King David was a great man. He wrote many of the Psalms, was a leader of men, and God testified of him, “…I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill my will.” But David had a darker side. This week we will be looking at the circumstances that led up to David writing Psalm 51. Verses 10, 12, and 13 make up this week’s Scripture song.
Today we will look at David’s Sin (2 Samuel 11:1-27), Wednesday, David’s Sin Revealed (2 Samuel 12:1-13), Thursday, David’s Repentance (Psalm 51:1-12), and Friday, David’s Changed Focus (Psalm 51:13-19).
What happened to David can happen to any of us. We must be aware and vigilant to resist the Devil’s attacks.
DAVID’S SIN (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
Lust of the eyes (1-2)
“…from the roof he saw a woman washing herself;…”
Lust of the flesh (3-5)
“And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child.”
The cover-up Uriah the righteous man (6-13)
“And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.” (11)
The death of Uriah (14-17)
“And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.” (17)
Report to David (18-25)
Bathsheba mourns (26)
David takes Bathsheba as his wife (27) Displeased the Lord
David’s problem began when he failed to be where God wanted him. He was the King and should have been with his men at the battle. If he was there, NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED.
What happens next began in the Garden of Eden and we are susceptible to Satan’s temptation today. We see something, covet it, and take it. Then we must cover our tracks. However, God sees everything. Proverbs 15:3 states, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” So we will be found out. And as we will see later in the week, sin has consequences.
If you are supposed to be at a particular place, for the service of God, be there. Satan wants to distract you from anything to do with God. When he does then he can tempt you to do evil.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001