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Discover the Book - Jan. 22, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 22

David's Unguarded Moments

Think for a moment about the unguarded moments of your life as we examine again the life of David. We will see that in David’s life--unguarded moments led to sin; sin had inevitable consequences that led to pain; painful godly sorrow brought repentance, and humble obedience led to joy! 

All that is what David learned in the most horrible time of his life. As we open to 1st Kings 15 we are looking at David, the most commemorated man in God's Word. We are returning to the life that God wrote the most about in the book He left us called the Bible. 

David’s Life

May I remind you that we know more from the perspective of God through His inspired Word about David’s life (by the sheer mass of 141+ chapters devoted to his life in God's Word) than any other human that has ever lived. That means— 

  • We know more about David’s boyhood, youth and growing up years than any other Biblical character.
  • We know more about David’s struggles, pains, emotional turbulences, and depressions than any other Biblical character.
  • We know more about David’s career choices and successes than any other Biblical character.
  • We know more about David’s finances and treasured possessions than any other Biblical character.
  • We know more about David’s family struggles than any other Biblical character. 

We begin this morning the next phase of this series which I am calling “David’s Spiritual Secret: Overcoming Life’s Unending Struggles”. As we do so we sadly enter into another area of David’s life we know more about.  

  • We know more about the sin of David’s unguarded moments than we do about anyone else;
  • We know more about the pain of the consequences that followed for years to follow. But most of all—
  • We know more about David’s humble obedience prompting the marvelous grace of our loving Lord—grace that exceeded David’s sin and his shame. We see David’s joy in his last days as he returns to joy, peace, fulfillment and blessings from God. 

As we enter into this final phase of David’s life, where we meet him this morning--he is at the top of his career. He is a successful king, powerful ruler, undefeated general, wealthy businessman, and surrounded on every side by God’s blessing. David is writing worship music, serving the Lord in public worship, practicing personal worship and loving the Lord. 

But, there is an incredible postscript to an incredible life that should stop each of us dead in our tracks. Look with me at 1st Kings 15:5 and listen as I read and emphasize that one word God emphasizes for us.  

1 Kings 15:5 because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. NKJV

God forgives the sins, and God forgets the iniquities. But the consequences and loss are recorded in the Bible, God’s forever settled in Heaven Word. 

We on this side of the cross have many advantages, one of them the finished revelation of God in this book called the Bible. Two of the greatest New Testament writers simplify our daily lives. Peter says that every day of our lives we are stalked by a ravenous lion called the Devil. Paul adds that we will get devoured if we don’t take heed. Here are their words. 

[1 Peter 5:8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. [1 Corinthians 10:12] Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (NKJV)

Beware of Unguarded Moments

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! 

Unguarded Moments Lead to Sin

Did you know that one of the greatest events in history was the climactic moment when a little boy—a teenaged shepherd boy met the greatest warrior of his day alone? With no sophisticated weaponry David plus God defeated the mighty giant Goliath.  

What’s amazing when you think about Scripture is that one of the greatest events in history has an equally tragic sequel.  You know in our world books have sequels and movies have sequels. Well, there’s a sequel to “David and Goliath” and it’s almost more tragic than the glory of the initial run of David and Goliath. Because after David and Goliath, there is a horrible sequel, “David and Bathsheba”. This is when David was killed by a giant.  

Wait, didn’t David kill Goliath? Yes, wonderfully by God's power this humble teenaged David slew God's enemy Goliath. But 25+ years later a proud David ignored God's Word and allowed another giant to come right into God's city Jerusalem. David welcomed God's enemy into the presence of this man after God's own heart, and David in midlife- perhaps in his early 40’s- was slain by the giant named LUST! And that story is forever contained in the Scriptures. 

Far more dangerous than the Goliath that he faced as a teenager, the Giant of Lust had crept slowly into David’s own inner chambers. In a moment blinded by his own selfish desires--David was slain. Look at Paul’s command to all of us in 2 Timothy 2:22. 

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee [. 'I command you to always flee’] also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (NKJV) 

Note he doesn’t merely say when you are a youth to flee. No, he says ‘youthful lusts’ the lusts that we nurture and feed as young people--are going to chase us through life. So we must all decide to flee lust, no matter what our age. 

The command is so clear--FLEE, run at all costs, leave the presence of lust when you see it start to smolder and come to flame of passion. When you see it start to raise its wicked head in your life, run from it. The Lord will always make an escape route for us.  

Six Dreadful Steps Downward:

David the giant killer, killed by the giant of lust, took six dreadful steps downward. He was enticed, baited, hooked and reeled in by lust. Then lust destroyed David’s life and testimony. It’s very insightful how this occurred, note his downward steps.  

1.    David Desensitized his conscience by incomplete obedience (2 Sam 5:13).

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

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

4.    David Rationalized his mind about wrong decisions (2 Sam 11:3).

5.    David Plunged his life into lustful sin (2 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.


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