I realize this chapter was in the reading for yesterday, however I did not have time to post about it. However I want to post about this chapter today instead of chs. 13-14 because chapter 12 is one of the most emotionally packed chapters in the entire Bible.
We’ve read how David has committed adultery with Bathsheba and then deceitfully had her husband killed. The “man after God’s own heart,” is not perfect after all. In fact, he’s capable of very horrible sin – just as any of us are.
In chapter 12 Nathan rebukes David in a very clever way. He tells a story so that David sees the obvious truth without applying it to himself. Then he turns it around and tells David that he is the one in the story. He is the one in the wrong. David sees his sin clearly and repents.
However sin always has consequences. Yes, David repented and that was the right response. Yet God tells him that his sin will negatively affect his household for years to come. The sword will never depart from his house and evil will come up out of his own house (v. 10-11). Not only that but God tells him his child with Bathsheba will die.
This hit me especially hard because my first child just had his 1st birthday not long ago. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking how horrible it would be if my child died in the crib or something like that. I hope I never experience that… and my heart goes out to those who’ve experienced the death of their infant child.
David and Bathsheba’s child becomes sick. David then begins to fast and pray. This shows us that one of the biblical reasons for fasting is to petition God to heal someone who is sick. However God may choose not to heal them. This is what he does here.
When the child passes away, David gets up and changes his clothes and gets cleaned up. Then we read this…
“And he went into the house of the LORD and worshipped.” – 2 Sam. 12:20
Wow. Immediately after the death of his child he worships God!
Here’s what I learn from this:
First, David recognizes that God is perfectly holy, righteous, just, and good in all that he does and allows to happen in the world. Is this how we would feel if God took away the most precious person in our lives? Would we remain adamant that God is good, or would we get angry at God and turn away from him, thinking we know better than he does?
Second, we’re called to worship God both in good times and bad. Job said, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” God deserves our worship no matter what’s happening in our lives. We should worship when we’re joyful, and worship when we’re suffering horrible tragedy. In all situations, God is still God and he is worthy of our praise! Not only that but he is the one who will lift us up again.