Summary: Sometimes when we sin we feel that it is too big and we get discouraged and begin to feel low. Hopefully this sermon will bring you up.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU’VE
SINNNED AND YOU KNOW IT
Sunday April 15, 2007
This morning I would like to look at a story about a man of God who sinned, big time.
He committed sins that you simply wouldn’t expect a good man to commit.
And it wasn’t one of those cases where he accidentally committed a sin before he realized what was going on.
No, he put a great deal of thought and effort into committing his sin, and then he went to even greater trouble to cover his sin.
In fact, the events in his life read more like a court hearing than a Bible story.
When the smoke finally cleared, two people were dead and two families destroyed.
But we find that the most amazing fact about this story is that this didn’t ruin the man.
He was able to recover from his mistakes and get back on his feet.
You might have already guessed that the man I’m talking about is King David.
He’s the same one who as a teenager killed Goliath, and later wrote the most recognizable passage in the Bible,
“The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want.”
Here we go, this is the story.
One evening, King David had a hard time going to sleep, so he went out on the balcony of his palace to take a walk.
Across the way he saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba taking a bath.
When David found out that her husband, Uriah, was a soldier and was away at war, David sent for her and seduced her.
Sometime later she told him that she was going to have a baby.
David, in an attempt to cover his tracks, had Uriah brought in from the battlefield for a time of rest and relaxation.
David suggested that Uriah go home and spend time with his wife.
Uriah politely refused; going home to his wife during a time of war would have been an act of disloyalty to his fellow soldiers.
Big mistake on Uriah’s part!
Since Uriah couldn’t be persuaded to compromise, David sent him back to battle with a letter to deliver to the commanding officer.
Uriah didn’t know it, but he was delivering his own death warrant.
The letter told the Commanding Officer to put Uriah on the front lines and withdraw the other troops so Uriah would be sure to die.
And that is exactly what happened.
Uriah was killed in battle and David married Bathsheba.
No one in Israel knew the story behind the story, but the Bible says,
The Lord was very displeased with what David had done. (2 Samuel 11:27)
It wasn’t long before a prophet named Nathan confronted David with his sin.
David knew that he had done wrong, and I’m sure that deep down he knew he couldn’t get away with it.
To make matters worse, David and Bathsheba’s newborn child was very sick, and Nathan said it was all David’s fault.
He said to David, “Because of what you have done, this baby is going to die.”
Imagine how David felt about that!
He couldn’t hide it any longer.
He had blown it in a big way, and now it was time to face the music.
David did face the music.
He made things right with God and got his life back on track.
At some point during this time, he wrote the
This Psalm is all about “What To Do When You’ve Blown It.”