And it came to pass in an evening tide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.
2 SAMUEL 11:2
(For the entire account read: 2 SAMUEL 11 &12)
A LOOK THAT LEAD TO MURDER
David rose to take a simple walk on the roof of the king's castle. It lead to him sleeping with the wife of Uriah the
Hittite, Bathsheba becoming pregnant and David having
The ease of a evening walk lead to adultery, an unplanned
pregnancy and murder. Sounds like a modern day
soap opera, doesn't it?
As a result, David's close relationship with the Lord was
wounded and his guilt was eating him up! How many of us have sinned and felt as if God had abandoned us??
PRAYER OF A SUFFERING SINNER - A DAVIDIC PSALM OF REMEMBRANCE
JUST LISTEN TO DAVID'S DISTRAUGHT CRIES:
PSALM 38 (HCSB)
Lord, do not punish me in your anger.
Nor discipline me in your wrath.
Your arrows have sunk into me,
and your hand has pressed down on me.
There is no health in my body
because of Your indignation;
There is no strength in my bones
because of my sin.
For my sins have flooded over my head;
they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.
My wounds are foul and festering
because of my foolishness.
I am bent over and brought low;
all day long I go around in mourning.
For my loins are full of burning pain,
and there is no health in my body.
I am faint and severely crushed;
I groan because of the anguish of my heart.
Lord, my every desire is known to you;
my sighing is not hidden from You.
My heart races, my strength leaves me,
and even the light of my eyes has faded.
My loved ones and friends stand back from my affliction,
and my relatives stand at a distance.
Those who seek my life set traps,
and those who want to harm me threaten to destroy me;
they plot treachery all day long.
I am like a deaf person; I do not hear.
I am like a speechless person
who does not open his mouth.
I am like a man who does not hear
and has no arguments in his mouth.
I put my hope in You, Lord;
You will answer, Lord my God.
For I said, "Don't let them rejoice over me--
those who are arrogant towards me when I stumble.
For I am about to fall,
and my pain is constantly with me.
So I confess my guilt;
I am anxious because of my sin.
But, my enemies are vigorous and powerful;
many hate me for no reason.
Those who repay evil for good
attack me for pursuing good.
Lord, do not abandon me;
My God, do not be far from me.
Hurry to help me,
Lord, My Savior.
END OF PART 1