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Leading While Bleeding


No other man has embodied this life truth then King David.


He was a man after God’s own heart. David’s life was composed of two things. David was a man who knew to rejoice in God and remained strong on his journey to repentance and brokenness. David said,

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, 0 God, you will not despise." Psalm 51:17 (ESV) 

David had mastered the art of sincere repentance. David’s brokenness began at an early age. David was betrayed by his mentor, the then King Saul. The Bible says that Saul loved David. Yet Saul would later chase him to kill him. It was during this time when David would write,


"0 LORD my God, in you do I put my trust: save me from all them, that persecute me, and deliver me" Psalm 7:1.


Then came Kings David greatest sin, Bathsheba. He would impregnate his neighbor’s wife. Then to cover it up he would conspire a plot to murder her husband. Later the prophet Nathan would rebuked David for his sin. As punishment, David would lose the child that Bathsheba bore, and evil would rise from his own home. David would lay on the floor and wouldn’t eat for 7 days as his child laid sick. Then the child died. The Bible says,


So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. 2 Samuel 12:20


Later on in his life, he would flee from his own son Absalom. Absalom would betrayed his father for his lack of justice for his sister. She was raped by King David’s other son. David’s mistake would bring more pain, this time from his own home. He would later write in 2 Samuel 16:11 as he fed,


”My son, my own flesh and blood is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone: let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. Brokenness leads us to repentance."


No matter what you have done, or what someone has done to you. Always remember, you will never be forsaken when you turn your heart to God. As David said, 


"The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving." Psalm 28:7

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