The past couple of days I’ve looked at Godly men that seem to not take their eyes off God. They stand firm in the faith no matter what the circumstances.
Though men like that exist I think they are not as populous as those that fall to temptation and failure.
One great example is that man after God’s own heart – David.
David’s early years were spent in solitude of the hills around Bethlehem tending his father’s sheep.
The hour’s drag by slowly while the flock is safely grazing on some hillside or meadow. To pass the time the youngster probably sharpened his skills with a sling, practiced playing his harp and making up songs.
There was also plenty of time to pray and seek God in all that solitude.
This is the lad with the faith to face a giant. He told King Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Sam 17:34-37
And God did!
And God gave David the throne of Israel.
And God gave David a wife but He did not give him another man’s wife and this was the ugly ungodliness of David.
He did not stand strong in the faith as is read of Daniel.
He did not keep speaking the word of God as did Jeremiah.
He sinned as David.
He also repented as David and put his wilderness skills to use – the harp and lyrics.
Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins.
Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night.
Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.
For I was born a sinner—yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice.
Don’t keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt.
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.
Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves; then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
Unseal my lips, O Lord, that my mouth may praise you.
You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one. You do not want a burnt offering.
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Look with favor on Zion and help her; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings .Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.
Godly men recognize their mistakes and sin, repent, and then praise and worship God!