Written by Nancy Blackford

Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity.  I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord."  And You forgave the guilt of my sin.  Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while You may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them.  You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.  Psalm 32:5-7

I have been trying to memorize 1 Peter 3:10-12.  The message in this verse is the same as in Psalm 32:5-7 when David was writing about God’s forgiveness of his adulterous affair.  They both speak of keeping ourselves from evil and resting in the Lord.  Rest comes after exertion.  David rested after he confessed to the Lord.  Not that God didn’t know exactly what was happening and what was in David’s heart, but that David acknowledged what God already knew.  You get the sense David felt a huge flood of forgiveness and release following a very frank and probably graphic confession.

I think the corner of God’s mouth goes up when we confess in a very real way, “God, when she gave her ‘expert opinion’ again in small group, my comment was not to dispense Godly wisdom but to shut her up!”  That is a much better way to ask for forgiveness than sugar coating our actions or intentions. 

After David made his confession, he prayed for himself and God’s people to remain faithful and lean in on God’s protection and deliverance.  David found peace.  Bathsheba’s husband had been very devoted to David and followed his orders impeccably.  David took advantage of this by basically ordering his execution, ensuring nobody found out about his nights with Bathsheba and his longing to remain untarnished.  He even imagined how good he would look if he wed the widow and raised her son as his own. 

Once exposed by Nathan the prophet, David had to be the ridicule of the kingdom.  Satan knew God had a plan through David (even if he did not fully grasp what it was) and tried to see David destroyed by his own actions.  During the remainder of his reign, I imagine many people put less importance on his “spiritual instruction” as king.  Yet David had peace. 

One of the greatest ways we can participate in spiritual warfare is by confessing what we know is not pleasing to God, and then consistently standing under God’s wings and abiding in His love, direction and protection. That is it.  That is what David did.  He didn’t fight for his reputation, he didn’t devise a way to punish himself or make plans to do spectacular Godly things from then on out.  He just rested. We don’t have to fight.  The biggest way we can resist the destruction Satan craves for us is to just rest.  Memorize this:  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Exodus 14:14.

Family Application:  Standing firm and being still in the way you manage yourself and your family means you don’t clutter life with things that don’t matter.  Make it a practice to clear your conscious towards God and ask for His direction and guidance so that your spouse and family can depend on your steady faith.  You can live then in total freedom, no longer plagued by guilt, comparisons or compromises.   

Dear God, teach me to live my life in such a way that I reflect my total hope in You to my spouse and children.  Let them see my strength and peace in all things, which comes from leaning in and resting on You.  Let this be my defining characteristic.