Daily Archives: September 13, 2010

2 Samuel 8, 9; 2 Corinthians 2; Ezekiel 16; Psalms 56, 57

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“The Lord gave David victory wherever he went” ~ 2 Samuel 8: 6
“The Lord gave David victory wherever he went” ~ 2Samuel 8: 14
David restores Mephilbosheth’s (Jonathan’s son) land and all that belonged to Saul and invites him to dine at his table. ~ 2 Samuel 9: 7

WOW!  What a guy; what a king!

When reading these chapters in 2 Samuel, I am struck by how high David had risen.  I then thought what if “The Lord gave Kathleen victory wherever she went”.  How amazing and how unbelievable!  How would I feel?

I then thought of how in 2 Samuel 11, just 2 chapters away, is the story of David and Bathsheba.  Those headlines would read something like this:

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David commits adultery ~ 2 Samuel 11: 4
David fathers a child with Bathsheba ~ 2 Samuel 11: 5
David deceives Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) ~2 Samuel 11: 12
David orchestrates the death of Uriah ~2 Samuel 11: 15

How did David fall so far in such a short period of time?  This story has always been a cautionary tale to me.  It’s a reminder to me and to everyone that it is possible for us to fall away and do unimaginable things.  I pride myself in my ability to predict a story whether it be a movie or a book that I am reading and I am usually correct.  I would have never predicted this story. 

I think that the key to understanding how David fell lies in the first sentence in chapter 11, “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army.”  David had risen so high (“The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”) , so he believed that he didn’t need to do his job.  He was filled with pride.  Because of that pride he was in the wrong place at the wrong time (“From the roof he saw a woman bathing”~ 2 Samuel 11: 2).  David’s pride sends him down a path that is unimaginable; unpredictable.  We know from reading more of 2 Samuel and many Psalms that David is “found out” and then moves to repentance.  God corrects David and bestows unimaginable grace upon him as well.  In my life, I have also allowed pride to send me down a path that I would never have thought I would have taken.  And like David I was “found out”, repented and experienced unbelievable grace and healing.  While this story of David’s life is a cautionary tale, it is also evidence of our awesome God’s unbelievable grace and mercy for those who love, repent and seek Him.

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“For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over the earth.” ~ Psalm 57: 10-11

Amen

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