In the Bible, God said King David was a man after His own heart except for the situation in which he committed adultery with the wife of one of his most dedicated warriors. And then had the warrior killed on the frontlines of a battle. A prophet came to David spoke a parable about a family’s well-loved lamb that was taken by a selfish rich person. The story angered David then the prophet Nathan told him the story related to him. Then David admitted the great sin of adultery he had committed.
David wrote many Psalms. He loved music. He played the harp and was a songwriter. The Bible calls songs Psalms. I imagine he was a man with big emotions. The best songwriters are like that. The songwriter and piano player Billy Joel is very famous. He once told how some of his greatest songs came from hard times he was working through. He took his emotions and put them into words and made a popular hit out of them.
I surely never want to fall into a trap of a great sin like David. His situation should be thoroughly studied to make us more aware of the temptation to sin. He wrote out his regrets and begged God to forgive him. And his descendents also committed adulterous type sins but in a greater capacity. I know I can do wrong. I just don’t want to have to work through harder times because in a moment of weakness, sin got the most of me. It is a great benefit to study every aspect of what David did so we don’t falter like him.
So, I cry out to God today.
I thank you that I’m hidden Christ. So is my family. We are aware that our enemy, the adversary of our soul wants to destroy us and our representation of the Gospel. Oh, God, protect us and in times of temptation we realize our enemy, and we submit to you and we resist the devil and he is FORCED to flee! Thank you ahead of time, Heavenly Father, victory is ours because greater is He who is in us, that is Jesus Christ our Lord!, than he who is in the world. Amen!
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God,
because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
blot out the stain of my sins.
2 Wash me clean from my guilt.
Purify me from my sin.
3 For I recognize my rebellion;
it haunts me day and night.
4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
and your judgment against me is just.[a]
5 For I was born a sinner—
yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.
6 But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
teaching me wisdom even there.
7 Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Oh, give me back my joy again;
you have broken me—
now let me rejoice.
9 Don’t keep looking at my sins.
Remove the stain of my guilt.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit[d] from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you.
13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels,
and they will return to you.
14 Forgive me for shedding blood, O God who saves;
then I will joyfully sing of your forgiveness.
15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
that my mouth may praise you.
16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
18 Look with favor on Zion and help her;
rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will be pleased with sacrifices offered in the right spirit—
with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings.
Then bulls will again be sacrificed on your altar.