Monday, 12 August 2013

But David Did It :

                                  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity Psalm 51:2

 One of satan's devices to draw you into sin is to get you to consider the sins of the best men, and hide their virtues. He shows the adultery of David, the pride of Hezekiah, the impatience of Job, the drunkenness of Noah, and the blasphemy of Peter, but he hides their tears,sighs,groans,and repentance. David fell fearfully and Peter dreadfully,but they rose sweetly by repentance. Many sin like them who never repent like them and so perish forever. These saints did not make a habit of sin. They fell once or twice, and rose by repentance, that they might keep closer to Christ forever.They sinned accidentally,occasionally, and with much reluctance. To use their fall to sin on purpose is to sin readily,obstinately,presumptuously,delightfully,and customarily. If you wilfully trade in sin, you promote sin's necessity in your soul.If one tasted poison once, and yet narrowly escaped,is it sound reason to assume that if I drink poison everyday I shall escape? We need also to consider that God does not, nor ever will disinherit his people for their sins, yet he severely punished them. David sinned, and God broke his bones for it (Psa 51:8). The reason God records the failures of His saints, is to encourage others who have fallen by weakness and infirmity from fainting,sinking,and despairing under the burden of their sins. He also records them as landmarks to warn others that are standing, to take heed lest they fall. It never entered the heart of God to record his children's sins that others might be encouraged to sin. He would have us hold closer to the skirts of Christ, and avoid all occasions and temptations that may give us an occasion to fall. Others sins are landmarks to warn His people about the rocks and snares as they sail through the ocean of this sinful troublesome world.

Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) 


lyn said...

Good post; I have encountered sinners use David and his sin to try and justify their own. Brooks does an excellent job of leading us not to their sins, but to their repentance. This is what we must point sinners to as well, this is a good reminder for us all.

Thanks for the post

dale mcalpine said...

Your welcome Lyn, glad you appreciate it.

For anyone that is interested this is from a devotional called "Voices From The Past" banner of truth book excellent gem of daily truths I highly recommend.

lyn said...

I will look into it, thanks for recommending it.

Helen said...

A good concise explanation, which I must remember to quote to the "but we all sin brigade". - Especially "did not make a habit *sigh*,fell once or twice." ;) & :(

Susan said...

That many who claim the title "Christian" would rather boast of David's sin instead of repentance is evidence of the kind of fruit they are producing...

Luk_15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

I had always read and understood this to mean that the "just" spoken of here were righteous...but now I think it is talking about SELFrighteousness, and indeed many think they are righteous and use the above examples like David's indiscretions for reasons why God loves them and forgives them for everything they choose to do, and will count on that for their salvation, not thinking that they have need for repentance. However, that is twisting God's word to their own destruction.

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