David, A Godly Sinner? (Part 3) (8/27/17)
King David defeated the giant Goliath, was used by God to write about 1/3 of the Psalms, and is described by God as "a man after his own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14). However, King David also committed two of the most serious sins, adultery and murder! David's response to his sin models genuine confession and repentance.
I. Genuine repentance often involves loving confrontation of sin (Proverbs 27:5-6).
- loving rebuke for issue of general good, wisdom, or issue of blatant sin, disobedience?
- ex of general wisdom/good = poor eating habits, lack of exercise/sleep, etc?
- ex. parents overly focused on career, working, acquisition of material stuff?
- Blatant sin, disobedience - ex = sexual sin, lying, gossip, slander, drunkeness, etc.
All of us have "blind spots" in terms of both physical and spiritual vision. We need others to help us see our blind spots. Importance of friendships, love takes risks!
- Even King David, "a man after God's heart" suffered from a huge spiritual blind spot!
When we disobey God, it breaks our fellowship w/God, but also can involve incredible irrational behavior in us as well. Cp. Adam + Eve trying to hide from God in the Garden!
- King David commits adultery, Bathsheba gets pregnant, so David tries to hide his sin.
Not likely it fooled many of the people, and certainly did not fool God!
- Cp. Gal 6:1 - Christian friend is best, but requires spiritual discernment!
- Matt 18:15 - keep confrontation as private as possible.
II. Genuine repentance embraces who God is and who we are (Psalm 51:1-4).
- 1 of our biggest struggles as Christians in US? Too low a view of God, too high of us?
A. God is infinitely loving and holy (51:1, 4).
We sing praise songs - see God high and lifted up - "Open The Eyes Of My Heart"
"To see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of your glory, pour out your power and love, as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy."