King David should have gone out to battle with his men. Instead, he stayed home and lazed around the palace. When he happened to see a neighbor woman at her bath, he commanded she be brought to him. The Bible says, "He took her." King David committed adultery with another man's wife. It's doubtful she had much choice in the matter, after all, he was king. David was not sorry.
Soon the woman, named Bathsheba, discovered she was pregnant with David's child. She sent him a message and let him know. David still wasn't sorry.
David called Bathsheba's husband Uriah home from the battle. He brought him in for a visit, and a report, then sent him home to his wife, hoping they would have sexual relationship so the baby would be assumed to be Uriah's. But Uriah didn't go home. He stayed with the other soldiers. He was loyal. He would not enjoy the comforts of home when there was a battle going on.
The next day King David found out. He had Uriah brought to him. He fed Uriah, and got him drunk, and sent him home. But even drunk, Uriah was a faithful soldier. He slept with the other men. He would not go home.
There was no covering up the adultery. So David had the commander put Uriah at the front of the battle and then ordered the rest of the soldiers to retreat - to leave Uriah by himself among the enemy so he would be killed. The commander did as he was told. Uriah was killed. And David took his wife Bathsheba and added her to his collection of other wives.
David sinned, and sinned, and sinned. What he did was downright wicked. He robbed a man of his wife and then had the man killed. So why did God call David, "A man after my own heart?" What was so special about David?
Yes, David sinned in wicked ways. But when the prophet Nathan confronted him with his sin, David's heart melted. He was sorry. He was contrite. The word "contrite" means "smashed to bits." David was so sorry for his sins that his heart was smashed to bits. He begged God's forgiveness. He admitted his wickedness. He told God he was sorry. And God loved and forgave him. God didn't ignore what had happened. There were sad and lasting consequences to David's sin. But David was sorry, and God accepted his confession of sin.
Every Friday we Catholics read the Psalm of David's repentance and make it our own. "Create in me a clean heart, O God." We too have sins to confess, wrongs to make right. And like King David, we should not that NO sin is so great that God will not forgive us. He waits for us to come to Him, and He is waiting with open arms. David was especially loved by God NOT because he was a perfect man. He was especially loved by God because he kept coming back to God, even after horrific sin.
Is there anything that keeps you from God? From really opening your heart and letting Him in to rule? Do you have a big sin that keeps you from experiencing the love of God? Be like David. Pour out your sins before God. Allow Him to heal and forgive you. You are beloved of God! He will make your heart clean.
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.