October 13th – The Saintly Face of David



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We rarely, if ever, stop and ponder how much we owe to real friends, family members or colleagues whose honesty and uprightness have influenced us for good.
Yesterday we were looking briefly at King David’s nephew Joab, who wielded far too much power in the kingdom, because he had the king where he wanted him. All the king’s ‘dirty laundry’ was dyed in blood shed by Joab. His loyalty and ruthlessness were terrifying. Lord deliver us from friends like this – they eat us alive. But there was another face showing through the Bible’s portraits of King David, and that was of the strong, godly face of the prophet Nathan.
As Messiah King, David was assisted in his priestly ministry by dedicated priests, men of God, who acted for the king, helping to lead the nation’s worship of God. In his prophetic ministry he had prophets who were charged to be attentive to God and his word and keep the king informed, hence the phrase spoken to all the kings – “thus saith the Lord”. These prophets only went to the people directly with God’s word when the king refused to receive those words.
Let’s take one instance, after David’s disgraceful adultery and ‘taking out a murder contract’ on the husband – when everything had died down – when he’d got away with it all. Nathan said to the king: “There were two men in the kingdom, one very rich, the other very poor. The rich man had thousands of sheep and cattle, the poor man had but one ewe lamb, a pet, which he fed and treated like a daughter. When a friend called on the rich man, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it to make a roast lamb supper”. At this David’s righteous indignation exploded: “That rich man deserves to die: how dare he be so heartless, so greedy – who is it? And Nathan said “You”. (Boy, how I wish I could preach like that!)
David’s response was utter brokenness of spirit: “I have sinned against the Lord”, he cried, and when David repented, he did it as with an earthquake. Oh yes, his family life would be a disaster for generations, but when he sinned, he sinned with a high hand, but when he repented he was reduced to rubble before the God who is HOLY. Here is some of David’s cry of penitence:
Our Prayer:
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51: 7-10
Now read II Samuel Chapter 12.

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