“And when her mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD” (2 Sam. 11:27).
It seems today that celebrities can’t do anything in secret; the paparazzi post themselves around their homes, tail their cars, and even tap their phones to uncover juicy celebrity tidbits. Rulers, however, seem to get away with their deeds because their power protects them.
David thinks he has power enough to protect him from the exposure of his sin. When he commits adultery, he thinks he has covered the sin—but the woman becomes pregnant. David tries to cover his sin by bringing her husband home, but again exposure looms, because the husband's fidelity to the king does not permit him to go home to his wife. David’s final attempt to conceal his sin crosses another, far more serious, moral line—he abuses his power to murder a loyal subordinate. Still, he has not covered his sin.
Or has he? The story does not end with sin covered, but with God's displeasure: "But the thing David had done displeased the LORD" (11:27). David's cover-up attempts are a dismal failure because he has forgotten that the only One who matters sees all and uncovers in His time. God exposes David's sin before all, punishes him before all, and even teaches him forgiveness in a public manner.
Moses had warned the two-and-a-half tribes against unfaithfulness to the LORD, "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Num. 32:23). Solomon wrote long ago, "He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Prov. 28:13). God has a way of expressing His displeasure that exposes our sin, exalts His holiness, and features His mercy.
The best followup to our sin is swift confession and true forsaking; covering up sin only brings painful exposure. Paul well says, “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Cor. 11:31).
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