POD Prep: 4-27-17
The Deep Repentance of David A Man After God's Own Heart.
DAVID MADE A CLEAN, COMPLETE REPENTANCE -NO EXCUSES
Unlike King Saul, when David was confronted with his sins he repented. David made no excuses. He took full responsibility. Primarily, he repented with God in mind.
2Sa 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against Jehovah. And Nathan said unto David, Jehovah also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
Consequences were applied to David but God accepted his clear, clean repentance. David had violated his close, personal relationship with God and was deeply grieved and repentant.
Ps 51:1 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David; when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions; and my sin is ever before me.
David realized that although sins are often against others, they are primarily against God who loves us so much and is terribly grieved and disappointed by our sinful behavior.
Ps 51:4 Against thee, and thee only, have I sinned, And done that which is evil in thy sight; That thou mayest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
God has a personal relationship with all believers. All of us in the first resurrection own a special investment by God. His spirit mourns when we let him down and sin and go astray. It hurts him, and grieves his Holy Spirit.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.
These verses show the level of love and concern God has for his future sons. When we need help to resist sin, we must just ask God for help. God wants us to use his spirit to grow and overcome. A physical example to which we could relate, would be the parents of a wayward teen, brokenheartedly remorseful and crying for the crimes their teen has committed AS HE GETS IN TROUBLE.
Ps 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
WHY WAS DAVID A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART?
David was chosen as a teenager by God. He had an emotional love and attachment to the God of Israel. David wrote songs and praised God in an impressive manner. The 119th Psalm is fabulous music and poetry revolving around the Hebrew alphabet.
1Sa 13:1 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart, and Jehovah hath appointed him to be prince over his people, because thou hast not kept that which Jehovah commanded thee.
David is clearly the most beloved King in the bible. He has more coverage or ink than anyone else in scripture. God so loved David that the Messiah came in the line of David. David was enthusiastic in his love for God. He enjoyed singing and dancing to the God of Israel Jehovah. David wanted to build a Temple to honor God. It was not God's idea it was David's idea. The Temple plays a big part in biblical and prophetic history. It was because of God's deep love for David. Note II Sam 7.
2Sa 6:14 And David danced before Jehovah with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
David wrote astounding music and poetry to honor and worship God. God reciprocated by telling David that his house the house of David would always be on a throne. Further David's royal lineage would include both legally and genetically the final King the Messiah God in the flesh. Wow!
Ac 2:29 Brethren, I may say unto you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us unto this day.
30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins he would set one upon his throne;
31 he foreseeing this spake of the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was he left unto Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.
32 This Jesus did God raise up, whereof we all are witnesses.
David really loved God and remained true to God. He, unlike Solomon, never worshiped any false Gods. He was always loyal to the true God.
HOW CAN WE BE MORE LIKE DAVID, AND BE A MAN OR WOMAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART?
REPENT DEEPLY AND SINCERELY.
Ask God for a renewed, better spirit. Ask for help in holding to the correct course for our lives.
Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; And uphold me with a willing spirit.
God requires a humble repentance of spirit.
16 For thou delightest not in sacrifice; else would I give it: Thou hast no pleasure in burnt-offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
BE ENTHUSIASTIC AND POSITIVE FOR GOD AND HIS WORK.
Much of God's work in King David's day was protecting and expanding the nation to its greatest level of safety and power. Further David helped organize the priesthood and prepare for the Temple and the improved worship of God. Our work today is spreading the Gospel.
Ps 63:1 A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; earnestly will I seek thee: My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and weary land, where no water is.
2 So have I looked upon thee in the sanctuary, To see thy power and thy glory.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 So will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
19 Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
David as the youngest, and maybe shortest of Jesse sons, took the lowly assignments. He was last and had to do the lowly job of guarding the sheep. Note I Samuel 16.
GOD LOVES HUMILITY.