Have you ever wondered how some people always look like they have it all together? Try to define that person in your mind and hold that thought for a few seconds. Now with that perspective, let’s look at the life of David. David is a very popular Bible character, who was a remarkable and courageous warrior since youth. I mean, how many could say they’ve defeated a GIANT with just a sling and stone when they were a teenager? And prior to that, he killed lions and bears while taking care of his father’s sheep (1 Samuel 17). David is also known for playing the harp and writing most of the book of Psalms. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about David is how the Lord referred to him:
“…the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people…” (1 Samuel 13:14).
WOW! What a powerful statement! David must have been a saint! I mean, could such a man ever disappoint God? The truth is, as glamorous and perfect as David might have seemed, he was still flawed just like you and me. The all-knowing God knew that David would have short-comings, but He still called David for a specific purpose and anointed him.
King David ruled over Israel for nearly 40 years. Under his rule, Israel experienced expansion, peace, unity, and many victorious expeditions. As a king, David had authority over the entire land; therefore, he was entitled to almost everything. Upon all the women in the land, King David desired the one that was… unavailable.
“…[David] noticed a woman of unusual beauty taking a bath. He sent someone to find out who she was, and he was told, ‘She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.’ Then David sent messengers to get her; and when she came to the palace, he slept with her” (2 Samuel 11:2-4).
Lo and behold, she got pregnant (vs. 5)! On top of this, David tried to pass the baby off to Uriah. When he failed, he deliberately had the poor man killed in war by positioning him in the front line, and later married his widow! How cruel! I mean, this is not exactly how we expect “the man after God’s heart” to behave.
One other extraordinary thing about David is that he delighted in the Lord and was quick to repent. After Nathan, the prophet, rebuked him about his sin he admitted to his fault and begged for forgiveness. David’s confession can be read in Psalms 51. What stands out are verses 10-11:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.”
David cried out to the Lord. He knew that the Lord will not reject a genuine contrite and broken spirit. I believe this was the secret to the relationship between David and God.
See, there is no such thing as a perfect person. Not even in the Bible, apart from Jesus Christ. The beautiful thing is that God’s not looking for perfect people. He is looking for broken people who know that they have messed up; God is looking for people who will cry to Him for cleansing and restoration. The point is, that your brokenness is part of God’s plan to show you His unfailing love and endless mercy.