2 Samuel 11:27b But the LORD was displeased with what David had done.
I am sure we all know the story of David and Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite who was a soldier in David's army.
During the spring of the year in the time of battle, David sent forth his men to fight while he stayed behind.
Normally, the King would accompany his army to battle, but this particular day David chose not to, but instead chose to take a walk on the roof of his palace to view the city.
In his view of the city, David noticed a woman bathing. David then sends his men to inquire as to who she was and was told that she was the daughter of Eliam an the wife of Uriah the Hittite.
Having received full knowledge that this woman was the wife of one of his soldiers, David sent for her anyway.
Oh, don't forget that he was the king who had all power over Israel at that time, so he thought.
Being caught up and overtaken by his flesh, satan used the opportunity to deceive David into thinking that he could do whatever he pleased in secret, including taking another man's wife and sleepimg with her.
Without ever thinking about who he was as a man of God, the King of Israel nor the consequences and damage his decision would bring to all parties involved, David moved forward with his deceitful and adulterous, covert operation in taking Uriah's wife as his own and going to bed with her.
Having slept with her and as time went by, she sent a message to David that she was "pregnant".
David, being described by God Himself as "a man after God's own heart" would seem to have immediately gone to God in remorseful repentance, but instead he chose to send for her husband in hopes that he would sleep with her and the people would think that he is the father of the child, but Uriah did not go home. Nothing David could say or do would persuade Uriah to go home.
Being unsuccessful in his attempt to persuade Uriah to go home and his refusal, David arranged his murder by sending him back to the battle field and gave orders for him to be placed on the front line of the battle field where the battle was fierce and Uriah was guaranteed to be killed.
Having heard about the death of her husband, Bathsheba mourned and after her mourning was over, David sent for her and made her his wife.
WOW! the places and level of sin in which satan will take us if we let him. All it takes is just one tempting thought to take root in our heart.
Believe it or not but daily prayer, study and meditation of the Word of God is our weapon of warfare. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit they will help sustain us and give us the strength needed to endure the temptation and snares that satan guarantees to send our way 24/7 in his attempt to trap us.
Nothing, I mean NOTHING is hidden from God that we ALL do, big or small. God sees and knows everything.
Darkness is light to God. Let's listen to Psalm 129:12-even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
Having seen every details of David's sin, God was displeased with what David had done and He sent His Prophet Nathan to confront David.
Having been confronted by Nathan with these words,"you are the man", David is given the consequences of his sin from God through the Prophet Nathan.
Having accepted responsibility for his sin, David now confesses in vs# 13- “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
The question I want to drive home to all of us is this "HAVE WE CONFESSED OUR SINS TO GOD?
If we confess to God, scripture declares this concerning us in 1 John 1:9-if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
We still live in these human bodies and our flesh is alive and well.
Now, a lifestyle of willful sin should not be the life of the believer. Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Will we at times as believers still sin? Yes. Our Spirit man CAN NOT sin but our flesh still can. We can sin even with wrong thoughts and feelings, unforgiveness, hatred, etc. These opportunities presents themselves to our flesh daily and guess what? Sometimes we respond to them in a way opposite of that which God commands us to.
Scripture declares in Romans 3:23-For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.
1 John 1:8-If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
The question to be answered is "have we confessed them to the Lord"? Have we admitted our wrong and repented of them is the question?
One thing of assurety is that God forgives us of our sins when we confess them. We will still suffer the consequences, but the sin is forgiven by God.
David confessed and He started with God.
If sin is to be forgiven, we MUST be truthful and confess it for what it is to God for it is God whom we have sinned against.
Today is the day to no longer be held captive to willful sin. Confess it to God, repent and turn from your wicked ways.
I conclude with a couple of verses from David's repentance statement in Psalm 51-1-5 Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your loving kindness; according to the abundance of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak, and You are blameless when You judge.
Confession is good for the mind, body and soul!