« And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly. » (2 Samuel 24:10). In what way did David sin, some may wonder? However, his heart started condemning him after the numbering of the people because the Lord made him understand his inner motivation: pride! David had forgotten that all the victories he had won so far came from God and not from the power of his army, let alone the number of his soldiers! David felt in his mind that God was unhappy with him. He regretted having ordered the census and finally implored the Lord to grant him His forgiveness!
Many Christians are still living in lies, adultery, fornication, cheating, theft, unforgiveness, rebellion, etc., and they do not experience God’s working hand in their lives (Isaiah 59:2). If this is your case, repent, give up these things and God will grant you His mercy (Proverbs 28:13). Several Christians, on the other hand, have abandoned this type of sin, which they consider to be gross and obvious, but they do not realize that many other subtle sins hide God’s face from them. Ordering the numbering of the people was a mistake David made and he repented in 2 Samuel 24:10!
« Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties », this was David’s prayer (Psalm 139:23), the very one whom the Bible calls the man after God’s own heart. Make this prayer too, Beloved! Let the Holy Spirit try your deepest motivations and thoughts. Is what you feel pure when you are praised after you had prayed for a person who was healed from an incurable disease? Did you notice this root of bitterness that grew in your heart after the dispute you had with your neighbour? Be careful, it deprives you of God’s grace! Are you aware of the impact of the frustration that altered your mood because your friend came late for the appointment? Let God search your heart!
Make Psalms 139:23 your prayer. Always ask yourself: « What would the Lord Jesus have done or said in my place in the same circumstances? » Learn to come to the Lord with your face unveiled, that is, expose your deepest thoughts before His face (2 Corinthians 3:18). As I told you in my exhortation last week, make the Word of God your mirror and if your reflected image does not resemble Jesus, then let His Word transform you so that nothing would stand in the way of your prayers!
May God bless you Beloved
« Examine me, O Lord, and [a]prove me; try my mind and my heart. »
« The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts. »
« I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. »
« Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. »
« But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. »
« He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. »
2 Corinthians 3:18
« But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. »
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