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We all long for safe sanctuary when we are crippled with sin. We know we deserve death but we are still welcome at the King’s table because we are children of God. Are we fearful of what might happen when we see Jesus face to face in heaven or are we excited because we know we are always in His will? When we sense judgment, do we seek sanctuary or do we crawl under a table to try to disappear?

safe12 Samuel 9:7-8 – “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”

safe3DO NOT BE AFRAID. Isn’t that what God speaks to us daily? David was an integrious leader and showed love and mercy, an example we should all follow. He knew that he could not cast the first stone because he, too, was a sinner saved by grace. David committed terrible sins, but He was a man after God’s own heart and he was very teachable. We must repent immediately of the sin that wants to bury us. We must turn quickly from the offensive way and turn back toward the Lord and we will be able to stand before Him at His table.

2 Samuel 12:13 – Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”

There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Do not let the sin cripple you, let it move you into a new position of repentance, love, and forgiveness!

safe2You can read 2 Samuel 8-11 about David’s victories, his sin with Bathsheba, and his forgiveness at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #2Samuel

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from

Psalm 32:1-5 – Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

What a beautiful picture of forgiveness. God will give us a full dose of what we think we need and His hand WILL feel very heavy upon us. I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this very thing. However, we cannot change that which we do not acknowledge and what is accepted will continue, so we must be willing to lay aside ourselves and grow in love.

Related Scriptures: Acts 13:22; Romans 8:1; Proverbs 28:13