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Discover the Book - June 21, 2007

  • 2007 Jun 21

David: The Consequence Years

2nd Samuel 11:27b




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 2nd 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He has slowly withdrawn from what had most characterized him for all the years since his boyhood on the hills of Judah.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.


Let’s look at a few of them, as a reminder of what was going up and down the halls of Jerusalem’s royal palace for so long--that now was extinct from David’s life.


David had for years been singing songs like Psalm 8, written after he had slain Goliath:


Psalm 8: “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who has set thy glory above the heavens?”


Those words of humility and victory once rolled down from the throne room of David. Look at Psalm 9.


Psalm 9: “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works.”


David used to praise God with all his heart--but he wasn’t now.


As we turn to Psalm 18, we find the Psalm about when David returned at the head of his armies. In the superscription, it says:


“For the choir director, a Psalm of David, a servant of the Lord who spoke to the Lord the words of this Psalm in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hands of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul, and he said: “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The Lord is my Rock, my fortress, my Deliverer, my God, my Rock in Whom I take refuge”


Only he didn’t just say that, as the leader of God’s people he sang that.


And with a heart of abandon, a heart welling up and overflowing with praise, a heart unashamed of coming into God’s presence--David led all who were around him into God’s presence. David’s life just overflowed with God and people were so blessed just to see him, just to hear him, just to feel the warmth and the glow. Look at Psalm 21.


Psalm 21: “The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”


And so he did and for year after year after year the invincible armies of Israel extended the borders of Israel to the very limits.


But things changed. No more was Psalm 21 heard in the palace; neither was that old favorite from David’s youth, as we turn to Psalm 23...


Psalm 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”


Yes something was missing, something was greatly wanting in David’s life! No more was David heard to sing of following his Shepherd. Turn to Psalm 25.


Psalm 25: “Unto Thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul; O my God I trust in Thee.”


No, David’s soul was cast down, trampled, empty, defiled and infected with guilt and sin. Turn to Psalm 27.


Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear”


David was no longer walking in the light; no longer was he enjoying the joy of his salvation. No longer did he know the fearlessness that the righteous have. The righteous are as bold as a lion (Proverbs 28:1) but wicked people run even when nobody is chasing them.


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.


But 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?


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!


We continue this morning a careful look at the three final eras of David’s life. They need to be studied and heeded by all of us. First we saw last time in 2nd Samuel 11 that--

1. Unguarded Moments lead to SIN—David, Uriah and Bathsheba. We examined the saddest chapter of David’s life, the darkest and the one we all wince at—his sin with Bathsheba. In 2nd Samuel 11 we saw David’s horrible and disobedient choices that prompted David’s worst days of his recorded life.


Why not turn there and be sure you have traced these warning signs into the pages of your Bibles. Just a few days ago, as we were driven around the Golan Heights in Israel, the guide kept pointing out bright red triangular signs that marked out old but deadly, mine fields left over from the Syrian military.


The pages of Scripture record an even more deadly mine field that David unwisely stepped into. Ignoring the warning signs—David paid dearly for that walk.


David the giant killer, was killed by the giant of lust; he took six dreadful steps downward. He was enticed, baited, hooked and reeled in by lust. Then lust destroyed David’s life and testimony.


We are warned as we watch how this occurred; note his downward steps.


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, spiritual oppression, poverty and famine of the soul are only a few offspring of this act of momentary pleasure.


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).


Tomorrow we will start several days of examining truths that God has for us from this tragic part of David’s life. Read part 2 of this sermon on June 22.

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