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the wall of Rabbah. The child dies. A family   sword and stay his hand. In response,
        is washed away by sin.               David bowed himself in worship – wor-
          In 2 Samuel 24, the census sent David   ship bought with a price. God had dealt
        to sleep with a multitude of swords in his   gently with him and he was indebted to
        service (v9). When he awoke, the news   the merciful hand of God. The cost of sin
        smote his heart. Gad arrived to tell David   should have been higher, and he would
        his pride would cost the kingdom dearly.   repay what he could.
        He must pick the payment: years of famine,   The Result of the Strife
        months of lost battles or days of pestilence.
        Too weak to stand, the grief-stricken king   Because of Calvary and regardless of
        falls into the hand of God, saying, “You   the past, wherever a trusting, lowly heart
        choose.”  70,000  of  God’s  own  people   bows before Him in repentance, our God
        would die of disease before God Himself   forgives. Time and time again, the gentle
        repented and the destroying angel bowed   hand of God lifted David from his sorrow
        with folded arms. O beloved! Can we count   and put his suffering aside. Rest assured,
        how much pain is caused by a single sin?  dear believer, everyone suffering under the
                                             shame and pain of a sinful act may take
        The Response of the Sufferer         comfort in the words of this man so close
          Meditating on these scenes, we might   to God’s heart, “He will not always chide:
        wonder how David ever recovered. Or,   neither will he keep his anger forever. He
        given the grief he caused, we might even   hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor
        be tempted to ask if he should. But, let’s   rewarded us according to our iniquities.
        never forget that our God is a gracious   For as the heaven is high above the earth,
        and forgiving God. Finally at peace and   so great is his mercy toward them that fear
        looking back over his life, the penitent king   him. As far as the east is from the west, so
        softly sings, “Thy gentleness hath made me   far hath he removed our transgressions
        great” (2Sa 22:36; Psa 18:35).       from us” (Psa 103:9-12 KJV).
          Look  carefully  and  you  will  see  the   Being  truly,  open-heartedly  forgiven
        gentle hand of God, seeking the best for   changes you. Who hasn’t paused at the
        His servant even in these awful scenes.   apostle’s words, “and such were some of
        The courtiers in Jerusalem could not raise   you” (1Co 6:11) and felt their heart drop in
        David from his grief while Bathsheba’s   their chest? Only one thing will do for such
        child suffered.  But once the baby died,   forgiven sinners – we ourselves must drop
        David washed himself and worshipped   and worship the great Lover of our souls.
        with a new spirit. “I shall go to him, but he   David bought and brought burnt offerings
        shall not return to me” (2Sa 12:23). Bowed   and peace offerings right where he was, on
        before God, David trusted that the suffer-  the threshing floor of Araunah. His sin was
        ing would end in God’s time, and the infant   forgiven; the temple could wait!
        would go to his Creator. Even Solomon   Likewise, dear forgiven believer, do not
        would be born from this pain.        be consumed by your shame and guilt.
          I struggle to consider a plague so terrible   Your sins are forgiven! Look up, consider
        that Almighty God said, “It is enough.”   your redemption and honor the Lord Jesus
        Yet,  through  tear-rimmed  eyes,  David   right where you are; give thanks for the
        witnessed that warrior angel sheathe his   mercy and grace of His gentle hand!

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