Monday, February 05, 2007

A MAN AFTER MINE OWN HEART--CONFESSION

When we read in the Word of God about King David, we find that he was a human with a sin nature, the flesh. David failed God at times and actually demonstrated a lack of faithfulness to the Lord. Like David, we, too, still possess a sin nature, the flesh. And, like David, we will fail God at times. So, what should be our response in this situation? If we want to be a person "after God's own heart," we will need to confess our sins and seek restoration to a proper fellowship with Almighty God, our Heavenly Father--just like David did.
In Psalm 51, we have David's prayer of confession to God following his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba. His heartfelt sorrow for sin is evident in these verses. If we are to think as God thinks and view life from His perspective as we should, then we will call sin what it is and deal with it as it arises in our hearts.
David was a man after God's own heart not because he was sinless but because he dealt with his sin. It truly bothered him to sin against God and to fail his LORD so miserably. When confronted by Nathan, the prophet of God, David could have denied his sin, rationalized his sin or confessed his sin. He chose the latter. Saul, on the other hand, attempted to rationalize his sin when confronted by Samuel (I Samuel 15:20-21). Which path are you following David's or Saul's when it comes to sin? Do you even blush at sin? Ezra 9:6 "And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens."
David's confession allowed him to be used by God once again (v. 13). Yes! we will sin and fail our Lord at times, but immediate recognition and confession is vital if we are to be restored to proper fellowship and be considered a person "after God's own heart." Remember these verses:
I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Proverbs 28:13 "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso convesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."

6 Comments:

Blogger Nicole said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Good post!

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Blogger Juan Carlos Asmat said...

Thanks Nicole for stopping by.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Kent Brandenburg said...

Good points. I sent your letter of transfer, by the way.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Juan Carlos Asmat said...

Thanks pastor

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