Recently I wrote a post about King David, The Secret Behind King David’s Fame. It recounts the favor and blessing on David’s life from listening and obeying the word of God. But like us, he was a mere human and thus made mistakes.
In 1 Samuel 13:14, God describes David as a man after his own heart. Wow. That is a pretty good compliment to receive from God. It leads you to believe this guy was nearly perfect! But what’s interesting is…he wasn’t. Not even close. After digging into the Bible and actually learning more about his life, he made quite a few mistakes and even broke a few commandments. Yet God looked at David and said he is a man after His own heart. Why? Let’s dig into this a bit further.
Recap: What Did David Do? – The Mistakes
After David was made King of Israel, it’s expected that as the king he would lead the nation when they go into battle. Instead of doing this, David stayed back in Jerusalem while the Israelite army went out to fight the Ammonites (2 Samuel 11:1).
While in Jerusalem, he had an affair with one of his soldiers’ wives, Bathsheba, and she became pregnant (2 Samuel 11:2-5).
In an attempt to cover up the affair, David sent Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah the Hittite, from battle and back to Jerusalem. David’s intention was for Uriah to sleep with Bathsheba, so he would assume the baby was his…and not David’s. Uriah did come to Jerusalem, but he refused to sleep in his home. He claimed he couldn’t enjoy himself, knowing the rest of Israel’s army are camping and sleeping in fields (2 Samuel 11:6-11). Uriah the Hittite sounds like a pretty honorable guy.
After his cover up attempt failed, King David sent Uriah back to battle. David commanded that Uriah be put on the front line and abandoned, so he would be killed by the Ammonites (2 Samuel 11:14-15).
After Uriah’s death, David took Bathsheba as his wife, and she gave birth to their son (2 Samuel 11:26-27). This does NOT sound like the type of guy I want to look up to.
Chapter 11 concludes with,
God’s Disappointment in King David
In 2 Samuel 12:8-9 God says to David,
The way God speaks to David says volumes about the type of God we serve. He sounds like such a loving Father, who is deeply hurt and disappointed by his son. God says, “I have given you everything. And if that wasn’t enough? I would have given you even more! How could you do this?”.
When I was a teenager, I remember friends saying that when they did something they knew to be wrong, the hardest thing to hear was that their parents were disappointed in them. They would have actually preferred to be yelled at. Something about knowing we have let down our parents, who love us and want the best for us, can cut deeper than anger and rage.
In Psalm 145:8, the bible says,
What I take away after reading about David’s life and mistakes is that no matter how much we sin or rebel against God, He still loves us. He is slow to anger, and rich in love. He wants the best for us. He wants to give us the desires of our hearts.
Despite God’s love for us, like a parent punishes their child, God did punish David for his sin. I’ll pick this up with next week’s faith post about David’s punishment, and God’s all redeeming grace. 🙂
Over to you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!