Lesson 6: Uriah – Faith of a Foreigner
Love and loyalty are hard to comprehend when exhibited in their truest form. The difference between David and Uriah was simply a matter of the condition of the heart. Being faithful, being loyal – demands a pure commitment to the Master. Many of us find ourselves being David, and may even stumble to keep up with patching up our nasty secrets. Tonight our prayer is found in scripture:
1-3Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
my sins are staring me down.
4-6 You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
I’ll let loose with your praise.
16-17 Going through the motions doesn’t please you,
a flawless performance is nothing to you.
I learned God-worship
when my pride was shattered.
Heart-shattered lives ready for love
don’t for a moment escape God’s notice.
18-19 Make Zion the place you delight in,
repair Jerusalem’s broken-down walls.
Then you’ll get real worship from us,
acts of worship small and large,
Including all the bulls
they can heave onto your altar!
– Psalm 51 (The Message)
But don’t try to pray this prayer without a sincere heart. Whether the Uriah you take out knows the secrets of your heart or not, God knows.
Uriah was the good guy. David was the bad guy. In this story, the good guy dies and doesn’t even know why. Being faithful doesn’t always end in success. Doing the right thing doesn’t always go the right way. Sometimes the bad guy ends up with the plateful of blessing, and the good guy waits in desperation for a breadcrumb. So, why be good – why be faithful – when the king you serve may have you killed?
Perhaps being the Uriah despite certain death is the preferable choice after all. There’s nothing more refreshing than a clean heart. If you’re struggling on the fence between being a David or being the Uriah – consider the peace of a clear conscience over the madness of a guilty mind.