David's Freedom Is Our Freedom
"Lord, I have been a sinner from birth, from the moment my mother conceived me. I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom. Purify my conscience! Make this leper clean again! Wash me in your love until I am pure in heart. Satisfy me in your sweetness, and my song of joy will return. The places within me you have crushed will rejoice in your healing touch. Hide my sins from your face; erase all my guilt by your saving grace. Create a new, clean heart within me. Fill me with pure thoughts and holy desires, ready to please you. May you never reject me! May you never take from me your sacred Spirit! Let my passion for life be restored, tasting joy in every breakthrough you bring to me. Hold me close to you with a willing spirit that obeys whatever you say. Then I can show to other guilty ones how loving and merciful you are. They will find their way back home to you, knowing that you will forgive them. O God, my saving God, deliver me fully from every sin, even the sin that brought bloodguilt. Then my heart will once again be thrilled to sing the passionate songs of joy and deliverance! Lord God, unlock my heart, unlock my lips, and I will overcome with my joyous praise! For the source of your pleasure is not in my performance or the sacrifices I might offer to you. The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you. You will not despise my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet. Because you favor Zion, do what is good for her. Be the protecting wall around Jerusalem. And when we are fully restored, you will rejoice and take delight in every offering of our lives as we bring our sacrifices of righteousness before you in love!” Psalms 51:1-19 TPT
Have you felt like you have sinned so much that the weight of it creates shame before God? In Samuel 2:12, we see David’s sins come full force by way of the prophet Nathan. Pretty much, Nathan calls out David’s sin. David thought he’d be clever enough and hide his affair with Bathsheba by killing her husband Uriah. In that moment, there’s so much more David could have done; he was faced with choices. Instead of just giving his heart to God and asking for forgiveness, he allowed shame to overtake him and take a human life. So, God took David’s son that was born in sin between him and Bathesheba. David, in his lowest moment cried out to God. He didn’t get bitter, he didn’t blame God. He took everything that had been done and allowed his creator to clean and refresh his heart.
The beauty of David’s story is that he wasn’t too far gone from God’s sight. God from the very beginning saw David’s heart. God could have intervened, but like any good parent, He allowed him to make his own choices; whether they be good or bad. No matter the choices we make, God’s arms are always reaching out to us when we are ready to return to Him.
That’s what baptism is for us; a fresh start from bondage. This weekend, we saw individuals from all walks of life come and commit their lives new and fresh for God. It’s easy to allow sin to take root in our life and it becomes our master; chaining us down to the point we feel like will never get back up again. It’s even easy sometimes to say that there are only major sins; that the little things don’t matter. In reality, sin is sin. There is no major one sin over the other. When we think about something and it plants itself in our heart and minds and it ultimately separates us from God; it’s called sin. We can cover it up and get religious about our decisions, but really, in the end all that matters are where our hearts lie before God. We can either choose a life of sin and rules that will constantly make us mess up. Because let’s face facts, we are human. There’s no list we can create or rules we make for ourselves that will ever be good enough. We will always fail. And failure creates shame. And shame pushes us away from God’s heart. Instead, we can confess our sins to God. From our confession comes total surrender. From surrender comes being washed clean of our old lives through baptism, and coming up a new creation. That’s when we begin to walk out our new lives with Jesus as our lead. When He’s first in our life, and we give the time to build a relationship with Him, we see the small changes He’s making in us that shows an outward appearance that others begin to notice.
The chains of slavery to sin are gone and broken! Our freedom creates ultimate joy that’s hard to contain.
What are your stumbling blocks? What sin tries to trick you into shame and bondage? This week read David’s story in Samuel 2: 12 as well as Psalm 51. Let God show you what freedom looks like. You are FREE in Jesus name!
Pastor Mark and the Devotional Team