Likewise, his cleansing from sin and his new calling followed that vision. When he came under the truth of God's person, he had compelling reasons to change, and so does the person in bondage to sin. Indeed, the truth shall set you free, especially the truth about God's character.

 

The Goodness of God

 

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions" (Psalm 51:1).

 

The thing that motivated David to return to his God was his all-consuming belief in the goodness of God. Like Paul, he believed that "the goodness of God leadeth ... to repentance" (Romans 2:4). David knew in his heart that the ears of God were open unto his cry (Psalm 34:15). This caused him to write, "I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live" (Psalm 116:1-2).

 

He saw God as a loving Heavenly Father with His arms outstretched and longing for his return, not as a divine bully of some sort, leaning over the battlements of Heaven with a revenging club in His hand. Most people are attracted to goodness and repulsed by harshness. David could climb into God's lap and hug His neck because he was comfortable and comforted with His goodness and love.

 

When you think about God, does His goodness come into mind first, or do you think of Him as austere and unyielding? The answer may affect your return to Him.

 

The Holiness of God

 

“I saw also the Lord ... high and lifted up ... Holy, holy, holy" (Isaiah 6:1, 3).

 

When Isaiah saw the Lord as holy, it radically and permanently changed his life. First, in the way he thought of himself: "Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King" (Isaiah 6:5). Isaiah no longer coddled himself into thinking he wasn't so bad after all. He had come into the illuminating light of God's holiness, a light that penetrated every cave of his heart and exposed every vile thought lurking in the shadowy crevices.

 

As long as he loitered in self-congratulations on the perimeter of the light, he could compare himself favorably to those even deeper in the shadows. But once he was exposed to the brilliance of God's pure light, he could no longer dissimulate. Every wart and cankerous sore on his soul was exposed to the light.