Among the many, many things that just rivet me about King David’s sad story of failure…then sin…then treachery…then, praise God, his return…is God’s willingness to take it on the chin in forgiving and sparing the shepherd-king. We know the punishment the law allowed for an adulterer…and for a murderer. David was both. But the Judge of all the earth put away David’s sin and commuted the death sentence. And what do we know for sure about the Judge of all the earth? He always does what is right (Genesis 18:25). BUT, it didn’t look right, did it? Imagine how this looked to those church-goers who were confident in their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else.
For God to pardon David, meant God was willing to suffer the slings and arrows of humans who were unable to see the basis upon which God was able to forgive. They didn’t know about the Cross to come. But God did. So, God was willing to stake his reputation on a forgiven human…a king who had fallen so far…so desperately. Imagine…God standing beside an inexcusable, confessed, broken, murderer of a sinner…and unashamed to do so…declaring him forgiven…and enforcing his continued reign as king of Israel!
I love the story…maybe you’ve heard it already…about Jimmy, who saw life differently than most because of the way his brain functioned. Jimmy came to church a bit later than usual one Sunday morning. His seat on the end of one particular pew was occupied by a visitor. Jimmy just kept walking up the middle aisle where all the seats were full and finally sat down cross-legged on the floor right in front of the lectern. Everyone was wondering what to do. That’s when one of the regulars, an elderly brother, dressed in suit and tie, stepped out and moved toward Jimmy. The church was relieved that this man was going to help Jimmy find a proper seat. Imagine their surprise when the old man sat down, suit and all, cross-legged on the floor right by Jimmy’s side.
God did something like that for David. And in Jesus Christ, Who is not ashamed to call us sisters and brothers (Hebrews 2:11), He has been doing the same thing for sinner after sinner thru the ages…just as He’s done for me. Our Father God gives back to humans…a most precious gift…their self respect. What have you to say about such a Father? Bless His Name!