David Forgot--God is There

David’s Fifth Consequence of His Unguarded Moments

The temptation and fall of David are presented by God for each of us to ponder. Remember those consequences?

1.    David Desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience (II Sam 5:13).

2.    David Relaxed his grip on personal purity (II Sam 11:1).

3.    David Fixated his heart on physical desires (II Sam 11:2).

4.    David Rationalized his mind about wrong decisions (II Sam 11:3).

5.    David Plunged his life into lustful sin (II Sam 11:4).

6.    David Destroyed his testimony by the sin of a moment of stolen pleasure. Death, deceit, murder, immorality and spiritual oppression, poverty and famine of the soul are only a few offspring of this act of momentary pleasure.

 

There are lessons to be learned from David that are very difficult but so necessary. For any and all of us today ring Paul’s words across the twisted wreckage of so many lives that litter the highway of the redeemed—flee lust and look for God when tempted.

 

Let’s begin this evening asking the Lord to make His incredibly comforting promise of 1st Corinthians 10:1-13 clear to each of us.

 

1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 2 all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. 6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. 7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” 8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJV

 

I have enjoyed over the years, reading that rich devotional book entitled Morning and Evening by Charles Haddon Spurgeon. To begin our look at David this evening—listen to some of Spurgeon’s words from the section entitled Evening, January 17

 

“And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house.”

— 2 Samuel 11:2

 

At that hour David saw Bathsheba. We are never out of the reach of temptation. Both at home and abroad we are liable to meet with allurements to evil; the morning opens with peril, and the shades of evening find us still in jeopardy. They are well kept whom God keeps, but woe unto those who go forth into the world, or even dare to walk their own house unarmed. Those who think themselves secure are more exposed to danger than any others. The armor-bearer of Sin is Self-confidence.

 

David should have been engaged in fighting the Lord’s battles, instead of which he tarried at Jerusalem, and gave himself up to luxurious repose, for he arose from his bed at eventide. Idleness and luxury are the devil’s jackals, and find him abundant prey. In stagnant waters noxious creatures swarm, and neglected soil soon yields a dense tangle of weeds and briars. Oh for the constraining love of Jesus to keep us active and useful! When I see the King of Israel sluggishly leaving his couch at the close of the day, and falling at once into temptation, let me take warning, and set holy watchfulness to guard the door.

 

Is it possible that the king had mounted his housetop for retirement and devotion? If so, what a caution is given us to count no place, however secret, a sanctuary from sin! While our hearts are so like a tinder-box, and sparks so plentiful, we had need use all diligence in all places to prevent a blaze. Satan can climb housetops, and enter closets, and even if we could shut out that foul fiend, our own corruptions are enough to work our ruin unless grace prevent. Reader, beware of evening temptations. Be not secure. The sun is down but sin is up. We need a watchman for the night as well as a guardian for the day. O blessed Spirit, keep us from all evil this night. Amen.

 

Beware of allowing any unguarded moments in your life, thinking that you are safe from sin’s reach, and that it won’t bother you anymore; it is at that moment the ravenous devourer himself is crouching and preparing to spring. That is what David discovered, only it was too late!

 

 

David Plunged his life into lustful sin v. 4

 

When David plunged his life into lustful sin he forgot to do what he had done in the past, wrote of in the past and rejoiced over in the past.

 

What Did David Forget to Do?

 

1.           David Forgot to Look for God.

 

Turn with me to David’s own testimony in Psalm 139:7-11:

 

7. Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

8. If I ascend into heaven, You are there;

If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.

9. If I take the wings of the morning,

And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10. Even there Your hand shall lead me,

And Your right hand shall hold me.

11. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”

Even the night shall be light about me; NKJV

 

This side of the Cross the truth is even plainer to us. Look at Paul’s wonderful promise of 1st Corinthians 10:12-13:

 

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. NKJV

 

I Corinthians 10:13 is a call to all of us who know and love the Lord to Look for God in times of temptation, He’s always there!

 

 

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