David Offered No Excuses

Written by: John Sernaque

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2 Samuel 12:13

12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.


David Offered No Excuses—

David awakens as from a dream. He feels the sense of his sin. He does not seek to excuse his course, or palliate his sin, as did Saul; but with remorse and sincere grief, he bows his head before the prophet of God, and acknowledges his guilt.... {2BC 1023.5}


David does not manifest the spirit of an unconverted man. If he had possessed the spirit of the rulers of the nations around him, he would not have borne, from Nathan, the picture of his crime before him in its truly abominable colors, but would have taken the life of the faithful reprover. But notwithstanding the loftiness of his throne, and his unlimited power, his humble acknowledgement of all with which he was charged, is evidence that he still feared and trembled at the word of the Lord (The Spirit of Prophecy 1:378, 381). {2BC 1023.6}


God knows the beginning from the end. He knows the very number of the hairs on our head. We cannot hide our sins from God. Our sins are ever before God and require confession and repentance for forgiveness. David felt the sense of his sin, remorse, and grief. With fear and trembling, David came humbly before God acknowledging what he had done. He did not make excuses or try to justify his sin. He came to God with a broken and contrite heart, and God heard his prayers. It is by David’s example that we are to follow to receive God’s compassion, mercy, and grace. Acknowledge, confess, and repent of your sins lest you grieve away the Holy Spirit.


Dear kind and gracious Father,

We thank You for Your compassion, mercy, and grace. We are sinners, and like David, have made mistakes and have sinned against You. We are sorry for hurting You, and repent of our sins. We come humbly before You with broken and contrite hearts asking that You forgive us of all our sins, the known and the unknown, that You wash us clean in the blood of Christ. We pray that You help us with our struggles and weaknesses so that we may overcome and sin no more. May You put away all our sins and redeem us, oh Lord. Praise be to You dear Lord. In the name of Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.



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