Monday Manna

It is so easy to get caught up in the sin cycle.  One sin sets off a slippery slope of more sin and before we know it, we are lost in our sin.  Take the story of David & Bathsheba found in 2 Samuel 11.

David was a "man after God's own heart" and he loved The Lord.  Unfortunately, David sinned and instead of immediately confessing his sin and turning away from it, he got caught up in the sin cycle where one sin led to another and another. 

God dealt with David and his sin harshly.  Even though God really loved David, he was not lenient with him.  This story tells us that all sin has a price. Although David was very remorseful for what he had done and he repented for his actions, there were still consequences that he had to endure.  This story also shows us how sin separates us from God and how displeased God is with our sin but we have the hope of forgiveness if we repent to God and turn away from our sin.

I love the way David lays it all out before The Lord in Psalm 51

1You are kind, God Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins. 2Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt. 3I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt. 4You are really the one I have sinned against; I have disobeyed you and have done wrong. So it is right and fair for you to correct and punish me. 5I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born. 6But you want complete honesty, so teach me true wisdom. 7Wash me with hyssop until I am clean and whiter than snow. 8Let me be happy and joyful! You crushed my bones, now let them celebrate. 9Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt. 10Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again. 11Don't chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me. 12Make me as happy as you did when you saved me; make me want to obey! 13I will teach sinners your Law, and they will return to you. 14Keep me from any deadly sin. Only you can save me! Then I will shout and sing about your power to save. 15Help me to speak, and I will praise you, Lord. 16Offerings and sacrifices are not what you want. 17The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won't refuse. 18Please be willing, Lord, to help the city of Zion and to rebuild its walls. 19Then you will be pleased with the proper sacrifices, and we will offer bulls on your altar once again.

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