Key Verse: “After removing Saul, He (God) made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22
King David is one of the most significant figures in the Old Testament and Jewish history. He is named in 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, and seventy-five psalms and throughout the New Testament. In 1 Samuel 16:11 we meet David as the youngest son, forgotten about and looking after sheep out in the field.” While Samuel and David’s own father was looking for someone who looked like a King, “The LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7). David is presented to us as someone who has the right heart for God to use.
David moves on the become a musician for King Saul. By chapter 17, still a not old enough to join the army, he has killed the giant Goliath and chased off the Philistine army. David became a great military leader, 1 Samuel 18:5 says, “Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.
The Saul becomes jealous of David and tries to kill him time after time. David is on more than one occasion given a chance to kill Saul, but refuse as he is the anointed of the LORD. (see 1 Samuel 24:6) I doubt many of us would have reacted the same to someone who was trying to kill us.
David eventually becomes king. Acts 13:22 says, “After removing Saul, He (God) made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
David was a great man used powerfully by God. He was a humble man submissive to authority. He was a great shepherd caring for others. Nevertheless, whenever we speak of David, we are also reminded of Bathsheba.
From his bedroom window, he catches a glimpse of Bathsheba, the wife Uriah the Hittite bathing on the roof (2 Samuel 11:1). David is overcome by lust, sleeps with her, and she becomes pregnant. David sets out on a plan to cover up his sin.
- Firstly, He tries to get Uriah to sleep with his wife, but he refuses while his men are in battle.
- Secondly, He tries to get Uriah drunk to change his mind, but again this fails.
- Finally, David sends him off to the front line of battle to be killed. This was nothing less than murder.
What a turnaround. David’s downward spiral took him from a man who refused the kill the man trying to kill him, to a man who kills to cover up his own sin. We would think this it would be the end for David. Could anyone fall any lower?
Here we see God’s grace again to us. God send Nathan to speak to David about his sin. David responded in repentance. 2 Samuel 12:13 says, “Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.”
How we deal with our sin has a direct influence on how God can use us. We can either act like David first did, by trying to cover our sins while drift further and further into sin, or we can turn in repentance to God who “is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
If you’re in a backsliding state today, God is graciously giving you the chance to turn to him in repentance. Please don’t waste this day of grace.