Summary: Pointing out that most Christians do not fear God.
DO WE FEAR GOD?
CHRIST FIRST AND FOREMOST
Ps 51:1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (KJV)
David had committed the terrible sin of adultery and now he is repenting to God for his sin. He cries out with a heart of brokenness and regret. He has experienced the murder of Uriah and the death of his own son – he has no place to go but to God.
We don’t see sin as God sees it. Sin is the worst thing that any person could get involved in. Sin is not nor was not just a bad decision that would bring much displeasure or discomfort to man. Sin is not nor was not just a misfortune that a man would get involved because of ignorance.
Sin was the ONE thing that would eternally separate man from God and bring the death penalty to all man. There is nothing worse than sin that could possibly happen to man.
Nathan confronted David with the sin and David knew that God was now involved in the matter. It was no longer just David and Bathsheba – God was now in the equation. That brings a whole different concept into the matter of sin. All sin is committed against God. Notice David’s confession in Vs. 4. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
Some would ask, “Didn’t David sin against Bathsheba.” He sure did.
Didn’t he sin against Uriah? Most certainly.
The Bible tells us that he even sinned against his own body. But all sin is ultimately against God – therefore God is the One that we must answer to for our sin. If we could get every person to understand that they will answer to God personally for their sin it would made a world of difference how they live.
After Nathan had pointed out David’s sin and made him realize that he had been found out David became very repentant.
Look with me in:
I. NOTICE WHERE GOD BEGINS WITH DAVID
You will remember that Nathan told David the story about a rich man and a poor man – the rich man had many lambs and the poor man had only one. One day a traveler came and the rich man took the one little lamb from the poor man and prepared it for his friend.
As Nathan was telling this David became very angry and told Nathan – beginning in Vs. 6.
2Sa 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. (KJV)
Remember what David said back in Vs. 4 of Psa 51, “Against thee and thee only have I sinned.” He was in agreement with God concerning his sin.