This is a hard comparison for me because David is one of my favorite people in God’s Word. So many of the things he has written in the book of Psalms I have used in my prayers. Things like; Psalms 27:4 “One thing I have asked of the Lord , that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” Or Psalm 51:10 Oh LORD,” Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Or Psalm 84,”For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” Or how about Psalm 119:105,” Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Many of the Psalms are David’s prayers and my prayer life has grown immensely because of his words.
He has taught me that God is my mighty fortress, my strong tower, my shield and my rampart. David has taught me that I can run and find refuge under God’s mighty wings(Psalm 57:1).
David is a man after God’s own heart(2 Samuel 13:14). He was the king of the old testament that all other kings were stacked up against. Yet he was also a man that suffered from an addiction to lust. I mean he had 8 wives and 10 concubines and the things he did to obtain at least two of those wives point to this fact. And we are going to talk the circumstances surrounding David obtaining Bathsheba as a wife.
I know Bathsheba, Bathsheba, Bathsheba. But this is more about the relationship between Uriah the hittite and King David. Uriah is listed as one of the mighty men in 1 Chronicles 12. I believe that when David fled from King Saul and came to Nob and received the holy bread from Ahimelech that his mighty men were with him. And the Word points to this by Ahimelech stating,” I have no common bread on hand, but there is holy bread-if the young men have kept themselves from women.”(1 Samuel 21:4)
King Saul also made David a commander of a thousand in his army. I believe that this is where David met Uriah and the rest of his mighty men. So David went out and came in before the people. And he had great success in all He undertook(18:12-14).
Another time we see David with his men is in procuring the bridal price for Michal. Line 27 says that David rose and went with his men and killed two hundred Philistines. Again we see David with his men and Uriah was one of his them.
When David fled from King Saul and dwelled in the cave at Adullam his men were with him; Uriah was with him. They were together with whole Nabal debacle. They were a band of brothers, no they were the band of brothers. So the next part was not easy for David.
David’s addiction to lust and sex lead him to the brink. Yeah he slept with Bathsheba. Yeah she got pregnant. But the part where he played the Bully was trying to trick Uriah into submitting to his command and when he could no longer cover up the fruits of his yielding to his addiction. He had a brother killed. And Uriah’s death in David’s mind would cover it all up and everything would just be peachy. Which wasn’t the case and isn’t the case for us.
Like David when we give into sin we do things we will regret and the people closest to us can become hurt, or even worse the death of a relationship may happen. In the story of David and Uriah there was a person that was able to bring David back in the End. God
Prayer: Oh Father,I need you help, I need you to be my rock. Please continue the good work you started in me. In Jesus name, amen .