Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 22.21-30
2 Samuel 22:21-30
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness;
According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.
“For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
And have not acted wickedly against my God.
“For all His ordinances were before me,
And as for His statutes, I did not depart from them.
“I was also blameless toward Him,
And I kept myself from my iniquity.
“Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness before His eyes.
“With the kind You show Yourself kind,
With the blameless You show Yourself blameless;
With the pure You show Yourself pure,
And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.
“And You save an afflicted people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty whom You abase.
“For You are my lamp, O Lord;
And the Lord illumines my darkness.
“For by You I can run upon a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
We saw yesterday in this song of David how God delivered him from the valleys of life time after time. Today’s passage touches on why God did it. David sings how God rewarded him according to “my righteousness” and “the cleanness of my hands”. This is quite a boast considering what we know about David’s moral failings, in particular the sordid tale of Bathsheba and Uriah. So how do we reconcile David’s seemingly prideful claims of blamelessness in these verses with what we know about his life?
Perhaps David simply believed the Prophet Nathan when he told him, “The Lord also has taken away your sin…” after David had confessed his sin against the Lord in 2 Samuel 12:13. David knew his hands were clean not because they had never been dirty (they certainly had!), but because God had cleansed them (1 John 1:9).
Are you comfortable singing about your own righteousness? It may seem like a prideful thing for a Christian to do; but if you have confessed your sins and trusted in Christ, you can sing the way David did. The perfect righteousness of Christ in you (2 Corinthians 5:21) because of what He has done.
Are you still carrying past sin or worried that you’re not good enough? It’s time to accept your heart transplant. For true believers, the exchange is real. Your hands are clean. Confess and then sing boldly today before the Lord. Be strong in His might! (Ephesians 6:10)
Weekly Memory Verse: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3