Summary: David’s psalm of betrayal. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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Sermon Outline:

Confidence (vs 1-3)

Admission (vs 4)

Schemers (vs 5-8)

Betrayal (vs 9)

Request (vs 10-12)

Sermon Content:


• One day, a mother explained to her five-year-old daughter;

• That if she chose to disobey her, she would have to live with the consequences.

• The little girl looked terrified and said:

• “Please don’t make me live with the Consequences. I want to live here with you!”

• Well, unbeknown to that little girl,

• We all live with the consequences of the choices and decisions that we’ve made.


• Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Essayist, Poet and Author, 1850-1894)

• "Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.”


This psalm was written by a king who had to live with the consequences of his actions.

• David the king had committed the sin of adultery with a woman called Bathsheeba.

• When Bathsheeba became pregnant;

• David tried to cover up that sin by arranging for her husband Urriah;

• To be placed on the front line in battle, knowing he would be killed.

• Although in time David would realise his folly and later repent of his sin;

• (You can read about it in Psalms 51&52):

• He STILL had to live with the consequences of his foolish actions;

Question: What were those consequences?


• Nathan the prophet told him (2 Samuel chapter 12 verse 10);

• That his sin was forgiven, but…“The sword will never depart from your house”.

• David had wrecked a man’s home and family;

• Now he would experience his own home and family in turmoil.

• That turmoil would reveal itself most clearly and painfully;

• In his son Absalom.


• Absalom was the third and favourite son of Davidson of David,

• With his wife Maachah, daughter of Talmai (1 Chronicles 3:2, 2 Samuel 3:3)

• 2 Samuel chapter 14 verse 25 describes Absalom;

• ‘As the most handsome man in the kingdom’.

• Absalom decided to rebel against his father;

• And he made a bid for the throne – wanting to be crowned king.

• He built support for himself among the common people;

• By promising justice for all.

• His plan of betrayal seemed to work well as all Israel and Judah flocked to his side,

• And David, with only a handful of supporters was forced to flee and hide.

• You can read the sad story of events in 2 Samuel chapters 11-16.


• So the background to this Psalm is believed to be the rebellion of Absalom:

• Yet despite the sad and sordid circumstances to this Psalm;

• Notice that it starts off positively with a note of praise.

(1). Confidence (vs 1-3)

Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;

the LORD delivers them in times of trouble.

2 The LORD protects and preserves them—

they are counted among the blessed in the land—

he does not give them over to the desire of their foes.

3 The LORD sustains them on their sickbed

and restores them from their bed of illness.


• Rev.Martin Niemoeller was one of Adolf Hitler’s least favourite people,

• Rev. Niemoeller was placed in prison and summoned to a special court.

• He was as you might expect afraid.

• He had no idea what to expect!

• But according to the writer Francis Gay,

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