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“Let the Righteous Smite Me” [podcast]

“The LORD sent Nathan unto David”

Nathan was on mission from the LORD. Why did God send Nathan to David? Remember how the LORD sent Nathan to correct David after David had sinned? Did the LORD do such to destroy or to restore David? Restore. Memorize Luke 9:56 and John 3:17.

“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David…” 2 Samuel  12:1

“The Lord sent – When the ordinary means did not awaken David to repentance, God takes an extraordinary course. Thus the merciful God pities and prevents him who had so horribly forsaken God. He said – He prudently ushers in his reproof with a parable, after the manner of the eastern nations, that so he might surprise David, and cause him unawares to give sentence against himself.” John Wesley

“2 Samuel 12:1-14: THOU ART THE MAN
A year followed on his sin, but David gave no sign. He describes his condition during that awful time in Psa. 32:3-4. Conscience scourged him incessantly, but he did not return to God until Nathan had been sent to fetch him. The Good Shepherd went after that which was lost until he found it. “He restoreth my soul!” But soul-agony is not enough, keen though it be; there must be confession.

Nathan’s parable was the mirror in which the true enormity of the king’s sin was held up to his face. He was judged, and he judged himself. By the manifestation of the truth, Nathan commended himself to the king’s conscience, as in the sight of God. And finally came the home-thrust-Thou art the man. The words of confession were immediate and deeply sincere. There was no thought of the human wrongs he had done. All were included in the great sin against God. “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned.” And the confession was met, as it always is, by an instant assurance of pardon-“The Lord… hath put away thy sin.” FB Meyer

The enormity of his sin was now made real to David and he cried out to the LORD for mercy, knowing and declaring openly that his sin was first and foremost against God who is holy, and then toward man.

“Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.” Psalms 51:4

Read Psalms 32 and 51.

“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” Psalms 38:18

Wow! Can we begin to imagine just how great a reward awaits our brother Nathan for being obedient to our LORD, for being instrumental in restoring the very “sweet psalmist of Israel” whom the LORD later called “a man after mine own heart”? (Read 2 Samuel 23:1; Acts 13:22.)

Remember this? – “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).

“What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.” Acts 10:15

David experienced the devastation of sin. In his season of darkness, of gross sinning, the LORD was gracious (Psalms 86:5, 15). He sent His prophet, His servant Nathan to bring a parable of rebuke to the “sweet psalmist of Israel” … whereby David was forgiven and restored.

Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” Psalms 141:5

Notice David’s prayer. Can we imagine how much depth of meaning were in his words? David knew on a firsthand basis the restorative blessing involved in being rebuked by the righteous. When he penned the words above, he was sitting pretty with the LORD and was in perfect communion with Him, in contrast to his former state of complete separation from the LORD until Nathan was sent by God to rebuke and bring restoration to David’s life.

When the LORD allows us to be rebuked, corrected, it’s “a kindness … an excellent oil” that wounds us to life. It’s the loving corrective action of our heavenly Father to ensure our place with Him eternally. He sees all, including the future.


5  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 for whom the Lord loveth he  chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.  12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;” Hebrews 12:5-12


Finding favor after rebuking a wise, a teachable man:

“He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.” Proverbs 28:23


In contrast, reaping shame after rebuking a rebel scorner:

“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.” Proverbs 9:7

Unrepentant scorners hate those who dare attempt to correct them in their sin (John 3:19-21). Wise men love those who correct them. It’s a heart posture. The blessings of being a humble teachable, correctable servant of Christ are mountainous. Check this out:

“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. 11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. 12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.” Proverbs 9:8-12

Teachability and pliability are characteristics of those who fear God.

“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5

“The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth (remains) among the wise. 32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 15:31-33

PRAYER: Holy Father, I come to You in the name of my LORD Jesus, asking You to forgive all my sins right this moment. Against Thee alone have I sinned and done evil. Please grant my heart to be an heart of flesh. Remove all stony places and cause me to be humble, contrite, and teachable, correctable as was Your beloved David. Let it be said of me by Thee that I am a man after Your heart. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

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