Grace From the Start: Day 20 {Dec 14th}

Day 20    Friday       Dec. 14th

David the Shepard is the next king chosen by God.  In an event that could only be orchestrated by God David, the shepherd boy, finds himself in the palace of a king in mental distress.  David plays music for Saul, the King, and his music soothes the king.  Eventually God establishes David as the new king.

This is what God says about His relationship with David:

13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.[a] Your throne shall be established forever.’

{2 Samuel 7:13-17}

The life and actions of David start out beautifully.  God uses Him to slay the giant Goliath.  David is called ‘the man after God’s own heart’.  He attributes all he has and all he does to God. This speech that David gives is beautiful and one I go back to and read when I think about all that God has accomplished and done in my life.  In his prayer David recounts all of the great works that God has accomplished not only for him but for all. 

 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! 20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! 21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. 22 Therefore you are great, O Lord God. For  there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel, the one nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making himself a name and doing for them[a] great and awesome things by driving out before your people,[b] whom you redeemed for yourself from Egypt, a nation and its gods? 24 And you established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever. And you, O Lord, became their God. 25 And now, O Lord God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house,and do as you have spoken. 26 And your name will be magnified forever, saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel,’ and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 27 For you, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made this revelation to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 29 Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”

The answer to the question David asks ‘Who am I?’ is simple yet hard to swallow. David, just like we, is just a human. David is just a human but he has a great big God who has done great big things and will keep doing great big things with plain old sinful humans.

Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, 

David is a great man.  David is just that though, a man.  David no matter how great he is or how ‘after God’s heart’ he is he cannot accomplish what Jesus can.  The ‘perfection’ and obedience do not last as they do with Jesus. 

David has all that he could ever desire until he goes for a stroll on his rooftop on day.  Standing on his rooftop overlooking the city he spots a woman.  She is bathing, and he convinces himself that he needs to have her for himself.  David soon comes face to face with the fact that he has screwed up and has an intense desire to hide what he has done.  He brings the woman, Bathsheba’s husband back from war hoping he will go and see his wife and it will appear the child is her husbands instead of David’s.  Uriah,Bathsheba’s husband, is faithful to his troops and nation and does not go to see his wife.  David then sends Uriah to the front lines to be killed and takes Bathsheba as his own wife.  At this point David is pretty sure he has covered his tracks until Nathan, his right hand man confronts him.

Nathan tells David a story of a rich man who has everything yet demands a lamb from a man with near to nothing.  David is outraged at the story.  Nathan then tells David… ‘You are the rich man in the story.’

“Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 

{2 Samuel 7:13-17}

Failure from a human king once again.  This is not the first and this will not be the last time a human king fails.  This king has given his confession.  We can also go to God with confessions.  King David confessed of lust, adultery, jealously, and murder.  King David confessed “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David “The Lord also has put away your sin.” 

When David confessed this to Nathan he did not respond with it’s okay you are doing a pretty good job at being king so I think God will over look this. Nathan gives David an absolution. “The Lord also had put away your sin”

So often when someone confesses a sin to me I want to instantly make them feel better.  I want to say oh ya but you are so good at XYZ as if living a righteous life was some sort of balancing act.  It is not. I think we could do one another a favor if we could do what Nathan does for David.  Confess our sins to one another and receive absolution.  Kim Crandel gives a stellar example of this in her book ‘Christ in the Chaos’:

When a friend confesses their sin to you this is what absolution might look like.

I’m so sorry you are having a bad day.  I had a really horrible day like that last week and yelled at one of the kids.  I found it so hard to be patient with all the crying and just wanted to hide.  I had the same thoughts you are having right now, but the Lord reminded me that I’m not the one who saves my children: only he can do that.  Believe you are receiving His grace-right now at this very moment.  Believe His love for you has not changed despite the fact that you have not loved your children well today.  God’s love is never based on our behavior.  Look to Christ when you are tempted to yell, and remember he lives in you.  He will help you through the most difficult times.  Go to your little ones and ask them to forgive you.  Tell them that mommy is a sinner who has a great Savior.  Pray with them and believe there is nothing you can do to thwart God’s plan for them.  We are all bad moms.  That is why we need Jesus.

‘Christ in the Chaos’ by Kimm Crandall.

We are all bad moms.  That is why we need Jesus.

Pointing one another to our Savior instead of back on to ourselves or our own actions is life changing.

We will fail.  Our ‘kings’ will fail.  BUT Jesus the king of kings never failed and never will fail us.

We can know that all we bring is our sin and he brings all the good stuff.  Jesus provides the forgiveness we need.

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