Wednesday, August 31, 2011
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my
sin.” Psalm 51:1-2
Have you ever had that “truth hurts” moment? The one that starts with you feeling great
about your family. Your kids are little angels, your husband is everything you ever wanted in a
husband and you are on top of your game. Then you see a family, maybe in a restaurant, whose
kids are out of control and the parents are upset and arguing. You think, “I am so glad that’s not
me.” And then it hits. That could just as easily be me; my family, out of control in public for the
world to see. At any particular moment we are dancing on that fine line between content and
David had that moment. He was content. Everything was going his way. Enter Bathsheba and
watch it all spiral out of control. Nathan, the Lord’s prophet, was sent to confront David about
his sin. The sin that David thought he had gotten away with. But now it was out in the open.
And all David could do was repent and plead for mercy.
The Bible is full of people who loved God. They listened to him, they followed him, and they
obeyed him. Not one of them was sinless. Their weaknesses and sins are recorded in scripture
for the world to see. Not for us to judge them, but for us to learn from them. They show us the
infinite love of our God and Savior.
God forgave David. God loved David. Our lives continue this example for our generation.
Even when we sin, even when we sin greatly, we can know that God still loves us. We ask for
forgiveness and it is freely given. After forgiveness, we can pray as David did in Psalm 51, “Then
I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.” When the thin veneer of
family perfection is marred, we can remember that in Christ all is made perfect. Christ came for
me and for every content or crazy person in the world.
Dear Lord, thank you for reaching out to us in love when we have sinned. Help us to
acknowledge our sin and seek your forgiveness. Then help us to be bold to share word of your
forgiveness to others. Amen