Acorns From Oakes

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When God Forgave David…

So…I have been wanting to return to the story of God’s forgiveness of the King who was a man after God’s own heart. I really want to hear from you all. If you read this, but have never commented…please take the time…if you can…to do so this time. But, I promise not to be upset if you don’t. I’m just glad you came by… and do so…from time to time.

But think about this with me…then give me your insights…or ask your question (maybe someone who reads this can help us)…Tell me how a man like David…with such a heart for God permeating his whole life up until the Bathsheba sin and consequent, murderous, cover-up (I understand these were not David’s first sins, but still…)…a man who had sung prayer songs asking God to please not let those who hope in God be disgraced because of him (Psalm 69:6), proceeded in life to do just that…a man who had carried the banner of faith and obedience to God to new heights and amazing, inspiring feats of courage…(and you may go on to add many, many other wonderful truths about the faith, courage, integrity, loyalty, obedience, self-sacrificing deeds of the man)…tell me how…HOW…HOW!…how does this man…who sank to such terrible depths after his horrible and harmful evils…tell me how does he start over? What?! How does he return to the throne…rule the nation…make judgements…lead in worship…entertain dignitaries…walk through the streets of his city…pray…sing…write another song…will you tell me how you think he found the way to take even one more step after all this?

I love you…and I will be listening as you help all of us sinners…by your honest sharing of Word and thought with us. God bless you today. And may we all be encouraged to accept His daily grace.

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3 thoughts on “When God Forgave David…

  1. He believed God … believed in God … trusted Him … loved Him. Like you said, David had a good foundation. He loved God, but even those that love God are going to sin, and sometimes sin in big, public, horrifying ways. Does this mean they quit loving God? No. I can love God with everything I can muster, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to live a perfect life. But that love, sure helps me when I do sin … to come back … to try again … to trust His grace.

    I believe that David believed God when He told him that he was forgiven. That’s how he took that next step … that next breath for that matter. This doesn’t mean he would always feel forgiven. He still had sleepless nights … nightmares … flashbacks … regrets. And yet, he knew … inspite of his feelings that he was forgiven and that God loved Him. Did he ever doubt that? I’m sure he did … but he could always come back to what he knew to be true.

    That’s what is so good about God. He’s true, He’s there, He’s loving me … whether I’m acknowledging it, believing it, living it, or not. When my doubts overpower me, He’s there to help me up, to remind me that I’m forgiven.

    I’m so grateful that God still addressed David with favor. David was not remembered by God by that sin that we so many times focus on. That was one part of David’s life and God reminded us of the big picture of David’s life everytime He spoke of him.

    So how did he take one more step? God helped him.

    THE GIFT OF BELIEVING IS HUGE, ISN’T IT, PAIGE? IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO OVERESTIMATE ITS VALUE (PHILIPPIANS 1:29). AND WHEN SUCH A SEASON COMES UPON US IN LIFE THAT WE ARE CONFRONTED BY OUR OWN MONSTROUS SINS…TO GO ON BELIEVING THAT JESUS IS LORD…THAT IN BAPTISM WE ARE FREED…THAT THE BIBLE IS GOD’S TRUTH…WELL…THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN ACCEPT, CAN’T WE? BUT TO BELIEVE THAT FOR US…FOR EVEN US…WHEN AFTER ALL OUR PRIVILEGES WE HAVE FALLEN SO FAR, SO FAST…TO BE ABLE TO BELIEVE THEN, IN THAT EXTREMITY, THAT GOD STILL LONGS TO FORGIVE US…WAITS TO DO IT…WILL INDEED DO IT…THAT’S FAITH. AND IT IS BETWEEN US AND GOD ALONE. NO ONE ELSE MAY CARE TO UNDERSTAND…NO ONE ELSE MAY BE ABLE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND. BUT GOD KNOWS…AND HE WILL FORGIVE…AND IF WE LET HIM…HE WILL ENABLE US TO ACCEPT IT INTO OUR HEARTS AND THEN EVENTUALLY TO LET IT FLOW FROM THERE INTO THE REST OF US UNTIL WE TURN TO LIFE AGAIN AND, HOWEVER FEEBLY OR FEARFULLY, BEGIN TO REACH OUT TO TRY TO HELP ANOTHER AGAIN, ALL THE WHILE EXPECTING THE STINGS AND BLOWS OF FELLOW HUMANS WHO SEE ONLY OUR SIN AND NOT HIS FORGIVENESS. TO STAND UP FOR GOD AGAINST SUCH BLOWS WHETHER SELF-INFLICTED OR OTHER-INFLICTED…DOESN’T THIS HONOR GOD, PAIGE? DOESN’T THIS BRING TRUE PRAISE OUT OF THE SHEER ASHES OF UNUTTERABLE RUIN.
    BUT I WANT US TO DIALOGUE MORE ABOUT THIS. YOUR WORDS HERE HELP SO MUCH. AND I BELIEVE THAT THERE MAY BE OTHERS READING WHO WILL ALSO BE HELPED. GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. I think that Paige has it nailed pretty well. David trusted that God was faithful and true. Forgiven meant just that. David remembered that he was chosen by God to be king. He remembered that he had a purpose to fulfill. David, even though his sin was ever before him, could set aside his own feelings (worthless, shameful, sinful) and do the job that God had set before him. He was able to keep walking and breathing and functioning because he knew…and believed…that his relationship with God was restored.

    I know that some people have been able to not give up on God after a public shameful sin. I was not one of those. I quit. I walked away and pushed away anything that reminded me of God or the life that I had lived. I wish that I hadn’t, but it’s the sad truth of the matter. I simply did not have the courage that it took to keep walking that path. What an amazing thing God did, by giving me another chance to live for Him. I am sorry for the years I wasted and I beg Him to forgive me for that. ( I know He has, but I still ask for that forgiveness every day).

    One moment in a person’s life does not define the person. God still used David as the standard of excellence for the kings that followed. God still reminded us that David was a man after His own heart.

    If I remember that God chose me and that He has a plan for my life just as He did David’s, I can keep walking even after I mess up. I can keep serving God and others. I can keep praising Him and leading others to Him. Because that’s the plan He has for me.

    THANKS FOR YOUR WISE INPUT, SHERRY. I’M VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR VERY HONEST COMMENT… “I am sorry for the years I wasted and I beg Him to forgive me for that. ( I know He has, but I still ask for that forgiveness every day).” ARE YOU ABLE TO GET TO THE HEART OF WHY YOU CONTINUE TO ASK GOD FOR THAT FORGIVENESS DAILY? (BELIEVE ME, SHERRY, I HAVE NO CRITICISM HERE AT ALL- I THINK DAVID DID THE SAME KIND OF THING AND I KNOW I DO SO ALSO…BUT I JUST WANT ALL OF US TO THINK ABOUT WHAT’S INVOLVED IN DOING THIS.)

    AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU THAT “ONE MOMENT IN A PERSON’S LIFE DOESN’T DEFINE THE PERSON.” BUT THINK ABOUT HOW DAVID’S SINS TOOK PLACE OVER A PERIOD OF PERHAPS WEEKS AND THEN WERE COVERED UP BY HIM UNTIL, AT LEAST, THE NINE MONTHS OF THE PREGNANCY HAD BEEN FULFILLED. WHY DID GOD WAIT SO LONG TO SEND THE PROPHET, DO YOU THINK?

    SHERRY, I DON’T MEAN TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT AT ALL. I WISH TO THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME THINK ABOUT THE GREAT GRACE STORY GOD GAVE US, AS HE MINISTERED FORGIVENESS TO KING DAVID. AND I DON’T THINK I HAVE THE ANSWERS…I AM JUST WANTING TO OPEN UP MORE AND MORE HONESTLY TO WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DAVID STORY…TO THE STARK ASPECTS OF IT ALL, AS WELL AS TO THE WONDROUS AMAZING GRACE GOD BESTOWED IN THE SUSPENDED SENTENCE DAVID RECEIVED (AND THAT ALL WE FORGIVEN SINNERS RECEIVE). I HAVE HAD A TENDENCY TO RUSH THROUGH THE STORY OF DAVID’S SIN TO GET TO THE GOOD NEWS…(AND I STILL HAVE THAT TENDENCY)…BUT I’VE BEEN LISTENING TO THE LORD MORE CAREFULLY LATELY ABOUT THOSE TERRIBLE EVENTS IN DAVID’S LIFE (AND I HAVE PLENTY OF MY OWN ALSO), AND I’M SEEING STUFF THAT I DIDN’T SEE BEFORE.

    HERE’S A QUESTION: DO YOU THINK MOST OF US CHRISTIANS WOULD BE PLEASED TO SIT NEXT TO KING DAVID IN A WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY? THEN THINK…WOULD WE HAVE WANTED TO BE LED IN WORSHIP BY DAVID IN THE DAYS FOLLOWING THE EXPOSURE OF HIS SINS WITH BATHSHEBA AND THE CONSEQUENT MURDERS HE ARRANGED? HMMMM! I WONDER.

  3. Doug, you ask questions that make me think…they may be way too deep for me to really be able to answer.

    Why do I beg God to forgive me daily? The simple answer is because I remember my sin. I still feel shame and humiliation over it. Do I know I am forgiven? YES. Do I know the sin is erased so that when God looks at me He sees Jesus…not my sin? YES. But I still remember it. I drag it over to Jesus and say “Look at what a mess I made of this! Look how much I messed up!” and He says “I don’t know what you are talking about. Let your heart rest”. And for the most part, I do have rest over it. But I still apologize to the Father for my behavior. And if I forget my sin and where I’ve been, don’t I run the risk of looking down on other people in their sin? If I forget what it was like to be “there” how can I help other people that find themselves facing the consequences of their sin?

    Why did God wait so long?…I have no idea. He knows our hearts…He knows the perfect time to touch us so we are moved. His perfect timing put Rex back in my life right when I was realizing my life was not good and had a very small chance of getting better unless I made a major change. Perhaps David’s heart was not in a state to respond until that particular moment.

    As for your last question, I am afraid that some Christians today would shy away from David…whisper behind his back…with a group of more agressive folks taking it upon themselves to ask him if he realized what he had done…or grilling him about why he did it, or what he was thinking, asking how he could sleep at night or look at himself in the mirror. Even knowing that God had forgiven him…granted him a reprieve…I am afraid that far too many Christians would want him to suffer for what he had done….to take a lesser role in worship, to continue to be punished. (I’ve seen it firsthand sadly)

    I do hold on to hope and faith in Christ’s people though. I do not think ALL folks would act that way. Matter of fact I know they wouldn’t. I know of a lot of people that did not act that way. If we are going to belong to Christ, we need to act like Christ. And that includes forgiving the repentant sinner. I’ve seen this firsthand as well, thank you Father.

    I don’t know how David kept on going after his sin and the public shame of it. I ran and hid. By the time I turned to walk back to the Father, 20 years had passed. The sting had lessened somewhat, but I still felt the shame. And there were some that wanted to make sure I remembered what I had done…even after all that time. But God placed His people around me to hold me and comfort me and reassure me of God’s love by giving me their own love. I hope David had some people like that.
    SHERRY,
    THANKS FOR CARRYING THIS DISCUSSION FORWARD. WHAT YOU HAVE GLEANED FROM YOUR DIFFICULT JOURNEY AND THEN THE GLAD WELCOME HOME BY FATHER GOD IS SO VALUABLE AND IT’S WONDERFUL THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO SHARE THE VALUE WITH ALL OF US. YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD SIN ARE JUST RICH WITH INSIGHT. DON’T YOU THINK GOD JUST SIMPLY HAS GRACIOUS PURPOSES IN MIND EVEN IN THE STRUGGLES WE ENDURE WHERE OUR SINS ARE CONCERNED? IF IT WERE JUST SO VERY EASY FOR US TO DISMISS OUR OWN SIN, WOULD THAT HONOR GOD AND TAKE US IN A GOOD DIRECTION? SO THEN THERE MUST BE VALUE (IN HIS SIGHT) IN OUR WRESTLING. WE WRESTLE OURSELVES WEARY…THEN, FINALLY, WHEN WE ARE EXHAUSTED, WE ARE ABLE TO HOLD STILL, START CLINGING AND JUST LET OUR FATHER HOLD US AND LOVE US, AS WE REALLY NEEDED ALL ALONG. BUT COULD WE HAVE ALLOWED IT…OR REALLY APPRECIATED IT…WITHOUT THE WEARYING STRUGGLE? I REALLY DON’T THINK SO. (SHERRY, I’VE GOT TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW…BUT I HOPE TO WRITE A BIT MORE HERE IN RESPONSE TO YOUR GOOD WORDS…LATER, D)

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