The readings this week look further into the life of David, from his highest point when he is finally crowned king, to one of his lowest; sleeping with Bathsheba and the killing Uriah, her husband.
* 2 Samuel 5-7
David had been chosen by God as a young man, but it wasn’t until he was thirty that he finally became king. He is remembered as one of the greatest kings in Israel because of his leadership style which reflected his commitment to God and his humble heart. We can learn so much about the way that David lived his life and led the people. If there were more leaders like David in our world today, what would that mean for us?
David was different in his approach to leadership. He sought God’s direction, inviting God to direct his paths, even when he became a very powerful man.
David also maintained an attitude of heart-felt worship, celebrating how awesome God had been to him and all that He had done in his life.
David’s leadership was so unique because of the humility that he showed. As we read in David’s prayer (7:18-29), he recognised that God was the reason behind his success and he knew that God had a big plan.
– How has God shaped your character through difficult cirumstances so that you like David have been able to follow Him on the other side?
– How is your worship and prayer life? Does it often feel dry? Try getting in touch with God, who never goes away and declaring all the incredible things about him.
*2 Samuel 11:1-12:25
After such praise of David in response to the previous passage, we see a completely different side to him in this one. We see him fall as his morals crumble in this well-known story of sexual temptation and poor judgement.
Considering all the other things we know about David from the stories that we have read, this man, who showed courage in defeating Goliath, a man of integrity and humility commits adultery, arranges murder and abuses his position of authority.
David’s story seems so stark because of the extremes between the highs and the lows, but in reality we all have the same pulls of sin on our lives! And its when we are trying to convince ourselves that it can’t catch us out, that it does! We are more likely to stumble after we’ve made spiritual progress, which is why being part of a Christian community where people can look out for one another and be held accountable is so important! Don’t kid yourselves, even really strong Christians have weaknesses and can fall spectacularly.
David however, when confronted by Nathan and told God’s message about his sin, he repented. Although it is painful we must admit our sin to God (and to sometimes to others) so that God can remove our burden and we can experience again his closeness.
– How do you react when you become aware of sin in your life?
– Do you have anyone you can be accountable to, so that you can be challenged about how you live and ensure a close relationship with God?
– Is there areas of temptation in your life that you need to pray into?