Week 18

David has solidified his throne, unified the nation, and mobilized the priesthood with musicians for worship. Israel’s enemies are also under control. It would appear that for the first time in a long time, things are looking good for Israel. David has the opportunity to lead Israel into something rare: a period of faith and obedience to the covenant in which they can truly be what God created Israel to be.

A pessimist might say “when everything’s good, look out…Something bad is just around the corner.” I hate having to agree with the pessimists, but in this case it is true. As you watch David dancing and worshipping God with passion and joy…as we read his psalms that literally gush with obedience and deep promises to God we are convinced that we have found a truly godly person. Maybe that’s what makes what happens next so hard to bear. David lets down his guard and in a careless moment of desire opens a floodgate of sins from lust to adultery to cover up to murder that will threaten to sweep the kingdom right out from under him. In this story is declared an eternal warning to us all. We are never immune from sin. We are never so mature in our faith that we do not fall. It can happen to any one of us at any time, so we must be on guard. As police detectives know when they are investigating a crime, anyone is capable of anything. No suspects are ruled out just because they seem to be nice people. That includes David too. Will all of God’s hard work be flushed down the drain? Is there any hope for David and Israel?

Keep reading! I’ll see you in the Bible!

WEEK 18 Reading Schedule:
Apr 30 Psalms 25; 29; 33; 36; 39 Psalms: Praise and Divine Love
May 1 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18 David and Mephibosheth
May 2 Psalms 50; 53; 60; 75 Psalms of Worship and Thanks
May 3 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalms 20 Wars with the Neighbors
May 4 Psalms 65-67; 69-70 Psalms of God’s Grace and Providence
May 5 1 Chronicles 20; 2 Samuel 11-12 David and Bathsheba
May 6 Psalms 32; 51; 86; 122 Psalms of Confession