It is not wrong for governments to gather statistical information. Moses is told to take a census of the people of Israel. The sin or wrong lay in David, in his pride, and with Satan. The Chronicler relays that Satan tempted or tested David and that David fell. Jesus was tempted three times and did not sin! Hallelujah!
“No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the LORD what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
There is a cost to true worship. David knew it.
There is a seriousness to true worship. David was not flippant about it.
Paul knew the cost of true worship, as we read in Romans 12,
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”
“Do not be confirmed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
It is not easy to walk the narrow way.
David, the man with a heart after God’s own heart, who loved the Lord God all of his days – What we read in this passage is that his sinful pride had such terrible consequences.
But what a clear picture of Jesus we see here.
The cost to David was gold to buy the site from Araunah to offer sacrifice (which God accepted).
The cost that God paid for His people to escape the just penalty for their sin was that He Himself, God the Son, went to death on a cross, bearing the weight of the sin of God’s people, taking that penalty.
This is the sacrifice that David could not make. No earthly king or priest could make it before or after.
It is good to remember the cost of what God did, as we bring our lives as living sacrifices.
It is good to be reminded of the weight and price of what was done for us so that we can be transformed and renewed.
* Great God Above,
You are holy.
We are weak vessels, clay jars – But we are Your people.
Thank You for seeking us lost sheep and bringing each of us into Your people, Your family!
Thank You Lord.