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Home The Light Articles from 2006 My Sin Is Ever Before Me

My Sin Is Ever Before Me

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Psalm 51:3
David had committed two of the most terrible sins of his life. He yielded to his lust and committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then murdered Uriah, the Hittite (Bathsheba's husband) in an effort to hide his former sin.
Nathan, the prophet of God, was sent to David with the story of two men who lived in a city. One was rich, having many flocks and herds; the other poor, with only one ewe lamb which he had bought and raised as a pet. When a trav­eler stopped at the rich man's house, the rich man's flocks were spared and the ewe lamb of the poor man was taken to feed the traveler. This deed so angered David that he exclaimed, "As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: and he shall restore the lamb four fold; because he did this thing, and because he had no pity!"
It was quite easy for David (as it is with us today) to see the error—the sin—of another, and be quite unable to see his own error. The picture Nathan painted for David is obviously a parallel to David's sins, but David did not see it until Nathan said, "Thou art the man." The record does not indicate that David questioned Nathan to see if he really had him in mind; or ask where he got his information; or could he prove it—nor did he in any way attempt to deny it. After Nathan's "Thus saith the Lord," David knew those things he had done secretly were not secret, but were known, especially by Him who counts the most.. .Today we might conceal our sins from man, but as in David's case, they are fully known by God.
David then confessed his transgres­sion—"I have sinned against the Lord." He was now in very serious circum­stances. By his own words, he was under the sentence of death (2 Sam. 12:5). It seems Nathan was quite aware of this because he said in reply to David's ac­knowledgment, "The Lord hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die."
When we sin today, our sins can be "put away" by the Lord when we repent and confess and turn to the Lord in keeping with His commands. If we are not willing to confess our sins, they will remain a barrier between us and God to be punished in the day of judgment. We, like David, are under die sentence of death because of our sins. It is impera­tive therefore, that they are erased from God's book of remembrance.
In remembrance of this occasion David later writes in Psalms 51:3, "For I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is ever before me." Let us look at that statement.
David said, "MY sin is ever before me." I perceive that this sin was a per­sonal matter. It was David's sin with which he was concerned, not Joab's (he was party to a part of David's sin); not his children's (some of them were vic­tims of the results of David's sin); not to any in his court (for there were some who knew of some of the happenings) David's concern was "MY sin." Today, we as individuals should be con­cerned with MY sin because that is what will condemn our soul. It is important that we know sin will be disposed of in one of two ways, it will be forgiven by God and removed from His remem­brance (forgotten), or it will be charged against us in the day of judgment and punished. It is so terrible to enter the great and mystical unknown realm of death, and then judgment, with sins still remembered by God against us—sins we know about; sins that could so easily be removed, or put away from the re­cord-sins we do not have to face. The atonement for sin has already been made by the blood of Jesus. We have access to that atonement and need only to take advantage of it. Sometime after David's sin, he made a statement in Psalms 51:3, indicating that it was (still) ever before him, not­withstanding the fact that Nathan told him, "God hath put away thy sin." The word in Psalms 51 suggests that sin is a positive thing. It is not merely a trans­gression that can be done then forgotten about. When David saw it as sin, he also saw the need for repentance, not forget­ting it. "After all," he could have rea­soned, "I am king, and surely this plea­sure should not be forbidden the king of Israel," but this was not David's view at all. It was he who first mentioned sin not the man of God. David recog­nized it as sin. He said "my sin is..." indicating that even though God put away his sin, he was still aware he had sinned. He is now seeing some of the effects of his sins. He is viewing the effect as we might view a scar of a hurtful accident in our physical life. Sin is a very real and positive thing to be pun­ished or forgiven by God. Nathan indi­cated the effects (scars) of his sins would continue to be felt in his house. Note first the death of the son borne by Bathsheba. Note also the rebellious sins of Absalom, Amnon, and Adonijah which resulted in their deaths.
God told David through Nathan that his sins gave great occasion to the ene­mies of God to blaspheme. Is that not true today? Do not our sins give occa­sion to the enemies of Truth to blas­pheme and resist God's Word?
David's statement indicated his sins were ever before him. He could no more erase those sins nor their effects from his memory than we can erase a scar from our body and the memory of its cause. So it is with our sins today. They can be forgiven by man and God but we must live with their effects (scars) for many years (sometimes until death) as we see the effects of our sins on others. As David saw the effects of his sins on others, we sometimes see the effects of our sins extended through generations.
David said, "My sin is ever before me." It was his own conscience he was dealing with. Not that he had any lack of love for family or others, for this can be seen in his dealing with Absalom. It was David's sin that goaded his conscience even in dealing with his rebellious sons. It is (in our individual cases) "MY" sin with which we should concern ourselves. We must see "MY" sin as sin, and deal with it as such because we will account for "MY" sin in "MY" life. No one else can account for "MY" sin in my life, nor can I account for the sin in the lives of others. In spite of the wrongs done by both David and Absalom, David would have, through love, exchanged places with Absalom.
David saw his sin and its many ef­fects. Absalom paid for his sins—not his father's. According to the life we as individuals live today, we shall each give account to God (Rom. 14:12). Remem­ber, our sins will be forgiven or pun­ished! -Deceased, 1922-2006


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