David's Reign 2

Today's Bible reading: 2 Samuel 7:11-29

Like all great people - and just like each and every one of us - David is also great in his sins.  The sad case of his murder of Uriah the Hittite to gain Bathsheba for himself is not glossed over in Scripture, but shared in full detail.  Yet out of this marriage comes the child Solomon, chosen by God to be king.  This later point is not immediately clear.  The question of succession actually begins with a note that David's first wife - Michael - is barren.  Later, however, it is not the lack of sons which causes the problem, but David's failure to designate an heir.  This is the context of Absalom's rebellion.  He is a vain and ambitious young man … but David does nothing to curb him.  Rivalry between his sons is allowed to continue because of the king’s weakness.

Yet, in the final analysis, David is a great man.  His sins may have been great, but so also was his trust in God, and the sincerity of his repentance – as we hear His words spoken in our psalm for this morning.  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Cast me not away from Your presence, and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.”  All later kings would be judged by the standard set by David.

Prayer: O Lord Jesus, You have revealed Yourself to us as true man and true God.  Make us truly thankful for Your mercy, and bless Your church forever. Amen.