Nathan bravely approached King David about David’s immoralities. David was someone who could be rebuked and not react violently. He repented – as Psalm 51 testifies. His words in verse 23 have brought comfort to many. Our resurrection hope is wonderful!
“You are the man!”
This is not a friendly jovial word between friends.
This was Nathan the prophet calling out David the king, the Lord’s anointed, for his sin.
“Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight?”
This is not a word to the unbeliever, to the one still apart from God. This was to the man after God’s own heart, King David, whom the Lord had made great!
Today we can take comfort that in Jesus we have a King who never, not once, despised the word of the Lord. He never did a single wrong thing.
He is our forever King! We can rely upon Him completely.
And we can be encouraged, exhorted, convicted, to respond to godly rebuke as David did.
“I have sinned against the LORD,”
We know that Psalm 51 was written by David about this very event, and it holds a detailed process of humbly falling on the Lord’s mercy for our sin (which deserves just punishment).
And even in the depths of the dark passage, David holds to the resurrection hope, which we must to!
Of his baby boy who died, David says,
“I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
* Father God,
Thank You that Jesus is our king without fault or error.
Thank You that we can fall on Your mercy, humbly seeking Your forgiveness which You give to those who confess their sin.
Lord, please forgive us for our sin!