Sermon Snap Shot October 22, 2017

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Sermon Snap Shot October 22, 2017

Long before David was King, he was the youngest and least impressive of Jesse’s eight sons. And yet, it was God’s plan that he be the one anointed king. This young man…the one who had displayed such great faith in his defeat of Goliath…the one who was described as being a “man after God’s own heart”…he would become king.
Wouldn’t it be nice if this were the extent of David’s resume? But, of course, tragically, it’s not.
David had the same problem that afflicts many men as they rise to power, prominence and authority. Men in business, politics, entertainment – even in the church. They begin to believe that there are two sets of rules, one for the masses and one for them. What’s the saying? “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
And I don’t need to recap David’s fall – we’ve watched that same movie play itself out over and over again throughout history, even in our most recent news cycles. In the end, David breaks at least five of the ten commandments in his lust, in his thirst, in his quest to have whatever he laid his eyes on. Lives were ruined. At least one person is killed. David and the nation of Israel were changed forever.
But into the scene comes the prophet Nathan (begs the question, who are the prophets in our own day – those in a position to speak truth to power?). With Nathan’s prodding, David realizes all the chaos he’s created, all the pain and suffering that remains in the wake of his irresponsible, selfish actions. Remorsefully, he cries out,
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
From Sunday, October 22 message based on Psalm 51, “A Songbook for All Seasons: For a Season of New Birth”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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