David was instantly forgiven for adultery and murder when he repented, but he opened the door to much pain in his life. The same sins he committed are now being committed by his family; Amnon rapes his half sister Tamar and Absalom her brother ends up killing him for what he does.
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It looked like everyone had left David and no one was standing up for what was right. In Psalms 12:1, David says “Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men.” In the middle of his prayer, David receives a prophetic word: "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he yearns” (verse 5). David’s response is to instantly proclaim and remind himself of the faithfulness of God’s word, even when things look hopeless. He says, “The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. You shall keep them, O LORD, You shall preserve them from this generation forever (Verses 6-7)."
Before David came to a place of trusting God, he said in verse 5, “Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me, And horror has overwhelmed me.” David stayed in the place of prayer (vs. 17), and he was able to cast his care upon the LORD and come to a place of faith (vs. 22).
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan