We come to that extremely sad part of David’s life. Up until this point, David seems to have genuinely had a heart to follow and please the Lord. In one moment, his life would be forever changed.
A split decision can have far reaching consequences that can last for years. David learned this the hard way. He made one bad mistake, which lead to another, and another. In the end, the cost of his sin was more than he could bear. David preferred death than that weight of the consequences of his sin.
The boney finger of Nathan would haunt David for the rest of his life. The prophet had confronted David about his sin with Bathsheba, and killing Uriah. The parable of the little ewe lamb was so vivid that David hotly passed judgment on himself. David told Nathan that the man who killed the ewe lamb should die, and repay the owner fourfold. Nathan told David, “Thou are the man!”. David’s life would be spared, but the fourfold judgment awaited him.
These Judgments seem to get worse and worse as they went along. The first was the death of his child. Then his beautiful virgin daughter Tamar was raped. Third, Amnon was killed. And finally, Absalom attempted a coo and was killed. The anguish David expressed over Absalom at his death was the culmination of all the grief these judgments had brought. Sin cost him so much more than he ever thought he was going to pay.
After the confrontation by Nathan, David did finally repent. We read this telling repentance in Psalm 51. The thing I hate about David’s failure is that he kept digging the hole deeper. The thing I love is the lessons that can be learned from it.
David was unrepentant and going further and further into sin, until he was confronted by preaching. One of the most amazing lessons from the life of David is the ability preaching has to persuade us of sin, and encourage us to repentance. The most compassionate thing God ever did in the life of David was sending Nathan the prophet his way to call him out on his sin.
Maybe today you are engrossed in sin. Maybe your life right now has been a series of bad choices… on right after the other. I want you to understand that there are great consequences for sin… but there is also great mercy from God. If I could be your Nathan today, and point my boney finger toward you and say, “thou art the man!”
You are right now the result of your choices. How have you come out? David made a series of bad choices over a short time, and really it defined the latter half of his life. When you think of David you often think of two stories… Goliath and Bathsheba.
If you are in sin today, STOP! I am going to call you out on it… IT WILL COST YOU! You will reap what you have sown, and I promise you will not like the fruit. The end result of sin is death. Sin does nothing but corrupt and destroy. Galatians calls them the WORKS of the flesh, because they cost so much.
I’m sure David relived that night on the roof over and over and over again. He had contemplated… what if? When he held his dead baby I’m sure he thought, “it wasn’t worth it!” When his beautiful virgin daughter ran to him brother and destroyed he thought, “what have I done”. When Amnon was slaughtered by his brother, he thought… that was not worth it. And when Absalom was corrupting his kingdom and finally killed, David moaned, “Oh Absalom, Oh Absalom, MY SON ABSALOM!” The cost was more than he ever thought it would be.
Your sin will cost you much…. STOP TODAY. You will reap what you have sown, but you can stop sowing! Read Psalm 51 as a prayer to God of repentance. Turn from wrong, and beg for mercy and grace from your Heavenly Father. Repent today, and don’t live in sin any longer.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Samuel 8 - 12
2 Samuel 12:24
“And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.”