David: The Consequence Years

DSS: Message Twenty-One (060625AM)

All that really matters in life may be reduced to one simple reality--what does God think of what you are doing or have done.

As we open in our Bibles to the last sentence of 2 Samuel 11:27, and read those words—that is exactly the perspective God presents of David's life at that moment. All that mattered at that moment and for eternity--is what God thought of what David had done. And David did not please the Lord! 

2 Samuel 11:27b "…But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” NKJV

Think about the moments, hours, days, and weeks that followed this statement. The ornate halls of Jerusalem’s royal palace became strangely silent those days. It seemed as if David had lost his voice. 

David, the most written about person in God's Word, has changed. 

He has slowly withdrawn from what had most characterized him for all the years since his boyhood on the hills of Judah. David’s song had stopped. 

In days past, sweet songs of God's power were often heard coming from the throne room of this victorious warrior. The shepherd boy become king had carried his stringed instrument, a harp or lyre, into the daily life of leading God's people. This man, who was a living and talking expression of God's heart, was always refreshing those he touched with his praises to the Lord. 

It was a daily treat, for the myriads of aides and clerks and military attaches to hear their king rapturously sing great hymns of worship.  

Down the halls had flowed rivers of praise to the Lord--passing the conquered treasures taken from fallen kingdoms, over the storehouses of consecrated gold and silver heaped for the future temple to God. These songs poured out of David’s mouth from a heart filled with the goodness of God. Each song (or Psalm) sent from God to David was such a treasure from heaven.  

Did you know that God carved the life of David into the bedrock of His Word? Most amazingly, the Lord recorded many of the Psalms directly from the daily life of David. There are Psalms that flow from the most wonderful and the most wrenching hours of David’s life. Our lives can find great encouragement in these Psalms out of the hard times in the life of David. 

These Psalms have been preserved for three thousand years. Pillaging armies have swept across the Middle East like hordes of locust, fires have burned for weeks behind them, blood has flowed like rivers, earthquakes have leveled cities and towns, floods and storms without number have raced down the hillsides.  

But God has preserved His songs. Not one has been lost. We have them this morning; and David’s life makes up nearly half the Book of Psalms that most of us hold a copy of in the middle of our Bibles. 

What David had done displeased the Lord—and all that really matters in life is what God thinks of you.

David fell silent. He had lost his song. No more did the daily business of the Kingdom of Israel flow to the songs of heaven. No more did the good shepherd’s peace and joy touch each worker, aide and courier. The palace was slowly becoming a wasteland.  

David was quiet, pensive and moody. His face was dark, no longer aglow with the joy of the Lord. His words that used to seem like honey were now more like his sword at his belt - sharp, cutting and bringing death to those around him. 

Gone was God from his daily work. Extinct were the life giving expressions of joyful delight that nourished the government of God's people. What a blessing those songs had been. 

The problem was David was hiding his sin. Look at Proverbs 28:13. God said that if we hide our sin instead of confessing and forsaking it (which is repentance) God will resist us. David needed to repent. That was the only solution for his dreadful condition.  

Would you just pause with me for a moment and turn your attention from David and look at your own heart? To help focus on what God wants from each of us, please quietly bow your head and answer these questions silently in your heart. 

  • Have you lost your song like David?
  • Did you used to be closer to the Lord?
  • Are you holding onto some sin that displeases the Lord?
  • Is your heart growing restless and cold?  

What is the Remedy?

If so, the only remedy is to confess and forsake the sin that has caused God’s displeasure right now. Don’t wait like David did and suffer the consequences that inevitably came.  

Proverbs 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. NKJV

We are in the midst of a journey through the Scriptures, mining the treasures God has recorded from the life of David. The lessons David learned are by God’s Spirit also intended for us! 

We have come to the saddest era of David’s life—the months and years of consequences that followed his sin with Bathsheba. 

Beware of allowing any unguarded moments in your life, thinking that you are safe from sin’s reach; 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! 

Those unguarded moments led to what I call The Inevitable Consequences. Remember the consequence engine we studied last October in the Christ our Refuge series? 

And those inevitable consequences lead to the PAIN of—David’s chastisement, Absalom’s rebellion, and Shimei’s slander. There are 11 chapters that record the years of painful consequences from of David’s sin (II Samuel 12-21, 24). 

Today we will start several lessons examining truths that God has for us from this tragic part of David’s life that I call the— 

The Consequence Years

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. To avoid the mine field that David blundered into we need to heed Paul’s warning. Please turn to the clearest warning in Scripture. 

1 Corinthians 10:12-14 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. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. NKJV

 

 

 

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