The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8
My last few posts have been extolling the virtues of David. Lest we think he is perfect, God chose to include the sordid episode with Bathsheba and Uriah (adultery! murder!) to give us the whole picture of the man. Many commentators say that if only David was where he was supposed to be – 2 Sam 11:1 “In the beginning of the year, the time when kings go out to battle…” (I didn’t know they scheduled these things) – he would not have been on that rooftop, walking around bored with nothing to do but look around. The enemy, ever so cunning, strikes when we resting and complacent but most often when we are outside God’s will.
These Psalms written were after Nathan confronted David with his sin. Some say this was a year after the Bathsheba episode. David was carrying his unrepented sin for that long no wonder he sounded like he was drowning. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. Psalm 32:6
I never noticed it before but in verses 8 -9 there is a shift in the narration. It is as if the Lord Himself answered him. David was not perfect. But once he offered repentance for his sin, God Himself spoke. God will do the same for us. There are days when we will fail – knowingly or unknowingly, by chance or by our own volition. Forgiveness is always available, if there is true repentance. Then we wait for God to speak.
Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! Psalm 32:10-11
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]