Profiles of Forgiveness: David

I’m really enjoying this humbling look at forgiveness.  If you missed last week’s post about Joseph, we’re doing a series this month about 5 individuals from the Bible who know something about forgiveness. Today we’re taking a look at a man who’s pretty famous throughout the Bible and even known to the non-religious world: David.

This is the little shepherd boy who grew up slaying lions and bears and came to fame by killing Goliath.  He fought many battles for Israel, becoming known for slaying “ten thousands,” and eventually was crowned king over all Israel.  He also got in a bit of trouble with the wife of Uriah the Hittite (aka Bathsheba), effectively killing Uriah so he could marry Bathsheba and she could have his baby.  As king David also had dreams and plans to build a temple for God in Jerusalem.  David rounded out his career by taking a census, against God’s wishes.  David was a man well known for knowing God and being a man who was loved by almost everyone he came in contact with.

David was not a perfect man yet he was known as a man after God’s own heart.  How could someone who committed adultery, murdered people, coveted and stole be called a man after God’s own heart?

Forgiveness.

You see, David was pretty quick to ask for forgiveness.  After the mess with Bathsheba and Uriah, the baby of King David and Bathsheba is struck by God and dies.  David knows he did wrong and asks God for forgiveness.  Read his words from Psalm 51: “For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night…Create in me a clean heart, O God.  Renew a loyal spirit within me…You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.  You do not want a burnt offering.   The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God…”

David learned a valuable lesson, one that was richly rewarded by God.  Forgiveness means that we’ve got hope for the future, that we could still be called God’s friend even though we’ve sinned.

Today I’m going to take a few minutes and sit with God, I hope you’ll join me.  God can’t wait to forgive you, if you’d just ask.

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