Are You a Nathan?

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

This is the beginning to a very well-known passage of Scripture that shows mighty King David’s humanity and humility. The prophet Nathan confronted and exposed David’s lies and adultery. Would he have confessed his sins were it not for Nathan’s proclamation? Who knows. The point is that the sin seemed to be buried deep within until a man of God questioned him on it.

Then the tears flowed. And the confessions poured out.

But it took a man of God to “speak truth to power.” As king, David could have had Nathan killed for what he said to David. Nathan must have known that but confronted the king anyhow.

Bold men and women of God are rare in our society but they are certainly needed to expose the sin and depravity we see all around us.

Are you a Nathan? Do you know a Nathan? If so, then pray for that person because the message they are hearing from God could be detrimental to their health if they are not actually hearing from God. Pray that a thousand other Nathans are raised up for each generation.

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