每日诗歌: Beneath the Cross (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a35UE3W18CY)
在神与他坚立了那约之后（撒下 7:12-13），大卫忙于他的军事行动（撒下8）。他在王国的周围参与了与敌人的多次战斗，并且大卫无论往哪里去，耶和华都使他得胜（8:14）。然后，他击打亚扪人并打败他们与亚兰人的联盟（10:19）。他似乎一切顺利。然而，这往往是灾难降临的时候。 “罪就伏在门前；它必恋慕你”（创4:7）。
2 Samuel 10 [Read]
2 Samuel 11 [Read]
2 Samuel 12 [Read]
Luke 19:29-48 [Read]
Vigilance is essential for Christian walk. One may do many things right, but a simple lapse in judgment can bring heartache and long lasting suffering for oneself and others. Such was the case for the anointed King of Israel, King David.
After God establishing the covenant with him (2Sam 7:12-13), David got busy in his military operation (2Sam 8). He engaged in many battles with enemies around the kingdom, and the LORD gave David victory wherever he went (8:14). Then, he took on Ammonites and defeated their alliance the Arameans (10:19). Everything seemed to be going his way. However, that is often the time when the disaster strikes. “Sin is at the door, and its desire is for you” (Gen 4:7).
David lapsed. When kings usually went off to war in the spring, he chose to stay in his palace in Jerusalem (11:1). That was not a good sign, but it was hard to really blame him. But what happened next was inexcusable. He took the wife of a Hittite, likely a gentile woman which God specifically forbade Israelites to marry, and committed adultery and murder. It’s hard to imagine what David was thinking, but it does show the power of Sin. Even the anointed king of Israel, one who after God’s own heart, could easily be entangled by its deadly hook.
The detail of David’s deed was despicable, but we have to admire his quick and sincere acceptance of Nathan’s rebuke. “I have sinned against the LORD” (12:13), and the utter silence afterwards formed a great contrast with the half-hearted admission by Saul (1Sam 15:24, 30). The most amazing thing, however, was that God forgave him (12:13), but not before he sincerely repented (see Ps 51). God’s grace is indeed sufficient for his people. Although the punishment was severe, which we will be reading about them in detail, the forgiveness was sure and total (12:24-25). God surely does not despise a contrite heart (Ps 51:17).
If David could lapse into such sin, we have to be concerned. No wonder Paul wanted the Philippians to work out their salvation “with fear and trembling” (Phi 2:12). But vigilance does not have to mean anxious, for we do have the anchor of our soul that even David would envy (Heb 6:19). Let David’s lapse be our warning and let the grace of the Son of David be our comfort.
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