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When Repentance Hits Your Life!!

When Repentance Hits Your Life:

Psalms 51:1-19

We all should know the story of David; it happens to be one of my favorite stories to read and hear preached across the pulpit. We first find out about David in 1 Samuel 16, when God speaks to Samuel and sends him to the house of Jesse; to anoint Jesse’s son; which happens to be David. 

Samuel was worried about Saul finding out and taking his life. Can you imagine that? You got God telling you what your next assignment is and you’re worried about a man; coming and taking your life? This sounds so familiar and so 21st century; do you know how many people in this current life are worried more about people; than they are of God? We will come back to that one day, let’s stay on task. 

God had rejected Saul because Saul started feeling himself; why does this sound familiar as well? Like I was saying God dumped Saul and knew He needed a new King; so in comes David, son of Jesse. Samuel was to go to the house of Jesse and anoint his son to be King; God gave him specific instructions as what to do and how to do it; so it wouldn’t send any signals back to Saul as to what was about to transpire. 

Samuel looked upon the ones before him and believed just by looking; he had found whom he was to anoint as the next King. God told him not so, his outer appearance has little to do with the assignment, power, anointing and call on his life (paraphrasing with added emphasis) God looks at the heart of a man and that is what many of us humans fail miserably at. Jesse called out all his sons and each time; God told Samuel it wasn’t him, next! 

Can this be why some of us may end up dealing with the wrong kind of people? We are looking at their outer appearance and not their heart? 

Samuel asked Jesse if there was anyone else and that they couldn’t continue; until He was able to do; what God had sent him there to do. Jesse let Samuel know that he had a younger son and would have to send for him; since he was keeping the sheep. Upon David entering in before Samuel; God spoke and informed that he was the one! When Samuel took the oil and anointed David the Spirit of God was upon him from that day forward. 

Not too long after, David was summoned to go play the harp for Saul to remove his “distressing” spirit. Saul was impressed with David and sent word to his father Jesse to allow him to be his armor bearer. 

In 1 Samuel 17, we get a glimpse of the showdown between David & Goliath! Goliath is the giant that David gets to defeat with just a rock and a slingshot because; no one else was equipped to bring him down. After the people see the giant taken out they begin to sing their praises to David and that vexes Saul and it was then; that his love for David turned into hate. 

Have you ever had to deal with someone that got in their feelings; when you decided to accomplish anything in your life? They had the opportunity to do the same thing but they chose to run and hide; so you handled the situation; now they are in their feelings? Sound familiar? Back to the story, David has gained an enemy that was once intrigued with his talents; Saul took him under his wing, brought him into his home; now he wants to take his life. 

Let’s fast forward just a little because this story gets so much better and this is the reason why I come to you today. Have you ever had to repent? For some of you, you may ask well what does it mean to repent? I’m glad you asked. 

Let's take a look at the definition: “feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin; view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse; feel regret or penitence 

To repent is an action; you have to express yourself in a way that those around you; will know that you are sorry. When we repent to God that is telling Him; that we know we have done wrong and we are sincerely sorry and want an opportunity to do better. 

What does the life of David have to do with repentance? 2 Samuel 11-12 tells us the story of David and Bathsheba. At this time, David had been made King and should’ve been out at war but sent his servant instead and was at the palace out on the roof; when he saw a woman bathing. 

That woman was a married woman named Bathsheba; whom David ended up sleeping with and getting her pregnant. David then turns around and tries to cover it up by sending her husband home to sleep with her; which doesn’t happen because the husband doesn’t go home.

So David sends him out on the front line of the battle and gets him killed. Then David ends up marrying her and brings her into his home. 

In 2 Samuel 12 God sends His Prophet Nathan to have a conversation with David. Nathan shares a parable with David. 

A parable is: “a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral

A prophet is: “someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God”.

The role of a Prophet according to Jeremiah 1:10 is to “root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant”. (NKJV)

God was displeased with how David handled himself, when it came to Bathsheba! So many times, people believe that they have reached a higher level than others and they can say and do whatever they choose, they can have whomever and whatever they want or they tend to think they are above reproach, judgment, chastisement and repentance! 

Was this the case with David? He went from tending to sheep, to being the King and God’s chosen! He was living in a palace and had servants that served him day and night; and brought him whatever he asked for. God provided all of his needs!! But did he have sound and wise counsel to speak into his life? 

How does one wrap their minds around leaving a lower level in life and being evaluated and  becoming wise in their thoughts, actions and behavior; without the right people in your ear? 

The parable that Nathan shared with David brought him back to his senses! Nathan rebuked David and reminded him of all what the Lord God had done for him; only for him to do these evil works! David because of his actions brought calamity on him and his household! Nathan shared with David the next steps that would go forth in his life and there was nothing he could do to stop them! 

David begged, pleaded, fasted and laid on the ground in sackcloth! This is where the scripture Psalms 51 was birthed! 

David did something that many today still refuse to do when they have been found guilty, when they have sinned against God; he repented! 

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.” 

Psalms 51:1-2

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

    or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,

    so that sinners will turn back to you.” 

Psalms 51:10-13

This wasn’t the end of David’s story! He served as King for 40 years! 

Repentance, even though it doesn’t remove the consequences of your actions; it allows God to know your heart and that while you are human (remorseful); you are still his child. And you want to do right by Him, get back in line with the call on your life and the journey He has you on! 

Is there anything you need to repent for?

Is there someone you need to seek forgiveness from? 

Don’t think too highly of yourself and think you will get away with any kind of sin! 

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2 (NKJV)

Written and published by Dr Tamara

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