her.

    Our desires lead us to sin, if we can’t get them under control. Then that sin creates a snowball effect. Lies to cover our sin, more sin because we start to think “what’s the point of trying? I’ve already messed up”, hateful words can be spoken, fingers are pointed in blame. Satan has his game down pat doesn’t he? He knows what will happen in our hearts…and he just sits back and watches as we self-destruct.

    But when someone step in and interrupts our self-destruction, to remind us that God will forgive us, that is a slap to the evil one. That reminder that God can forgive us and will run to wrap us in His arms once we turn back to Him….oh how sweet that thought!

    I love the fact that so often, despite David’s sin, he is used as the standard by which other kings were judged. “He did what was right…he walked in all the ways of David.” God forgives and forgets. Thank you Father.

    LIKE YOU, SHERRY, I, TOO, AM SHOCKED BY THE EXTREMES TO WHICH DAVID WENT IN HIS SINNING. ADULTERY IS SUCH A BAD THING…SO DAMAGING…SO LONG-TERM…SO TRUST-DESTROYING…AND ON AND ON. BUT MURDER?!! WOW! OF COURSE IT’S EASY FOR MOST OF US TO UNDERSTAND THE TEMPTATIONS THAT COME ALONG SEXUAL LINES…AND THOUGH THAT SIN IS DESPICABLE (ALONG WITH ALL SINS, MINE INCLUDED)…AT LEAST WE’RE ABLE TO SEE HOW DAVID COULD FALL LIKE THAT. BUT MURDER? THE MURDER OF A TRUSTED BODYGUARD? AND TO ADD THE MURDERS OF FELLOW SOLDIERS IN THE COVER-UP? I CONFESS…I HAVE NOT THOUGHT MYSELF CAPABLE OF SUCH DEEDS. THOUGH I KNOW I COULD BE WRONG ABOUT THAT ASSESSMENT. BUT DAVID DID IT. I AM SHOCKED. HE COULDN’T SAY HE DIDN’T KNOW BETTER…COULDN’T SAY HE HAD BEEN DENIED HIS NEEDS BY GOD…COULDN’T SAY I SINNED IN A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS…COULDN’T SAY, SOMEONE ELSE LED HIM INTO IT. HE MIGHT HAVE USED SOME OF THOSE EXCUSES RE: THE NIGHT WITH BATHSHEBA…BUT THEY WOULDN’T WORK OVER THE LONG HAUL OF THE COVER-UP.
    AND YET…GOD NOT ONLY FORGAVE HIM, BUT SUSPENDED HIS DEATH SENTENCE!!!???
    I REALLY WANT TO HEAR SOME MORE FROM YOU AND THE OTHERS ABOUT THIS…I HOPE TO POST ANOTHER BLOG RE: THIS.
    BUT, AS A PRECURSOR, THINK WITH ME ABOUT THIS…WHEN GOD FORGAVE DAVID LIKE THIS. WASN’T THAT, AT LEAST EQUALLY SHOCKING COMPARED TO DAVID’S SIN? AND HOW DO YOU THINK IT REFLECTED ON GOD, TO FORGIVE DAVID LIKE THIS? LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK WHEN I GET TO PART TWO OF THIS DISCUSSION. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS BEING WILLING TO SHARE YOUR HEART. I LOVE YOU AND YOURS IN THE LORD…TFS!

  4. Rex Boyles on said:

    I am that man …
    both in the horrible – unholy – shameful – despicable and damnable sin of adultery …
    and in the wondrous – gracious – merciful – heart restoring – soul cleansing love of God.

    I hate what David did (and what I did too). I hate how David had to suffer … but I am so grateful that God revealed these things to us … for in some very specific ways they saved my life … and even now help me breathe.

    MY BROTHER,
    I AM GLAD THAT THOUGH YOU WERE THE MAN WHO COMMITTED, AS YOU SAID, “horrible” SIN, THAT YOU ARE NOW THE MAN WHO EXPERIENCED AND EXPERIENCES DAILY THE “wondrous – gracious – merciful – heart restoring – soul cleansing love of God.” ONE OF THE REASONS I PRAISE MY HEAVENLY FATHER, IS THAT HE RESTORED TO YOU THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION. AND I AM CONVINCED THAT ONE OF THE REASONS HE DID SO, IS THAT HE KNEW YOU WERE LIKE DAVID AND THAT, EVEN WITHOUT MAKING THE VOW, YOU WOULD DO WHAT DAVID PLEDGED TO DO WERE HE SO BLESSED…”Psalm 51:13 (NIV) Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.” AND SO YOU CONTINUE TO DO. AND MANY OTHER TRANSGRESSORS, LIKE ME AND YOU, WILL ALSO HAVE THE BLESSED OPPORTUNITY TO TURN BACK TO GOD. KEEP BREATHING MY BROTHER…FOR I KNOW AS LONG AS YOU ARE DOING THAT YOU WILL BE TELLING HIS GLORIES. I LOVE YOU.

  5. The story of David’s sin gives me hope. It is sad what happened as a result of his sin, and I don’t mean to minimize his sin or my own for that matter. There are many, many examples of God using flawed, sinful people to carry out his purpose. He doesn’t give up on us when we mess up, no matter how big the mistake seems in our eyes. That gives me comfort to know that he can still use me inspite of myself!

    I am thankful for the grace God extended to David because I know he does the same for me!

    SARAH, THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS MATTER. I KNOW YOU DON’T MEAN TO MINIMIZE DAVID’S SIN…AND I THINK THAT’S EXACTLY ONE OF THE MANY, MANY POINTS FATHER GOD WANTS TO SHARE WITH US THROUGH DAVID’S STORY. HIS COMPOUNDED SIN, OVER SO LONG A PERIOD SHOCKS MOST OF US. ALL THE EXCUSES WE HUMANS CAN THINK OF FOR OUR SINS ARE COMPLETELY OUT THE WINDOW FOR DAVID. HE CAN’T REALLY CLAIM ANY EXCUSES AT ALL. PERHAPS HE COULD HAVE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE NIGHT WITH BATHSHEBA. AT THAT POINT HE MIGHT HAVE CLAIMED A MOMENTARY WEAKNESS…LAPSE OF JUDGEMENT…SURGE OF PASSION, OR WHATEVER. MOST OF US COULD UNDERSTAND SUCH AS THAT. BUT, AS HE PRE-MEDITATED HIS MURDEROUS COVER-UP AND AS TIME WENT BY FOR THE CARRYING OUT OF HIS PLOT…HE DID THESE THINGS IN COLD BLOOD. NO EXCUSES LINGER. FOR MANY OF US IT’S A LOT EASIER TO SEE THE REAL DEPTH AND TRAGEDY OF SIN IN ANOTHER’S SIN THAN IT IS FOR US TO SEE IT IN OUR OWN SINS. SO GOD LETS US SEE THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR OWN SINS, IN DAVID’S SINS. WE TOO ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE. AND, SEEING THAT GOD WAS WILLING AND, IN FACT, DID FORGIVE ALL DAVID’S EVILS…WE, AS YOU SAID, CAN BE SO VERY GRATEFUL THAT HE WILL DO THE SAME FOR US.
    I’M WANTING TO GO FURTHER WITH DAVID’S STORY AND GOD’S FORGIVENESS. I HOPE YOU WILL SHARE FURTHER WITH US ABOUT IT. PLEASE READ WHAT I ADDED AFTER SHERRY’S COMMENT ABOVE TO GET AN IDEA ABOUT SOME OF WHAT I’D LIKE US TO DISCUSS.
    AND LET ME ADD HERE THAT I THINK MANY OF US WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH READING THE BIBLE AND THE STORY ABOUT DAVID JUST SORT OF PERFORM THE “PASSOVER” ON DAVID’S SIN WITH BATHSHEBA AND THE HORRIBLE COVER-UP PLOT THAT FOLLOWED…TO THE EXTENT THAT WE JUST ASSUME WE WOULD LOVE TO BE IN DAVID’S PRESENCE…AND THAT WE WOULD HIGHLY REGARD AND RESPECT HIM…NO PROBLEM AT ALL. (AND, OF COURSE, ALL OF THAT SHOULD BE TRUE!) BUT IF WE HAD ACTUALLY BEEN THERE…WOULD WE HAVE REGARDED HIM THAT WAY? OR WOULD WE BE MORE LIKE SHIMEI WHO CURSED DAVID WHEN HE PASSED BY AND THREW STONES AT HIM? HMMMM! I WONDER. I DON’T WONDER ABOUT YOU, SARAH…I WONDER ABOUT ME. YOU HAVE THE HEART, LIKE DAVID’S…LIKE GOD’S…THAT LONGS TO FORGIVE. THAT’S THE GOOD NEWS.

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