Wednesday, December 20 – 2 Samuel 11:6-13

Dec 19, 2023

Then David sent word to Joab: “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah came to him, David asked about Joab’s well-being and that of the people, and the condition of the war. Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the king’s house, and a gift from the king was sent after him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. Now when they informed David, saying, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “Did you not come from a journey? Why did you not go down to your house?” And Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field. Should I then go to my house to eat and drink and to sleep with my wife? By your life and the life of your soul, I will not do this thing.” Then David said to Uriah, “Stay here today also, and tomorrow I will let you go back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the day after. Now David summoned Uriah, and he ate and drank in his presence, and he made Uriah drunk; and in the evening Uriah went out to lie on his bed with his lord’s servants, and he still did not go down to his house.

 

How do you respond when you realize you have done something wrong? Many of us quickly justify, ready to defend or excuse what we have done. We find ways to cover it up or at the least, make it not seem as bad as it really is. We usually do this to alleviate our feelings of guilt. But like the tale of the princess and the pea, our sin is still felt, even when it is covered up by countless layers.

 

Finally in Psalm 51, David came to a moment of repentance, he prayed in verses 1-4, “Be gracious to me, God, according to Your faithfulness; according to the greatness of Your compassion, wipe out my wrongdoings. Wash me thoroughly from my guilt and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my wrongdoings, and my sin is constantly before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.” It was through repentance and honesty that David found freedom and redemption; the same is true for us. It is natural to want to cover up our sin or give excuses, but it will only be covered, satisfied, and cleaned when we admit our guilt before God and ask Him to restore the brokenness that our sin has caused. In a season when it is easy to cast blame or magnify the faults of others, let’s be honest before our God about our own sin, asking Him to redeem us and help us share His grace and mercy with others.

 

  • What is something you have tried to cover up or make excuses for, even though you were in the wrong?
  • What sins are easy for you to point out in others? What sins need to be confessed in your own life?
  • Pray and confess the sins you have made excuses for.
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