As I mentioned on Sunday, one of the difficulties with this passage is that it is so hard to see ourselves in David’s actions. We’re not a king who skips doing our job, we’re not a king who takes another man’s wife, and we’re not a king who kills that man to get the wife! So what does this passage have to do with us??
I made three observations:
(1) like David, there are things we don’t do, that we should do (David failed to honor his responsibilities as king: how do we fail our responsibilities in Micah 6:8 to do justice, love mercy and walk humble with our God?) What are our sins of omission that we need to repent of?
(2) Like David, there are things we do that we shouldn’t do (David takes advantage of his position, David takes his pleasure, and David takes Uriah’s life)… and
(3) Like David, there is something we must do:repent, and say with David, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
Some other thoughts:
- God clearly judges David, and even though David is forgiven because of his repentance, and his desire for a ‘clean heart’ (Psalm 51), God’s judgment still stands. David’s next years are full of conflict that is brought about because of his actions at this time. Forgiveness doesn’t eliminate consequences, and sometimes the consequences of our sins affect those near and dear to us. How do we cope with that?
- What do we learn about the holiness and heart of God within this story?
- I like Oswald Chamber’s comment on the front of the bulletin: “Am I becoming more and more in love with God as a holy God, or with the conception of an amiable being who says, “Oh, well, sin doesn’t matter much.”?” — What do you think about this?
- If you could ask David at the end of his life some advice about temptation and sin, what do you think he would say?
- Here is a thought from one of the accessory materials for the Story: If you have a person or two in your life who are mature in faith and who really care about you, consider meeting with them and giving them permission to speak truth into your life at any time. Invite them to share what they see if they see anything that concerns them… and promise you will seek to prayerfully listen to and receive their words, even if those words are difficult. Such folks are often called ‘accountability partners,’ and if there are any particular issues you are really struggling with right now, perhaps you need to seek some out, to share the struggle, and have them pray for you, and regularly ask how you are doing to hold you accountable.
We are all David; we all have sins of commission and omission! May some reflection on these words in God’s story help our stories become more righteous, godly, just, merciful and humble.
What are your thoughts?