The Deadening Effects of Intentional Sin
All that really matters in life may be reduced to one simple reality--what does God think of what I am doing or have done.
As we open in our Bibles to the last sentence of II Samuel 11:27, and read those words—that is exactly the perspective God has of David’s life at that moment.
Only Two Choices: Please God or Self
Our lives can be focused by one simple truth: am I pleasing or displeasing God? All that mattered at that moment and for eternity—Is what God thought of what David had done. And David did not please the Lord!
2 Samuel 11:27b “…But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” NKJV
Right by that verse note Psalm 32 in your margin. David began to feel the consequences of his sin as soon as he displeased the Lord.
What did God do to him? Open with me at the first 4 verses of Psalm 32 and see the deadening effects of intentional sin. This is the God who says, I am not mocked, whatever you sow, that is what you’ll reap. Please listen to the reaping:
Psalm 32:1-4 (NKJV) A Psalm of David. A Contemplation. “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.” Selah
The sin of pleasing self instead of God can be very costly as Psalm 32:3-4 expresses. Think about the moments, hours, days, and weeks that followed this statement. The ornate halls of Jerusalem’s royal palace became strangely silent those days. It seemed as if David had lost his voice. Un-confessed and un-forsaken sin gradually leads to personality changes in the life of a believer, that those close and spiritually perceptive, begin to notice. That is why community in Christ's church is so vital for our spiritual health.
David, the most written about person in God's Word, has changed.
He has slowly withdrawn from what had most characterized him for all the years since his boyhood on the hills of Judah. David’s song had stopped.
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