SUNDAY, MARCH 9
Scripture: 2 Samuel 12:24-25
David’s repentance restored relationship with the Lord! 2 Samuel 12:24-25 says, “Then David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in to her and lay with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. Now the Lord loved him, and He sent word by the hand of Nathan the prophet: So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.” The same prophet that confronted David after his sin and then declared that the sword would never leave his house, that prophet took a very different word to him after true repentance. You are accepted, you are delivered, your sin is forgiven. Then in reassurance to David that that sin was truly forgiven Solomon became the wisest man that ever lived. God loved him and the kingdom reached its apex and pinnacle under Solomon. Solomon was the one that finished David’s vision and built the temple. David was powerfully forgiven and God redeemed, restored and blessed the offspring. That is proof that God redeemed David’s greatest failure out of true repentance and brought forth a child that built the temple of God. This is the God we serve. He is the Savior. He is the Redeemer. He redeems our failures. And in redeeming our failures He allows us to walk in the covenant dimension of the judicial. David found himself having lost the kingdom to his own son Absalom. Because he had repented of his failures, he could stand on the covenant of Sure Mercy to redeem those failures by praying judicially. He prayed Psalm 55:15, “Let death seize them; let them go down alive into hell. For wickedness is in their dwelling and among them.” True repentance empowered David to judge the betrayal he once committed. Because David prayed a judicial prayer, God honored it and his kingdom was restored! Judah and Jerusalem were given back to him and he finished his kingdom days. The covenant of Sure Mercy guarantees that we are given both the Priestly and the Kingly side. We have known for years the Priestly, but it is time to walk Kingly. The Priestly means saving but possessing the Kingly means judging the vile to stop the spread of evil. If we are willing to pray judicially over those politicians who are bent on destruction, then Kingly justice can come. Will we say yes to the covenant of Sure Mercy? Will we be willing to pray like David prayed? Will we regain our Jerusalem? Will Jesus be our Root and Fruit?