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In Shakespeare's play Hamlet, Hamlet says these words, the play is the thing. We're in our capture the conscience of the king. A story whether told in the form of a play, or face to face is powerful. And this was a story told by the prophet Nathan that captured the heart and conscience of King David.
The story was of a rich man's cruel treatment of a poor man. The rich man broke trust, took what wasn't his,conspired, killed, covered it up. All these things were part of Nathan's story. And all these things exposed what David had done, he broke trust with his servant Uriah, taking what wasn't his. And then he conspired and killed and attempted to cover it up. Nathan's story exposed David's heart, not only to those listening, but more importantly to David himself. He saw his cruelty. He saw his adultery and his murder. He saw it all. And he knew that he had sinned.
He had despised the word of the Lord. That's what we're told here repeatedly in this story. God's Word in this moment, is not just some written dictation found in a book, some rule that he ran afoul of God's Word in this moment is God's presence, his anointing, his blessing, David behaved as if he were separate from God. David despised his union with God. David knew of this anointing, this union, and yet he cast it aside as if it were nothing. And he indulged himself in lust, and murder. When we despise the union we have with God we are capable of great cruelty. But this story shows us that even though we can deny and despise our union with God, God will not despise or deny us. He will discipline us. But his discipline is not retributive, it is restorative. He will not abandon or reject us. No, he sends a prophet to restore us. That's what Psalm 51 is all about. We hear David crying out, that God would restore his heart and make him new. Even though we despise His word. His discipline and even his wrath is a work of restoration. Where God draws us back to himself. Let God's word, restore, renew and heal you. You may have denied your union with God. But God has not denied his union with you. He has sent His Word to restore you and make you whole. And the prayer of my own heart today is that I will know my union with God, that I live out of this union that makes me whole. That's the prayer that I have for my family for my wife, my daughters, and my son. And that's the prayer that I have for you. May it be so
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