David has a sensitivity to injustice and a heart for what is good and just. Throughout his life he has cultivated a sense of justice for the poor. He is “a man after God’s own heart.” No matter how terribly he sins, no matter the season of life, no matter how dark things look, David holds on to God. Bottom line, he understands that his future is always in God’s hands.
So, he takes time to hear the words of the prophet Nathan. He listens and takes the word of the Lord to heart. The rich man who steals the poor mans lamb is wrong; no doubt about that in David’s mind. The rich man had no pity and should die for such glaring greed and injustice.
But Nathan points out that David is the man! David is the unjust one! And David doesn’t fight that honest, authentic, true description of the darkness he has lived; the injustice he has hurled against a poor man—taking his wife and his life.
David admits his terrible sin, “I have sinned against the Lord.” David accepts whatever the Lord chooses to do yet goes to God in prayer knowing that grace comes from God.
David, the “man after God’s own heart” fails miserably in living out his faith. We might ask and wonder, how it was that David could completely overlook his faith and what was right and just and good, when he wanted to take Bathsheba to be his wife?
Perhaps there are times in our own lives when we completely disregard what God desires because we want something for ourselves? Could we too wrap our minds around what is clearly wrong because we so desire to get what we think we deserve? Could our judgment ever be clouded by greed and desire?
May this chapter in David’s life bring us caution and humility in our choices. May we too say, “Lord have mercy on me, a sinner” and have a humility about ourselves whenever we are tempted to compare ourselves to others. May it encourage us to seek what is good, right, true, and of the Lord. And finally, may we find joy in the good which God invites us to do.