Admit It’s Wrong

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.

Psalm 51:3-4, NLT

DevotionalsThese words were written by King David after he had been confronted for his adultery with another man’s wife.  Many times when our sexual misbehavior becomes known to others, we feel embarrassed and remorseful for the pain we have caused others.  Though we hope for our friends and family to show us mercy and have compassion on us, deep inside we still don’t recognize our behavior as being wrong.

Many of us simply wait for time to pass and the normal routine to return.  Then we try to find a way to behave sexually in the same manner that had been embarrassing and caused our friends and family grief.  Only this time, we try to develop a better way of hiding our sexual misbehavior.

Focus on what is right in God’s sight when it comes to sexual behavior.  Sex between a man and woman who are married is by God’s design.  Any form of sexual behavior outside of this is not in God’s plan for sexual expression.

David acknowledged that his adultery was rebellion against God’s plan for sex.  He also stated that his behavior was evil.  The Evil One wants to steal, kill, and destroy.  Sexual misbehavior steals, kills, and destroys lives and marriages.

If you have been acting out sexually in a negative manner, admit the behavior is wrong.  Then  focus on behaving in the right way–A God honoring and pleasing way.

Be Where You Should Be

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.

Psalm 51:1-2, NLT

DevotionalsKing David, the same guy who killed Goliath with a sling shot when he was a boy, chose to stay in his palace when his army was out fighting a battle.  During these times, the King’s place was to be with his army not back at the palace, but David chose to be somewhere he shouldn’t have been.

He saw a beautiful married woman taking a bath on a rooftop and immediately started thinking about having sex with her.  So being the King, he had her brought to his bedroom.  That evening she became pregnant and when the pregnancy became known, he tried to cover up his wrongdoing with a couple of schemes but ultimately organized things so her husband was killed.

David was no different than us.  Many times we’ve been where we shouldn’t be and we end up behaving in a way that is not pleasing to God.  If our behavior became public we would be embarrassed and others would be hurt.  Chances are we would also try to cover it up.

David wrote these words in Psalm 51 after his adultery with Bathsheba was pointed out to him by a man of God.  He cries out for mercy and compassion but he does not stop there, he asks God to take away his guilt.  How many times have you cried out to God similar prayers for mercy and compassion.

God does have great love for us and he does offer mercy and compassion.  However, how nice is it when we are not having to cry out for his mercy and compassion for something we know we shouldn’t have done.

Today focus on being where you should be and if by chance you see a beautiful woman taking a bath on a rooftop who is not your wife, run as fast as you can toward God and to a friend who will help you stand strong in the face of temptation.