David had tremendous success as the king of God’s nation, Israel. Politically, he made a lot of good choices. Personally, he was a human like the rest of us and so he made mistakes. Sometimes his bad personal choices impacted Israel, as was the case with prince Absalom’s rebellion. A special characteristic of David was his willingness to repent. When confronted with his own sin, David confessed and asked forgiveness.
In 1 Chronicles 20, the tenth century BC, we read of the exploits of David’s army and the rewards he received. This is fascinating since the other failures of David at that time were so devastating. The king of Israel had to suffer much because of his sad and heartbreaking mistakes. Remember that one of the definitions of the word sin is to miss the mark. When we miss the mark of our calling, it is sad and destructive to us.
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