It feels like I’ve read David’s story a thousand times and every time it seems that I’m seeing something for the first time. There are two things that stuck out to me when Nathan confronts David about the crimes he’s committed. Both of these observations have stuck with me this week.
The first observation is the word despised in 2 Samuel 12:9. David has broken three of the Ten Commandments because he despised God’s word. The word despised, in this context, means to think lightly of. So David thought lightly of God’s word (the commandments). This has stuck with me. The reason why I can’t seem to break this tackle is because at times I’ve pulled a David. Whether it’s because I just don’t care, I just don’t have the time, I check the box that I read my daily devotional, or I’d rather read a verse or two that makes me feel better, I’ve found myself thinking lightly of the Bible. This has helped me keep in mind that the Bible was written not that we become a better version of ourselves but that we become brand new transformed by God (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Let’s make a commitment to think highly of the Bible.
Another observation that has stuck with me is the very first thing David says to Nathan once he’s been caught in 2 Samuel 12:13. Since I’ve been there before, I feel the shame, guilt, embarrassment, and regret that rolls of David’s lips when he says—I have sinned against the LORD. Whether as a kid caught in a lie or as an adult that has been caught accusing someone of something without knowing the facts, I’ve felt all the emotions that go with repenting. The reason why this sticks out to me as important is because David doesn’t make excuses, minimizes his actions to mistakes, or rationalize/justify his actions. Simply, he owns up to his sin and asks God to forgive him. We need to be people who own up to our sin and make it right with God and others as soon as we can.
May God help us be people who think highly of Him and the Bible. May we also be people who are quick to recognize our sin and make it right with Him.
 Why, then, have you despised the word of the LORD and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 2 Samuel 12:9 (New Living Translation)
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