Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. –Psalm 51:1 NLT
Throughout the Bible stories about King David, we see a brave, warrior-king whom God refers to as a man after His own heart. However, the story of David and Bathsheba in 2 Samuel shows David’s flaws as well as his virtues. Bathsheba was married to one of David’s loyal soldiers named Uriah.
King David sees Bathsheba on the rooftop bathing. His lust overtakes him, and He sends for her. She becomes pregnant as a result. David wants to cover up his adultery, so he urges Uriah to leave his battle post and return home to his wife. Uriah refuses to abandon the Israelite army.
So, David arranges for him to be put on the front lines unprotected, and he is killed in combat. David marries Bathsheba, but the prophet Nathan pronounces judgment from God on David’s actions; and as a consequence of David’s sinfulness, the child dies.
We all fall short and struggle with sin in our humanness. God loved David, and God loves us. He always is a forgiving Father, but there will still be consequences for our sinful choices. David’s faith was tested, and he failed. Yet, he sought the Lord’s forgiveness and received it. We can learn from David—a contrite heart is what God is looking for.
- God is a generous, forgiving Father who waits for you to ask for forgiveness.
- Thank God that you can bring your sins before Him and know you will receive mercy and grace.