Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,
This is a continuation of The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion Series, which includes:
Today, we continue to how King David described the consequences of unconfessed sin.
Despite David’s efforts to cover up his sin, the fighting men seem to have figured out that David had Uriah killed given that Bathsheba’s father was one of the mighty men (2 Samuel 23:34; 11:3) and that her grandfather Ahithophel later conspired against David (2 Samuel 15:31).
Certainly, those working in David’s palace knew that David got Bathsheba pregnant (2 Samuel 11:3-4) and tried to fool Uriah (2 Samuel 11:8-10, 13).
Perhaps all the people in Jerusalem figured out David’s sins (because not all rumors are false) but were afraid to say anything.
Until Nathan confronts David, the king thinks he has gotten away with his sins of extra-marital sex and murder (2 Samuel 11:27).
David Confessed His Sins
After Nathan explains things, David immediately takes responsibility and confesses his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-13).
As you know, David sang nearly half the Psalms. I say sang because psalm means song. Did he write them before he sang them, or did he sing them and then write them down? We don’t know.
But after he takes responsibility for what he did, David goes into the Tent of Meeting and sings his confession, as recorded in Psalm 51.
He also sings Psalm 32. In Psalm 32, David elegantly described what happened while he had unconfessed sin:
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:3-5 NASB, emphasis mine)
From Psalm 32 and from Psalm 51, we learn what happens when we murder and commit adultery:
- When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
- The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
- Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
- We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
- We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
- We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
- We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
- We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).
More Holy Spirit!
Like King David, once we have confessed we can feel the Holy Spirit within us, and perhaps then other people will see that we have more fruit of the Spirit—
- self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
But there’s more! In Luke 11:13, Jesus gives us permission to ask for even more of the Holy Spirit.
Join me tomorrow when I connect the whole series, explaining how the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah relates to the spiritual consequences of abortion.