Welcome back to the Sword Training Challenge! If you’re joining us for the first time, the sword training challenge is a challenge to read the Bible every day for 40 days. This is in line with the 40-days that Jesus spent teaching the disciples after his resurrection, and the 40-days that God spent teaching Moses about the Law. The purpose is to strengthen your ability to use the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. As you read, understand, and immerse yourself in God’s word, you are reinforcing your ability to resist the enemy in spiritual battle. David said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” He also said, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto unto thy word.”
Today’s post covers days 11 and 12 with the following readings: Psalm 51-60 and Proverbs 11-12. As with most days, there are some powerful scriptures here. Today I want to focus on David’s heartfelt repentance in Psalm 51.
King David messed up…royally…and on more than one occasion. The thing about him though, is that he knew how to humble himself before the Lord and truly repent of his sins. David had a heart for God that went all the way back to his shepherd days. As a boy, David spent his time tending the sheep. That was a lot of time alone with God (and the sheep, of course). During his time, he wrestled with a bear and a lion. Both had taken one of his sheep, and he wrestled them down and killed them with his hands by the strength of the Lord. He told Saul that God had delivered them into his hand (1 Samuel 17:34-37). Then, when facing Goliath, he had absolute faith that God would give him the victory. My point is, David trusted the Lord with every bit of his being, because he knew God intimately by spending time with him alone in the fields.
Just as I said yesterday, spending time with God enhances your relationship with him. One effect of David’s relationship with the Lord was his sensitivity to recognize when he had displeased Him. The relationship did not keep David from messing up, but it made him keenly aware of when he had done something wrong and caused him to humbly return to the Lord for forgiveness. Look at his prayer in Psalm 51. He laid his soul out before the Lord with no pretense, only a heart to do better, and God accepted that.
Think of this: David was so tight with God, that Jesus is referred to as the Son of David. The scriptures call Jesus the Son of David more times than they do the Son of Abraham. No disrespect intended toward Abraham by any means, I only point it out to show how close David and God were, and I believe we can be that close to God today…if we are willing to take the time and acknowledge him in all things. Of course, now that Christ is our righteousness sin can no longer separate from God. We still sin, but it is not “applied to our account”, so to speak. Jesus has it covered. Though, having Christ in us should heighten our sensitivity to sin, allowing us to cast it off and run the race unhindered.
Those are my thoughts today. Keep reading the scriptures, and may the Lord bless you and keep you!