A mix of good and bad, the end of David's life is a summary of David's entire life, and serves as a reminder that David's story isn't about how good or special David was, but how faithful God is.
After David sins with Bathsheba, he sins again by trying to cover it up. This raises the question... how do we deal with our sin? There are a lot of wrong ways that we tend to try and handle our sin, but only one right way, and that is to repent. What is repentance and how do we practice repentance regularly in our lives?
Read Psalm 51 and then write out your own prayer of repentance to God.
Small Group Discussion Questions
Series: King… the story of David (Part 8)
Texts: II Samuel 11:6-17; II Samuel 12:1-10; Psalm 51:1-17
1. David initially responds to his sin the wrong way. As mentioned, there are a lot of wrong ways people tend to respond to sin in their lives (blaming others, trying to justify it, comparing our sin to others, minimizing it, etc…). Why do you think our first response is usually to respond to sin in sinful ways? What is usually the result of that?
2. Like David, have you ever tried to cover up a sinful mistake only to discover that it actually made the problem worse or led you deeper into sin? In other words, have you ever tried to dig yourself out of a hole only to find that you just made the hole bigger?
3. What does true repentance mean? What does it look like? How does repentance differ from confession? Why is confession alone not enough?
4. Romans 2:4 says that God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance. How so? Can you give an example of how God’s kindness in your life has led you to repentance?
5. Read Psalm 32:1-5. What do you think David means when he says in verse 3, “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted aways…?” What can/should we learn from this about trying to hide our sin?
6. David’s sin with Bathsheba didn’t just happen. There were some reasons that he sinned the way he did. Most scholars believe that his sin with Bathsheba was premeditated and carefully planned. The temptation to sin is all around us just as it was for David. With that in mind, what are some practical things we can do to avoid falling into sin the way David did? What barriers or accountability have you put in place to avoid such temptation?
7. The action step this week is to read Psalm 51 and then write out your own prayer of repentance to God. Have you had a chance to do this yet, or have you ever done it before? If so, what was that process like? Was it helpful to you? How so?