All has gone so well. Evidently, though, there is such a thing as “too well” for our hearts. “Too well” might mean too much success, leisure, peace and quiet, fame or wealth. David had all of those. True, he should have enjoyed each as God’s rich gift; but somewhere his heart grabbed them for his own selfish enjoyment, and started on its dark course of self-gratification. When the battles are done and the work is over, and we crave for our rewards, then we are at our most vulnerable. David certainly was.
He took a woman. He knew that the women bathed on their secluded rooftops. His eyes didn’t just wander, they were searching. And they found. Like Adam and Eve, he took the forbidden fruit (vv.1-5), because he refused to believe that God had given him enough.
He took a life. Her husband must be hurried (unwittingly) into bed with her, to be tricked into thinking the conceived child was his. When that fails, he must be eliminated (vv.6-24). His plan worked, and took a life.
He took the greatest risk. He gambles that he can cover up his multiple sins, and let them lie as hidden as his own conscience. He wants others to sleep as easy as he did, as his plans unfolded. He gambles that God would not notice (vv.25-27). Some odds are always too long.
Idolater, adulterer, blasphemer, liar, thief, murderer, and on, and on. “The thing that David had done displeased the Lord” (v.27). Our sins do the same. They are never hidden, never overlooked. Like David’s, they need blood sacrifice for forgiveness.
A Prayer to Pray
Lord God, how near the cliff-edge of sin’s destruction I walk. Open my eyes, Lord, and show me my danger. Grab me while there’s time. Teach me the fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom. Please, Lord. Amen.