Now, you can’t tell me when Nathan arrived David wasn’t a little uneasy.
Conviction lies in the hearts of those who know the difference between good and evil. Maybe at this point which was too late David was hoping God might have missed his transgressions? Maybe God took a vacation and left no one in charge? Or he hoped God overslept that day?
Honestly, what did he think he was going to get away with?
Human nature isn’t privy to Kings, Presidents, royalty. It has no knowledge of discrimination. It does not play favorites.
David was a King, but first he was a man.
After Nathan rakes him over the coals David speaks.
Repentance sets in. Sickened by his actions, he fasts, prays and lies face down dormant on the floor for days. He is motionless in his misery yet hopeful in his heart.
Just like us, he made a real boo-boo. He really messed up bad. He did the unthinkable.
His response was correct. Is that why God gave him grace? Did he deserve God’s favor after all he had done?
If you continue in 2nd Samuel 12 the servants observe David’s remorseful behavior. Concerned for his well-being the elders of the household remained at his side hoping to feed him. He refused.
What would you do if your King was lying on the floor face down for hours and days at a time?
Remind him how the neighbors would talk?
Inform him his actions were not that of a King?
Ask him if he missed his last therapy session with Dr. Phil?
Picking this apart are more than one dynamic.
David’s priority as a servant of his God took precedence over being King.
His immediate sorrow for how he had hurt God sent him into despair and depression.
His efforts to pray and fast ceaselessly reveal how David knew God’s mercy extended far beyond his sin.
So what does this mean?
King David knew his God.
He knew the Lord would forgive him, but he also understood the consequences of “reaping and sowing.”
He recognized within his own passion how he would beat himself up for quite some time.
Living with the guilt and shame of his erred ways he wrote his feelings down lamenting his soul resulting in discovering he was a man after God’s own heart.
But….there is more to this story.
What do you think it is?