The sin was not in the census – Moses was told to take censuses. The sin was in placing his pride and trust on his growing power and military might. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 The place where mercy stayed the judgment of God was the future site for the altar!
* God Most High, it is good to give thanks to You, to sing praises to Your Name, to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night.
“I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.
How clearly David understands the importance of true worship!
The gravity with which we are to take our Lord God!
“But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army.”
How broken is David’s pride, in his own might, his own army, his own victories.
These are two starkly different views of David.
The stubborn sinner whose pride will not let him be swayed by wisdom.
The repentant disciple who throws himself at the feet of the Almighty.
We can learn from David here.
Because my own heart is full of pride at times. Sometimes I refuse to listen to wisdom.
And at times I am broken before the Lord at the thought of my own folly.
How good it is then to be found in Jesus! Covered and washed and clean in Him.
* Dear Lord,
We are broken. Sinners.
You are God. Righteous and light and perfect and true.
You are holy. We need Your saving work each day.
Please write Your word on our hearts today.