May 4, 2016
Summary of 2 Samuel
Although David was a man after God's own heart, he was not exempt from troubles in his life. Using The MacArthur Study Bible's outline for this book, we find:
IV. David's troubled reign (chapters 9-20)
- Kindness to Mepibosheth (9:1-13)
- Sins of adultery and murder (10:1-12:31)
- Family troubles (13:1-14:33)
- Rebellions against David (15:1-20:26)
David was not where he should have been, joining his army in battle. That was when he was tempted to sin with Bathsheba. He tied to cover it up by sending her husband home so it would look like the baby was his, but the man was too dedicated to his fellow troopers and refused. David had the husband sent to the front line so he would be killed. And it happened. David married Bathsheba, but it was not well. Their baby died. David reaped the consequences by God making sure his family would live by the sword due to David's taking Uriah's wife to be his own and showed he despised God.
David wrote many Psalms, but a few significant are:
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. you will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. (Ps. 51:17)
Create in me a clean heart, O God. (verse 10)
Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean: wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. (verse7)
What can be worse than incest? David had it in his family when Amnon raped his half sister Tamar. Absalom, her brother, had Amnon killed. Later, Absalom rebelled against David being king and took over as David fled from Jerusalem. Then Joab killed Absalom and David returns as king. Sheba revolted against the king, but was killed, with his head thrown over a city wall.
In Psalm 7, David wrote:
God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right. (verse 10)
For you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God. (verse 9b)
I thank the LORD because He is just; I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (verse 17)
Are we singing His praises in spite of our circumstances, troubles?