Ps 32:1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
David is finally content with his life so he decides to take time off from war. He felt strong, powerful and even successful. Unfortunately, when we sit back and relax we can become complacent and weak.
Spiritual weakness is the crack in the door of our soul that Satan can slip through. David saw Bathsheba taking a bath. One thing lead to another and adultery takes place. He tries to cover his sin but instead, Bathsheba finds she is pregnant. Instead of confessing his sin against his friend and God he causes the death of Bathsheba’s husband. He takes Bathsheba into his home and thinks all is well. He even used the premise that “if no one knows, it didn’t happen.” David thought that his lies and deceit were concealed. For almost a year, God waited for David to confess his sin. While David languished and wasted away, he kept up appearances but because of David’s spiritual status not one Psalm was written during this time. It’s difficult to do God’s work it you walk away from him.
David may have thought God forgot all about the situation, but God doesn’t forget, he forgives. Finally, David confessed and God forgave him. People sometime think God forgets our sin but the reality is that God forgives our sin but only after we repent. Forgiving involves much more than forgetting. In order to forgive you must take all the cost and pain of another’s wrongdoing on ourselves.
That is exactly what Jesus did on the cross. When he died on the cross, he took on and endured all the deceit, lies, iniquity and sin that we committed. Through his love, he paid our debt and absorbed the price of sin himself. Forgetting our sin is one thing but forgiving is on a completely new level. Because he loves us, he will forgive a repentant heart through his mercy then give us grace to return to him. There are many lies in our life. Little “white” lies, big lies, some people think telling someone what they want to hear is all right, but a lie is a sin. I am so grateful that I can be forgiven of all my “lies” like David was forgiven of his.