“Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?”
2 Samuel 12:9
These words were spoken to King David after his adultery with Bathsheba and his attempt at a coverup – the result being the death of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband, in battle. The Prophet Nathan continues in the next verse: ‘Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ (vs 10)
If you had asked King David if he despised the Lord God, there would never have been a time in his entire life where he would have answered ‘yes.’ David loved God and worshipped Him with abandon throughout his life. He gave honor to God and lived to serve God.
Most of the time.
David broke 2 of the 10 Commandments in 2 Samuel 11. The Psalms would indicate that this wasn’t the only time in David’s life where he sinned against God, but these events are significant in his life. Temptation gave way to sin which resulted in the wrongful death of a righteous man. A child was born, and would die. Deep pain resulted because David despised the Lord.
David wouldn’t ever say, “I despise the Lord.” This is God’s perspective, however.
Everyone is tempted in all manner of ways, but when we yield to what tempts us we are despising the Lord. How? If we are unable or unwilling to turn our eyes or mouths or hearts away from the temptation and turn to God, we are not valuing Him at all. He is meaningless to us. We are living for our own selfishness and not for His glory in our lives.
For those of us who know and love God, we would never say in those moments of sin, ‘I despise Jesus.”
def. Despise: “to regard as negligible, worthless or distasteful”
God is awesome. Because of who He is and what He has done, He becomes all we see. The only way He cannot be everything to us is if we turn away. In those moments He becomes negligible. We turn our gaze away from Him and to all the pretty things that steal our hearts away (Tenth Avenue North lyrics). We despise God.
King David lived out what Jesus said, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12) David was quick to repent of His sin and God forgave Him (2 Samuel 12:13).
The Bible, if nothing else, is honest about its heroes. We learn from the positive and the negative stories, which is helpful and encouraging.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness and forgiveness to me. I live today with You in full view. Consume all of me and lead me in Your ways.