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King David was a man of great
contradictions. He was a hard working man who was equally comfortable playing
a musical instrument or fighting in a war. He was a tender-hearted poet,
with musical talents that could soothe the souls of his listeners. He was
a "man after God's own heart"-- a spiritual man.
Don't think that David was
a softie. He was a warrior without peer. The people said of him: "Saul
has killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands." Even the smallest
child in our Sunday School could tell the story of David defeating the
David was a strong man--a
leader of men, a man that anyone would feel safe walking beside. David
was a spiritual man who penned many beautiful psalms that were sung in
his day and read in our day. Yet, David had a severe moral lapse.
It was the time of year when
Kings lead their troops to war, but David was no where to be found. Instead
of assuming his leadership role, he lingered around the palace. While walking
around the palace roof, he spotted a beautiful woman taking a bath. Instead
of turning his head and walking away, he stayed and watched.
Later, he sent for her and
consummated his sin with her in the palace. She became pregnant. His sin
found him out. He tried to cover up his sin, but to no avail. Ultimately,
his sin lead to murder.
His sin began with him being
in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why wasn't he at work where he belonged?
Why didn't he run when he was tempted? Why didn't he show self control
and remain righteous.
This sin became a defining
moment in his life. It is too bad that he didn't finish as strong as he
started. He could defeat countless Philistines in battle, but was overcome
by the seduction of a single woman.
What safe guards are to taking
to assure that you remain faithful to God? Are you accountable to anyone?
What are you doing to make sure you are not in the wrong place at the wrong