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!
“I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.”
How clearly David understands the importance of worship! The gravity of the Lord God!
“But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army.”
How broken is David’s pride in his might, in his army, his victories.
There are two stark David’s here. The unrepentant sinner whose pride will not let him be swayed by wisdom. And the repentant disciple who throws himself at the feet of the Almighty.
It is encouraging for me to see David doing both of these things. Because my own heart is full of pride at times, and is broken before the Lord at times.
How good will it be to clack tankards together with our brother David in glory! Covered and washed and clean in Jesus, without our pride that threatens to overwhelm us at times. How good will that be! To gather with the multitudes of God’s people, brothers and sisters, to sing praises before the Lamb, before the Throne!