November 12th, 2015
David understood the basis on which he could approach God. When establishing the covenant at Sinai, God passed before Moses declaring: “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin” (Exod. 34:6-7a). On this foundation, David approached God with trust and hope, humility and repentance.
God is trustworthy because of His great mercy and love. God willingly instructs sinners and guides the humble because He is good and upright. David fully recognized his own sinfulness and without presumption called on God to be true to himself in forgiving the sins of the humble penitent.
What relief and encouragement is ours when we recognize that we don’t have to earn the right to come before God. If that were the case, we would never know God as Savior. Our role is to humble ourselves by acknowledging our need and repenting of our sins.
Author: Rhonda Carrim