“You answered them, O Lord our God; You were to them God-Who-Forgives, though You took vengeance on their deeds.”
David experienced the law of the harvest. David reaped the same thing he planted. He found out that he reaped more than he realized he planted. He found out that he reaped later than he planted. And he found out that he reaped it all because he was the guy who put it into motion. He was the guy who implemented the plan.
Now, God had forgiven David of his sin. That brings up a real question. Why didn’t God just cancel out the law of the harvest? That is not the way God has made the world work. When God forgives, the law of the harvest goes right on. This is crucial for us to understand. We can be forgiven by God for eternity and still face the ramifications of our decisions in this life. Our sin does have natural consequences outside of our separation from God. There are many people who think they can sow their wild oats and then pray for crop failure. But that’s not the way it works. The law of the harvest goes right on.
Think back on a time in your life where you dealt with earthly consequences of your sin, even if God forgave you and took away your eternal consequences. Thank God for His forgiveness and ask Him to help you to have a renewed perspective on the seriousness of sin.