How did King David sin when he was a man after God’s heart?


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Before the end of the war with the Ammonites, King David, assigned the army leadership to his army commander Joab and returned to Jerusalem to manage the internal affairs of the kingdom. The Syrians had already submitted to Israel, and the complete overthrow of the Ammonites was certain. King David was enjoying the victory and the honors of his strong rule. It was at this time of ease and comfort when he was unguarded spiritually that the devil tempted him and overcame him.

Before his reign as a king, David was chased by Saul, he was in constant connection with the Lord. And he relied completely on Him for victory and success. But when the Lord gave him peace and success, he settled in self-security, and let go of his hold upon God. As a result, he yielded to temptation and brought upon his soul guilt and shame (2 Samuel 11).

Jesus teaches us the secret of maintaining victory over sin, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:4-5).

To abide in Christ means that the believer must be in daily communion with Jesus through studying of the Word, prayer, and living His life (Gal. 2:20). As a branch is connected to the vine to receive life, likewise we need to be connected to Jesus at all times. It is not possible for one branch to depend upon another for its life; each must maintain its own personal relationship to the vine. Thus, salvation is conditional upon abiding in Christ until the end.

Before his sin, when King David was walking in the counsel of God, he was called a man after God’s own heart. But when he sinned, this ceased to be true of him (Psalm 32:1-4) till by sincere repentance he had returned to the Lord with all his heart (Psalm 51:1-14) and was completely forgiven (Psalm 32:5-7). Yet, he still had to reap the painful fruits of the sins he had committed (2 Samuel 12:10).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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