David Part: Failure and Forgiveness

Part 5
Failure and Forgiveness

2 Samuel 11:1-4 "In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her.”

How do we typically respond to sin and failure?

  1. Disguise

Luke 8:17 Jesus said “there is nothing that is hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.”

2. Rationalize

3. Agonize

Psalm 32:3-4 When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.[b]

Psalm 38:4-8 “My guilt has overwhelmed me
    like a burden too heavy to bear.

My wounds fester and are loathsome
    because of my sinful folly.

I am bowed down and brought very low;
    all day long I go about mourning.

My back is filled with searing pain;
    there is no health in my body.

I am feeble and utterly crushed;
    I groan in anguish of heart.”

4. Compromise

1 Timothy 4:2 “Their consciences became seared as with a hot iron”

Psalm 51:1-12 NLT
“Have mercy on me, O God,
    because of your unfailing love.
Because of your great compassion,
    blot out the stain of my sins.

Wash me clean from my guilt.
    Purify me from my sin.

For I recognize my rebellion;
    it haunts me day and night.

Against you, and you alone, have I sinned;
    I have done what is evil in your sight.
You will be proved right in what you say,
    and your judgment against me is just.[a]

For I was born a sinner—
    yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

But you desire honesty from the womb,[b]
    teaching me wisdom even there.

Purify me from my sins,[c] and I will be clean;
    wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Oh, give me back my joy again;
    you have broken me—
    now let me rejoice.

Don’t keep looking at my sins.
    Remove the stain of my guilt.
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[d] from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and make me willing to obey you.

What does David do when he realizes his sin?

  1. He admits it

Proverbs 28:13 says is like this “If you hide your sins you will not succeed, but if you confess and reject them you will receive mercy.”

2. He ASKS GOD to forgive it

I John 1:9 “if we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness,”

3. He ACCEPTED his forgiveness and moved on

Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

Romans 3:24We are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus.”

David: Caves and Crowns

Part 4
Caves and Crowns

Psalm 142:4 NLT “I look for someone to come and help me,
no one gives me a passing thought!
No one will help me;
    no one cares a bit what happens to me.”


3 things about caves…

1. God uses caves to PROTECT us.

If you are in the cave moment…

a. Maybe the TIMING is not yet right

I Samuel 22:1 “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 “For everything there is a season,
 a time for every activity under heaven.2 
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.3 
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.4 
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.5 
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.6 
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.7 
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.8 
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made
everything beautiful for its own time.

b. Maybe YOU are not yet right

2. God uses caves to CONNECT us

1 Samuel:22 1-2 “So David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. Soon his brothers and all his other relatives joined him there. 2 Then others began coming—men who were in trouble or in debt or who were just discontented—until David was the captain of about 400 men.”

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

3. God uses caves to INSPECT us

I Samuel 24:1-7 “After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” 2 So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
3 He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. 4 The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said[b] to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” 7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.”