1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:12, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:13-25
When we find ourselves shrinking from a responsibility we must question our heart.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119:5-6 - Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.
Read - 1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:12, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:13-25
Kings normally went to war in the spring for many reasons. They led in this way. David stayed home. When we stop doing what we normally do, that is a great time to do some soul-searching to ask why. It may be that we stop for very good reasons. However, like David, it could be that we are stopping to get a look at something that we have zero business looking at. Sin awaited David’s change in behavior.
The sin of adultery with Bathsheba was bad enough. However, David allowed one sin to lead to another in having Uriah (one of his mighty men) killed to cover up his first sin. The more dirt you throw on sin the bigger hole you dig to fall into.
Psalm 51 is a heartfelt cry of repentance from a king who had fallen from a high point of obedience to a low point of sin. May we always be sensitive to God’s convicting Spirit to guide us back to Him if we fall!
Lord, I want to stop the vicious cycle of repetitive and compounding sin so that I may live in your grace and righteousness.
Uriah had been one of David’s Mighty Men so when you read other accounts of these warriors you can know that he was one of them.
Nathan the prophet uses a story to bring David back to the knowledge of God. He had been misled by the enemy and had fallen away from his true love - God. This effected how he spent his time. Instead of battling the enemy and leading the people, he was skulking and seeking ways to cover up his sin. Rather than obediently serving God he was being led away by a deceiving and dividing enemy who wished for no less than to destroy him.