King David's Weakness
David as king faces weakness.
Seeing Bathsheba a married woman bathing, he pursues her.
Having a sleekness,
Forgetting his boyish meekness,
As a once shepherd boy.
He stands arrogant in power.
As his loyalty to God sours,
David breaks God's commandments.
Breaking the law of adultery,
Ordering Bathsheba's husband Uriah to the frontline,
He orders his immediate death.
Taking his last breath,
Breaking the law of murder,
His faith stands at the narrow border.
Torn between good and evil,
Bathsheba becomes pregnant and gives birth to a son.
Nathan the prophet replied.
Your firstborn son will die.
Because of the cost of your sins against God,
David feels God's stiff rod.
But, your sins are forgiven.
Grieving wishing his sins could be undone.
Knowing he has to atone.
David seeks repentance.
Beating his chest,
Hitting his breast,
His firstborn son dies.
Saying, while my son was still alive I fasted wept and grieved.
Thinking the Lord may be gracious and let the child live.
But, now that he's dead.
He can't return back to me.
He finds peace with God once again.
When, God gives Bathsheba another son, named Solomon.
David's broken heart recovers.
Knowing he walks with favor.
With God, and his son Solomon, will be the next anointed one.
David knows he's won God's favor.
His bloodline will lead to Jesus Christ the savior.
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