The Lifestyles of the Healed and Healthy
Scripture: Psalm 51:1-2
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
Jesus told His disciples that those that mourned would be comforted. He wanted us to understand, once again, that God looks upon the hearts of people… not the exterior. He responds to those that truly want to please Him – even if they fail often. God knows the difference between those who abuse His grace and those who are deeply grieved when they fail Him!
As we talked yesterday, King David sinned against God in a terrible way. His rebound from failure was not a self-determined power move. It was just the opposite; it came through personal mourning. Our scripture for today describes David’s heart: “have mercy… wash away my iniquity.” The Living Bible captures David’s mourning: “For I admit my shameful deed – it haunts me day and night.” David came back strong and finished his life living healed and healthy. We must never forget that David’s journey back to the joy of the Lord started with authentic mourning over his sin.
How do you react once you have realized that you sinned against God or when you have failed the test over a temptation? In your quite moments, what are you sensing in your inner being? Do you try to rationalize it as all part of being human? Jesus weighs in with His second beatitude to remind us that God blesses mourning and not flippancy when it comes to our sin! Yes, we should forgive ourselves as God does, but without becoming too casual.
Father, help me to slow down and count the cost you paid for my redemption, don’t let me take that for granted. In Jesus’ Name, amen.