"...in His eye sight"
“...in His eye sight.”
The Lord delighted in David.
David was a man whose heart was after God. The Lord said this.
David pursued the Lord with all his heart, mind, soul and strength.
This does not mean that David was perfect. Far from it.
These verses from 2 Samuel 22 give some amazing insight into repentance and forgiveness.
Remember, David had sinned.
He had taken another man’s wife.
He had lied.
He manipulated his men.
Yet, when confronted by the prophet…
2 Samuel 12:7
And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.
when his heart was move…
2 Samuel 24:10
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
David confessed, repented and received the forgiveness of the Lord.
To what “degree” did he receive?
Well, you see, there is a problem within the Body of Christ.
So many will readily believe that God forgives.
So many will confess and repent, but then will turn around and say something along the line of “God forgave me, but I can’t forgive myself.”
This is nothing more than the lie of the enemy.
“Can’t forgive myself” is simple psuedo-humility.
It is pride.
It is spiritual arrogance.
It is the ultimate in narcissistic hubris.
It is actually exalting yourself above God.
To know that God forgives, yet refusing to live in that forgiveness is disobedience to the Lord.
It is placing yourself above God.
Humm...sounds like what Lucifer did…
I will, I will, I will, I will, I will...
David knew this and refused to reject the forgiveness of the Lord.
He received it totally, fully and without reservation.
He rebuffed the fiery darts of the enemy that draw questions into the mind.
David knew God forgave him.
He declared it.
These verses are to be understood within this context - the context of a sinner who has received the forgiveness of the Lord.
Now, give close attention to what David says of himself…
2 Samuel 22
21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
Amazing is it not.
I suspect that this boldness in forgiveness makes many uncomfortable.
David declared that the Lord had…
- rewarded me according to my righteousness
- recompensed me according to the cleanness of my hands
- recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in His eye sight
Since God viewed David as clean, David viewed himself as such.
Therefore, he declared…
- I have kept the ways of the Lord
- I have not wickedly departed from God
- I have not departed from his judgments and statutes
Did David sin?
But, he sought and received the forgiveness of the Lord, then pressed on.
He gave not room for the enemy.
We are to do likewise.
Seek the Lord.
He is to be found.
Live in the forgiveness He grants, giving no arena to the equivocation of the flesh.
Forgiveness is of the Lord...simply His grace and mercy.
Undeserved by an action we can exhibit.
Let us agree with what the Lord has done in David and our lives.
I am righteous.
I am clean.
I am forgiven.
The Lord will reward me accordingly…
Now, give thanks to the Lord.