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Psalms Day 6-4 The Scarifice of Thanksgiving

Recently our family visited a WWII museum while on a trip. The devastation and reality of the war was shocking and heavy. There was very little interaction between those taking in the displays of personal items of soldiers as well as the photos, writings and video footage of actual events. It hurt to witness the pain even from the disconnected perspective we had that day.  This makes me think of our current study and feel hurt for David and all of the innocent ones impacted by one man’s selfish sins.  How humbling and awesome it is to catch a glimpse of the pain and yet be witness to the restoration in David’s life... and to be counted privileged to experience this in our own!

Let’s read 2 Samuel 12:15-31.  

Just as God promised through his prophet Nathan, what happened to the child born of David’s sin?

Compare how David behaved before and after his death.  It seems a bit puzzling but also fitting for a “man after God’s own heart.”  What did David immediately do once the child died?  Why do you think he responded this way?

How do we see almost immediate restoration for David following his sincere repentance before the Lord?

How does Joab show honor for David as God’s anointed?  Could you have done that considering all that had just happened?  Tough stuff!

David is receiving God’s grace in action through the birth of Solomon (the next king!!!) and also through the hands of Joab.  The Lord is eager to redeem and restore, strengthen and reestablish, and instruct and redirect us back to His calling for our lives.  This is grace here and now and for all eternity!

Spend some time reading Psalm 103.  This reflection was written by David in worship during this time of repentance and healing.  

I’ve always felt that the phrase “offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving” was a bit hard to understand.  How could being thankful be considered much of a sacrifice?  It wasn’t until I stood in the pit of life and lifted my hands in praise to God that I understood... this is truly yielding your heart and life to Him at all cost.

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  He will not always rebuke, nor will he keep his anger forever.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.”

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

 


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