We’re continuing with our book launch of God’s Triumphant Mercy: A Reflection of Psalm 51
Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Obviously, there are different degrees of sin and their related consequences. To tell a lie about having finished our work is certainly different than committing adultery and murder. We don’t temporarily lose a kingdom and suffer great loss when we tell such a lie. That doesn’t mean that a “lying tongue” is insignificant and without consequences. It’s one of the six things that the Lord hates (see Pr. 6:16-19) and is worthy of His wrath.
David’s sins were severe. He suffered major consequences: “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife” (2 Sam. 12:10). As a general rule, the greater the sin, the greater the consequences, because we reap what we have sown (see Gal. 6:7).
Furthermore, the higher our position, whether in the church or in society, the greater the fall and shame we’ll experience. It’s one thing for an unknown person to commit adultery and murder; it’s quite another for a king to do so. Also, the more we have, the more we’ll lose by our fall.
David’s confrontation with the reality of his sins wasn’t just a one-time event. He didn’t think: let’s confess and get it over with. He stated that his sin was ever before him. Furthermore, the consequences of his sins weren’t a brief setback. They lasted a lifetime. There was a continual reminder of them, especially when his son rose up against him.
It’s not surprising that he again asked God to blot out his iniquities. As he daily reaped what he had sown, he asked God to hide His face from his sins and blot them out. Hadn’t God done so when He confirmed His forgiveness through Nathan? Yes, He had.
However, the consequences of our sins can be a continual reminder of what we’ve done. Furthermore, it sometimes takes time to realize the seriousness of them—we always think too low of our iniquities. Then, there’s only one thing to do: go to the cross, again and again. There, God has cast all our sins behind His back and blotted them out. That’s our only comfort when our sins stare us in the face.
Heavenly Father, help me to rest in Your forgiveness when my sins scream against me.
The Devotional Writer
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