“But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people. And David said to the Lord, ‘I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of your servant, for I have done very foolishly.’” 2 Samuel 24:10
As the book of 2 Samuel closes we are reminded of the ups and downs of David. There were great victories and tragic sins. Through it all David illustrates a rejoicing heart or a repentant heart. After taking the census David feels strong conviction in his heart. Once convicted we all have the option of confessing our mistake, justifying it or hardening our heart and denying it. David chose to say he sinned greatly and acted foolishly. The next time the Holy Spirit convicts your heart of sin, choose to admit your wrongdoing and seek God’s mercy. Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. His love not only removes our sin but transforms us over time to reflect His glory. It all starts with humbling ourselves to confess our sins. As we do that God will create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit.