Transformation Garden - Mar. 17, 2011

“And David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’”
II Samuel12: 13
Amplified Bible


“It’s Personal!

“Sin is a clenched fist and a blow in the face of God.”
Joseph Parker

When I have sinned, have I viewed my actions as a “sin” against God?

What is it that makes sin such a personal affront to my heavenly Father?

“If sin had its way it would both dethrone and annihilate God.”
William S. Plumer


“Sin is self-coronation.”
Vincent Taylor

There he was sitting on the throne of Israel and Judah. He was king of the realm. Leader, warrior and ruler – confronted by Nathan the prophet who informed David that in reality, he was just like everyone else. He was a sinner!

It didn’t take David but one split second to recognize his massive failure. And in words that should burn into our hearts, David admitted, immediately, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

As we previously discovered, God asked David, “Why have you despised Me?” David’s sin, in God’s eyes, wasn’t some nebulous misstep, this was a sin against God, David’s Creator. God said it was and David knew it was.

For you and me, this is a lesson which is critical for us to learn. While our sinful acts have consequences that may result in great harm to those around us, the essence of sin is that it is an act of rebellion against my Father in heaven. I know I’m not keen on hearing this and maybe you aren’t either, but it’s true! When I begin to clearly recognize the fact that sin is a personal act of defiance in the face of the great love my Father in heaven has bestowed upon me, it makes sin appear as it really is – sin is about a heart in revolt. Rather than having a heart like God, beating in unison with heaven’s glory, David decided in his heart that he would do his own thing…that he would be the ruler of his world.

This reminds me of the tragic story in Genesis 3 where two perfect beings, Adam and Eve, with hearts in unity with their heavenly Father, decided that they wanted their, “eyes to be opened, and you will be like God.” (Genesis 3: 5). Adam and Eve thought they could rule their world too, and what a price has been paid ever since.

Rebellious hearts, that decide self-rulership is better that heavenly-rulership, are what sin is about. And for each of us, it is at our own peril we decide to walk this flawed path.

The author Arthur Skevington Wood observed, “Sin is a little word with only three letters, but the biggest is ‘I’.” I elevate my viewpoint over my Father’s. I put myself in charge instead of my Father.

It has been said that there’s no such thing as a little sin because there is no such person as a little God to sin against. How true this fact was in David’s life, especially when we read some of his early Psalms.

Out in the field, under the vast sky and walking in the lush green grass, it was David, himself, who came to understand the infinite greatness of his Father in heaven.

Here are just a few of the magnificent words penned by David regarding the Father he knew so well:

"O Lord, our Lord, how excellent, majestic and glorious is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens…when I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, what is man (or woman) that You are mindful of him (her).” Psalm 8:1 ,3, 4.

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteous deeds: the upright shall behold His face.”
Psalm 11: 7

“Keep and protect me, O God, for in You I have found refuge, and in You do I put my trust and hide myself…I will bless the Lord, who has given me counsel…I have set the Lord continually before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.” Psalm 16: 1, 7, 8.

These are words David spoke and wrote about his very personal relationship with God in heaven. A friendship like no other. A relationship of Father and son. The kinship of one on earth who was part of God’s family in heaven. Don’t you just love it! And this is the kind of association God wants with every one of His children, you and me included! A personal relationship that no other can surpass.

This is why, when through an act of open rebellion I choose to break the link with my Father, it becomes personal. As our heavenly Father and as David correctly noted, his act of disobedience was a personal sin against his Father with whom he had a personal relationship with.

John Bunyan, who wrote the wonderful book, Pilgrim’s Progress, defined sin in this way, “Sin is the dare of God’s justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power and the contempt of His love.”

When confronted with the mutinous behavior of his rebel heart, David correctly admitted, “I have sinned against the Lord.” There was no question in David’s mind his was a personal act against a personal Father, whose heart he broke.

May we never forget the words of Thomas D. Bernard who wrote, “Our sense of sin is in proportion to our nearness to God.” In the case of David, he realized that the “One” whose heart he wanted most to emulate, was the “One” whose heart he crushed – and this is what makes sin such an affront to our loving Father in heaven.

"God’s love is always supernatural, always a miracle, always the last thing we deserve.” Robert Horn


Lovest Thou Me?

“Hark, my soul! It is the Lord;
‘This thy Saviour, hear his word;
Jesus speaks, and speaks to thee;
“Say, poor sinner. Lov’st thou me?

“I delivered thee when bound,
And, when wounded, healed thy wound;
Sought thee wandering, set thee right,
Turned thy darkness into light.

“Can a woman’s tender care
Cease towards the child she bare?
Yes, she may forgetful be,
Yet will I remember thee.

“Mine is an unchanging love,
Higher than the heights above;
Deeper than the depths beneath,
Free and faithful, song as death.

“Thou shalt see my glory soon,
When the work of grace is done;
Partner of my throne shalt be:
Say, poor sinner, lov’st thou me?”

Lord, it is my chief complaint
That my love is weak and faint:
Yet I love thee and adore,
O for grace to love thee more!”

William Cowper

Your Friend,
Dorothy Valcấrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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