Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the Lord God and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”
(1 Chronicles 22:1)
Out of David’s tragic mistake—taking a census—came the purchase of a plot of land that would become the site of God’s Temple, the symbol of God’s presence among his people. Every time the people would go to the Temple, they would remember that God was their true King and that everyone was fallible and subject to sin, including their human king.
God can use our sins for good purposes that will bring him glory. When we confess our sins to God and turn from them, repentance can become a great opportunity for God’s glory. Jesus said, “There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!” (Luke 15:7). Talk about glorifying God.
If you are cherishing a sin in your life, consider how repentance might bring great glory to God. Consider how it could become a turning point for you, those around you, and those who come after you. David’s repentance became an altar for remembering God’s grace. That altar became a Temple where people went to worship God. How could your repentance encourage others to worship God?