“You are the man!” —II Samuel 12:7

David lusted after Bathsheba when he saw her bathing and then had sexual relations with her. When she told the king she was pregnant he immediately thought of a plan to hide his sin. When plan A and B did not work, then he put into motion a more wicked, evil plan C to have Bathsheba’s husband killed. The king succeeded in his sordid deed.

Now David thought he had gotten away with both adultery and murder. But there is one who knows all things and David had not gotten away with anything. In time God sent a messenger to David.

The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! (II Samuel 12:1-7).

We may be able to hide sin from people, but that sin is not hidden from the Lord God Almighty, Maker of the Heavens and Earth. No, He knows! David did acknowledge his sin—

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge” (Psalm 51:1-4).

Thank God for His mercy and forgiveness. Without it none of us would have any hope. Yes, let us thank Him for His mercy and love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH2A0voHZu8

Dear Father I thank You for Your great mercy and love toward me. Now may I live faithful to You and Your desires. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.

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