This is something I’ve been chewing on recently and I thought I would share. David in the Bible is described as “a man after God’s own heart.” God loved David so much that God chose to have Jesus come from David’s line. David is one of the most admired people in the Bible (he is one of my favorites). And yet, David was a liar, fell into fear risking his family and his heritage, refused to confront or discipline his generals and his children, married many women including one already married to one of his best warriors, commanded murder, and committed many other sins. I’ve made a list of his sins (that I’m at least aware of) below along with some of the consequences.
If David lived today he would have likely been shunned by the Christian community, especially after committing adultery and commanding the death of one of his top warriors. His lust issues and his family issues were heinous. His inability to confront those in sin led to great evil in Israel. David started so well and he did great things, but his sins were flagrant and hard to ignore. And yet… God loved (and still loves) this man deeply. One of Jesus’ titles was “The Son of David” (Matthew 1:1, Matthew 21:9) and Jesus proudly identifies Himself from the line of David (Revelation 22:16). What is the deal? David committed some of the most wretched sins out of people in the Old Testament. And yet he continued to be identified as “a man after God’s own heart.” Why?
Because David is the epitome of grace. David was a lowly shepherd boy and was despised by his brothers. Despite his unheralded background, God exalted him (2Samuel 7:8-9). And despite all of David’s sins, David was continually and genuinely repentant, always seeking God’s heart. David continually humbled himself when he was confronted about his sin. David recognized his sinful condition (Psalm 32, 51) and he recognized his need for God’s grace. He sought after God and was very real with God with his emotions (just read some of the Psalms). Even when he went his own way at times, whenever he came to his senses he always humbled himself and turned to God and worshipped Him. David continually gave glory to God. David wasn’t perfect at all, but God was still so pleased with him.
God knows we are sinners. And God still shows honor to us despite our failures. Hebrews 11 is a chapter honoring great people of faith and includes a list of leaders who severely messed up in their lifetimes (Gideon, Samson, Jephthah, David). God doesn’t exalt perfect people. God exalts people who seek Him and turn to Him and give Him glory. Jesus died for sinners. God loves the poor in spirit. God loves the humble, those whose trust is in Him and not in themselves.
God isn’t shocked when we mess up. There will be consequences for our sins, but as long as our heart is for the Lord and we are repentant then we can be rest assured that God still loves us just as much as before.