2 Samuel 24:10-14 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. For when David was up in the morning, the word of the LORD came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying, Go and say unto David, Thus saith the LORD, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee. So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me. And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the LORD; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
- Even when David realized his sin and repented, he still had to suffer the consequences. Our repentance does not necessarily mean no consequences.
- Yes, God will forgive, but I still may need teaching and reminders to keep my heart right with Him
- God’s mercies are so great! If not for His mercy we would all be consumed.
- We don’t even realize how much our sin affects others.
Psalms 92:1-3 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.
- Give thanks to the Lord at least two times a day. In the morning remember His loving kindnesses and in the evening reflect on His faithfulness
- Praise Him with instruments – not shouting and entertainments (although our music can be enjoyable), but with a solemn sound (meditating). Be solemn in your music – let it help your heart to meditate on the goodness of God and who He is!
Psalms 92:4-5 For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
- As I reflect upon all God’s works and all His blessings it makes me glad. It is a great encouragement to me!
Psalms 92:6-7 A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:
- On the other hand, God’s works bewilder the unsaved man. They do not even realize God’s great works nor understand them.