May 03 2023
Today, Wednesday May 03
“You Are the Man”
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-- That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.”
Psalm 51 is King David’s public psalm and confession of repentance! Today, 1,500 years after his reign as king over the nation of Israel, King David is still known as one of the most famous kings in history. Scripture tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:21-22). But that does not mean that David was perfect and never did anything wrong. Matter of fact, 1 Kings 15:5 points this out years later, when speaking of a future blessing on one of his descendants: “Because David did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.”
David committed two of the most horrendous, terrible, and awful sins that could be committed. He committed adultery with Bathsheba and then had her husband Uriah killed. Uriah was one of his mighty men, lived next door to the palace of David, and most likely was one of his best friends.
The title of Psalm 51 also tells us that God sent Nathan the prophet to confront him of his sin. This happened after about a year of David trying to cover up his sin from everyone. But God knew and it must have been one of the most miserable years of David’s life. 2 Samuel 12:1-15 gives us the detailed story of Nathan’s message to David.
“Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: "There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity."
Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your keeping, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. …
So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme….Then Nathan departed to his house.”
It is amazing that David was so angry at the rich man who took the poor man’s lamb when he was guilty of the same thing. This reminds me of Romans 2:1 “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” So often what we are most critical of in someone else is what we are guilty of in our own life!
“You are the man!” You can’t hide your sin from God! God had warned Israel in Number 32:23, “Be sure your sin will find you out”. May the Lord help us to look into our own hearts today!