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  • Eric Kampmann

A Sinner Like You And Me

See Psalm 42:11

When we think of King David, we often think of the great warrior king who dispatched enemies near and far and who united two kingdoms and succeeded beyond measure.

But David was more than a powerful political figure; he was the poet king, a composer of songs who could search the deepest depths of the human heart. It is through his songs that we discover the man behind the crown. And to our surprise we find a man with the same fears, guilt, doubts, and anxieties of ordinary men. This is not what we might have expected.

He asks, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” David, the king, the anointed one of God, the slayer of giants and the builder of cities and kingdoms, has a heart very much like yours and mine. For David is a sinner who turns away from God at the very pinnacle of his earthly powers; he forsakes God for a momentary temptation; but God does not forsake him. He receives forgiveness from the Lord, and he is restored to a new life by the grace of God. He is then freed to “teach transgressors your ways” (Psalm 51:13) and help sinners turn back to the Lord. “Put your hope in God,” he says, “for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

—Eric Kampmann, Signposts

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