TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Scripture: I Chronicles 21:5-12
In verses 5-12 we find David’s sin of numbering Israel. David is given three choices, none of which are good. Verses 9-12 state, “Then the Lord spoke to Gad, David’s seer, saying, ‘Go and tell David, saying, “Thus says the Lord: “’I offer you three things; choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to you.’ So Gad came to David and said to him, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Choose for yourself, either three years of famine, or three months to be defeated by your foes with the sword of your enemies overtaking you, or else for three days the sword of the Lord—the plague in the land, with the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the territory of Israel.” Now consider what answer I should take back to him who sent me.” This choice was either three years of famine, three months defeated by their enemies or three days with the Sword of the Lord in the land. That was a tough choice. David had to choose his own destruction and he chose wisely. The covenant of Sure Mercy promised redemption somewhere in this process. David acknowledged his sin and therefore could claim redemption. Every Christian wants our president to repent. When he steadfastly refuses, prayer must change from Priestly to Kingly. When Psalm 143:12 is appropriate, then we should pray it!