Then the man explained that he had been seeing a psychiatrist and that his problem was solved. Convinced it was now okay to serve him, the waitress got him a drink. The man took the glass and splashed the drink into the waitress’ astonished face. "I thought you were cured," the shocked waitress screamed. "I am," said the man. "I still do it, but I don’t feel guilty about it anymore."

Benjamin Franklin once stated: "How few there are who have courage enough to own up to their faults, or the resolution enough to mend them!"

The great thing about God is that though we are all guilty we can still be declared righteous. And the sin is totally forgiven as well as forgotten.

David had tried to cover his sin with Bathsheba. When he found out that Bathsheba was with child, he sent for Uriah. Uriah was out with the army fighting in the battle, where David should’ve been. David had Uriah come home and told him to take a break and go home and spend some time with his little wife. Uriah had more character than David at this time and Uriah refused to go home and enjoy the pleasures of his wife while his comrades were in a battle.

And so David takes it a step further and tells his General to put Uriah right in the thick of a battle, and then pull back and leave him there to die. And that is exactly what happens. And so David thinks that he has covered all his bases and that he can have Bathsheba and the child that she is carrying. But God knew what David was doing. And God knows what all of us are doing when we try to cover our sins!!!!

Look at II Samuel 11:3-15 and also verses 26 & 27.

About a year passes between this event and II Samuel chapter 12. David had to deal with the guilt of his sin for an entire year. Look at what David wrote in Psalm 32:3&4 about how he felt before he was exposed by Nathan the prophet,

"When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer."

As a result of not confessing his sins, David was affected physically in the sapping of his energy and emotionally by his roaring (groaning). Sleep escaped him. Life became barren. He felt the heavy hand of God’s chastisement upon him.

At last Nathan was sent to confront the king. However, instead of direct condemnation, a folksy parable was used to disarm David from any attempt at self-justification. Look at it again in II Samuel 12:1-6,

"And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him. And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."

Remember some time had elapsed, but the moment of truth arrived for Israel’s second king, David. David’s time had come. How he would respond was critical. Again, God sent His prophet to rebuke and restore His servant. We should thank God for men of God who speak the truth of God to the people of God!!!! Don’t get mad at the preacher or teacher who tells you the truth!!!! We must call sin sin!!!! Don’t get mad get right with God!!!

David’s response was to punish the man in Nathan’s parable. Little did he know that he was condemning himself.

Story:

Queen Elizabeth I, England’s most famous queen, had a special favorite among her noble courtiers, the Earl of Essex. One day Elizabeth gave him her ring as an indication of her affection and promised him that if ever he were accused of a crime, he had only to send that ring to her, and she would at once grant him audience so that he might himself plead his case before her. The day came when he needed that ring, for he was accused of conspiracy and high treason. He was executed, for the ring Elizabeth had given him was never presented to her.

The years passed. Then one day the Countess of Nottingham, a relative but certainly no friend of the earl, lay dying herself. She sent a message to Elizabeth asking the queen to come to her. She had a confession which must be made if she were to die in peace. Elizabeth duly arrived at the deathbed and the countess produced the ring the queen had once given to the Earl of Essex, her favorite. It seems that the Earl had given the ring to the Countess with the urgent request that it be taken straight to Queen Elizabeth, but the Countess had betrayed his trust. Now, in her last moments, she entreated Elizabeth’s forgiveness.

At the sight of the ring Elizabeth was livid with rage. She seized the dying countess in her bed and shook her until her teeth rattled. "God may forgive you," she screamed, "God may forgive you madam, but I never shall."

Also in a rage over the parable, David’s judgment was that the man deserved to die and that he must "restore the lamb fourfold." This restoration of property was in accordance with Mosaic Law. The sentence had been passed. Nathan turned to the king an applied the parable directly to him. Look at II Samuel 12:7,

"And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man."

Continuing his rebuke, Nathan shamed David by reminding him of God’s blessings in four simple statements. Look again at verses 7 & 8,

"And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel (He gave him power), and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul (He gave him protection); And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah (He gave him provision). and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. (He gave him promise)"

David’s basic problem is mentioned in verse 9, look at it,

"Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in his sight?"

The word "despise" means "to regard a thing as of little value, to treat lightly." David had taken a light view of God’s command in committing adultery and murder. Inevitably his light view of God’s Word also meant a light view of God Himself.

Look at verse 10,

"Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me."
The effects of David’s sin would be bloodshed in his own house, rebellion from among his children, and sexual defilement within his own family. These judgments would both private and public since David was in leadership and bore greater responsibility, accompanied by greater accountability.

We saw David’s guilt exposed, now see,

#2) His Grief Expressed:
Facing his guilt honestly and openly, David confessed that he had sinned. Look at verse 13,

"And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD."

After David’s confession, Nathan guaranteed the King that he would not die as prescribed in the Law. Look again at verse 13,

"And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die."

Does this mean that David was totally pardoned from wrongdoing because he was the King? Not really.

Because David’s actions had caused God to be disrespected by Israel’s enemies, God had to demonstrate His displeasure by taking the life of the child born to David and Bathsheba. Look at verse 14,

"Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die."

Even though God forgave David and said that He put away David’s sin and that David would not die, there are consequences of sin. God’s good name would be blasphemed among the enemies and so the life of the child was taken. Not only that, there were other consequences as well. Look at verses 10-12 again,

"Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun."

God was not going back on his promise of forgiveness. By these additional consequences, He was warning the entire community that even the king cannot sin without consequences. He was using David’s sin as a stern warning to all Israel. The vital principle that must be understood about continuing consequences is this: Continuing consequences always have some good and beneficial purpose that must never be construed as the punishment of a forgiven sinner.

And so the child died just like God had said. Even though David knew that there were consequences for his sin, he still grieved for his child. Sometimes we know that there are going to be consequences for our sin, and we go ahead and sin anyway. There is going to be a time of grieving and it’s a part of the restoration process. Look at verses 14-16,

"Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die. And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth."

David’s only comfort for his grief was in the Lord God Himself. And that is where we must go for comfort as well.

Story:

A miserable looking woman recognized F. B. Meyer on a train and ventured to share her burden with him. For years she had cared for a crippled daughter who brought great joy to her life. She made tea for her each morning, then left for work, knowing that in the evening the daughter would be there when she arrived home. But the daughter had died, and the grieving mother was alone and miserable. Home was not "home" anymore.

Meyer gave her wise counsel. "When you get home and put the key in the door," he said, "say aloud, ‘Jesus, I know You are here!’ and be ready to greet Him directly when you open the door.

And as you light the fire tell Him what has happened during the day; if anybody has been kind, tell Him; if anybody has been unkind, tell Him, just as you would have told your daughter. At night stretch out your hand in the darkness and say, ‘Jesus, I know You are here!’"

Some months later, Meyer was back in that neighborhood and met the woman again, but he did not recognize her. Her face radiated joy instead of misery. "I did as you told me," she said, "and it has made all the difference in my life, and now I feel I know Him."

We saw David’s guilt exposed and his grief expressed, and now I want you to see,

#3) Grace Experienced:

Although David experienced the high cost of sin and its consequences, and even though he lost the joy of his salvation, he knew that God was gracious by sparing his life. In fact David even held out hope that God may spare the life of the child. Look at verses 19-23,

"Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."

Of course we know that the child died, but as David said in verse 23, he would see him again by the grace of God! And the grace of God would also allow David to have another child, Solomon, the future King to succeed him. God also gave David a great victory in the battle with his enemies and David had a renewed relationship with God. All because of God’s grace.

The Bible says that "where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."

God told Paul, "My grace is sufficient for thee."

It was sufficient for David at this time in his life, and it’s sufficient for you today if you are here without Christ. It is also sufficient if you are saved and you have unconfessed sin in your life. There is no sin that can’t be forgiven by the Lord.

Story:

There was an advertisement on the side of a plumber’s van in South Africa:  It said, "There is no place too deep, too dark or too dirty for us to handle."  What a wonderful explanation of the grace of God!

The Bible says that we are saved by God’s grace and we are given a measure of grace each day to live the Christian life. David tasted of the grace of God and although he had consequences for his sin, God forgave him and used him as King in Israel. God even said that David was a man after His own heart.

What about you today? Have you ever trusted Christ as your personal Savior? God’s grace is greater than all your sin. He wants you to come this morning and have your sins forgiven by His grace. And if you’re saved this morning, God wants to give you His grace to live the Christian life day by day. If you are saved and perhaps you are living with guilt and sin in your life, than you come and confess your sin to an almighty God who can forgive and cleanse you. Whatever your need is, you come as we sing.