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August 14, 2017


by Leslie John

David’s Psalm 116 encourages believers to ponder life in retrospect and the deliverance the LORD wrought upon them from their distress, sin and iniquities.

Not once but several times in his life David was fleeing from his pursuers like Saul and then later in his life from his own son Absalom. In all the occasions when he was fleeing from his persecutors he depended on God for help and his prayers and supplications were answered. Because David asked forgiveness from God He dealt with all his trials and tribulations compassionately and took care of them and forgave him.

The LORD called David, a man after His own heart. It is so precious to be called by God as a man after His own heart. David was not perfect in his life. His adultery with Bathsheba and killing of her husband Uriah had gone on record never to be erased. He numbered his own army once pointing to the fact that his reliance on the LORD diminished. Yet, he was called a man of after God’s own heart not because God approved his iniquities, sin and his pride but because David repented of his sin and sought mercy from the LORD.

David says he loved the LORD because He heard his voice and his supplications. The LORD inclined His ear to him and, therefore, he committed to call on the LORD as long as he lived. He recollects that sorrows of death compassed him, and the pains of hell got hold of him. He called upon the name of the LORD to deliver his soul when he was in trouble and sorrow and the LORD delivered him because the LORD was gracious and merciful. David assures, thereafter, that the Lord preserves the humble.

The LORD was good to him when he confessed his sin to Him as we read in Psalm 51, It was when Nathan the prophet went to him and showed him how he has flawed in his walk with God. When the LORD gave him Kingship and the authority to rule over whole of Israel, he fell into his fleshly desire. David was highly remorseful of his sin and made available his psalm of confession to be sung by the chief musician aloud before the congregation.

David sought God’s mercy and prayed to God to blot out his transgressions. He sought multitude of tender mercies and loving kindness from the LORD. David acknowledged his iniquity and prayed for his cleansing. He realized that by yielding to his fleshly desires he sinned against the LORD and done evil.

David also remembered the very condition of every man born on this earth. He says in sin did his mother conceive him and he was shaped in iniquity. This is the condition of every human being born on this earth.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms 51:5)

Nevertheless, God looks at the heart of a man and searches his thoughts. Man is wicked in his very thoughts and unless he seeks the holy presence of the Lord in his heart he would slowly but surely slide into irretrievable situation of being in sin.

Apostle Paul writes that we all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. There is surely a way to be saved from sin and receive the gift of eternal life.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:29, 30

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