- #7: Adultery (2 Samuel 11:4)
- #10: Coveted neighbor’s wife (2 Samuel 11:3)
- #8: Stole another man’s wife (2 Samuel 12:9)
- #9: Lied (2 Samuel 11:7–8, 12–13)
- #6: Murdered (2 Samuel 11:17; 12:9)
David’s sin was great.
What help did David need?
- David needed someone to be totally honest about the sin in his life. He didn’t need someone to soothe his conscience or pacify his soul; he needed truth and honesty. Nathan was the man (2 Samuel 12:1–4).
- David needed a heart that could be broken. He needed a contrite heart (Psalm 51:17); a heart that was tender and receptive.
- David needed assurance of forgiveness. Our number one problem is sin; thus our number one need is the forgiveness of sin (Psalm 32:1).
- David needed continued strength to carry on after his sin had been forgiven. There is great need for encouragement and exhortation in the world and in the church. Paul said, “lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow” (2 Corinthians 2:7).
David learned some valuable lessons:
- He learned the certainty of exposure (Numbers 32:23).
- He learned the certainty of harvest time (Galatians 6:7).
- He learned the certainty of separation (Isaiah 59:1–2).
What did David do when confronted with his sin?
- David admitted/acknowledged his sin (2 Samuel 12:13). He showed personal responsibility for his sin though he was not the only sinner.
- David turned to God (Psalm 51:4). There are no small sins against the great God.
- David asked God for forgiveness (Psalm 51:1). He didn’t use elaborate or soft vocabulary. He said, “I have sinned.”
God forgave him.
Conclusion: In the original Hebrew, David’s statement “I have sinned against the Lord” amounts to only two words: hata al-Yahweh. These two words, and the heart they reflect, show the fundamental difference between David and Saul.
Confession doesn’t need to be long to be real and sincere. David’s confession is an example for each of us. He placed the blame squarely on his own shoulders. He did not minimize his offense. David realized that his sin was against God. —Mark N. Posey, Decatur, Alabama
“Have mercy upon me, O God.” – Psalm 51:1