Is there anything too hard for God? God forbid.
If David could testify in the midst of the congregation he would tell of the mercies of the Lord. He would tell of God’s unfailing love and His power to forgive and His power to restore us from those sins that man says are unforgivable. There is nothing too hard for God dear hearts.
God is rich in mercy and quick to forgive, saving and restoring the hearts, minds and souls of mankind by bringing us back into relationship and fellowship with him. However, there is a ‘but’ clause in obtaining the forgiveness of God.
We must first confess our sins before the Lord then with a humble heart ask Him to forgive us. It is soul repentance: to be sorrowful about one’s sins and turn away (walk away) from that sin and back to God.
King David made a mess he could not fix. He committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and impregnated her with their illegitimate child. He compounded the sin by trying to cover it up! He called Uriah back from battle so that he could get Uriah to sleep with his wife. His hope was that Uriah would think the child was his. But, Uriah didn’t take the bait; instead he chose to sleep at the king’s house with the rest of the servants.
King David’s back was against the wall after his plan didn’t work. He did what he thought was necessary – he ordered that Uriah be placed in the front line of the battlefield where he would be likeliest to die. And that’s exactly what happened. Uriah fell in battle, leaving the way open for David to marry Bathsheba!
David thought that they would live happily ever after, but what David forgot in the attempt to cover up his sins is that he served a God who sits high and looks low. God saw all that he did.
The eyes of the Lord is in every place keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
Dear hearts, God has always known how to get the attention of his people. There was Moses and the burning bush, Jonah in the belly of a whale and for David, there was the prophet Nathan.
The man of God used a parable which caused David to unknowingly condemn himself.
2 Samuel 12:5-6 (NKJV)
So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”
David could not discern that the man Nathan was talking about was himself. Power and self-deception can become our worst enemy if we are not careful.
The power God has given to those who are in the role of leadership should never be misused to lead God’s people astray or be used for self-gain. Let King David’s unrighteous deeds be an example to the church today. He misused his God-given power in sin but, he didn’t’ get away with it! Neither will any of God’s people, from the pulpit to the pews, get away with sin. Although we are indeed the apples of God’s eye, He will not tolerate sin but for so long before he has to deal with it (especially when it’s done willfully as in the case of King David).
But God! He is still that King who is rich in mercy and is very quick to forgive. Didn’t he do it for David? All is not lost; he will do the same for us if we follow David’s better example! He went to the Lord in meekness and prayed for forgiveness and restoration.
Psalm 51:10-13 (NKJV)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.
God heard David’s cry and He gave him forgiveness and restoration. God is the Restorer dear hearts; I know this is true because He restored me! Hallelujah to the Most High God – bless His name forever! May God’s blessings be upon all the ‘David’s’ out there. God is still God – whatever you need God’s got it; you can have it if you want it – just believe!