What does the Bible say about praise? Psalm 34:1 answers that question perfectly.
Scripture Study Reference: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:-25
An Abbreviated Character Study: David after his betrayal and trickery
– He saw a woman washing herself and sent messengers and took her.
– He lay with the woman he took, even after knowing she was the wife of another.
– He sent for, plotted against, set up and marked for death the husband of the woman he committed adultery with.
– Upon hearing the news of Uriah’s death, he indicated that it should not displease (disturb) his servant.
– David eventually acknowledged that he had sinned against the LORD. (2 Samuel 12:13)
Special Note: The LORD was displeased with what David had done. (2 Samuel 11:27, 12:7-12)
Study Tip: Notice the significance of each act, occurrence, and circumstance after such time that David was confronted by the LORD through His prophet Nathan.Try to see the God-connect. Reflect on why the event was, is, or might be so noteworthy.
– Despite the unwise choices and resultant actions of David, the LORD still communicated with him via His prophet, Nathan.
– The LORD spoke to David in such a way that he would/could understand why what he did was so wrong. (Spiritual Enrichment Exercise: Go back and read the story that Nathan used with David. Insert the names of David and Uriah into the reading. Make note of how much more impactful it is when personalized. Thereafter, read aloud 2 Samuel 12:7-12.)
– The LORD put away the sin of David and did not take his life.
– The LORD foretold of what David would have to endure as a result of his poor choices.
– Because of God’s mercy, David was granted an opportunity to deeply commune with the LORD via praying, fasting, and worshipping. (Spiritual Life Fitness Challenge: Research and apply, as needed, each one of the aforementioned spiritual practices. Share what you learn with at least one other person.)
– David and Bathsheba were blessed to have another son, Solomon, whom the LORD loved.
Praise Opportunity (the place where grateful homage could have been rendered to God): Go through the verses as well as the listed significant acts and, in your own words, write down each moment that a praise belongs.
Praise Proof (tested and approved): Personalize this message. Relate what you have discovered to your life. (Example: If God has allowed you to live another day and granted you the chance to repent, where might your praise go up? If the LORD has sent a messenger or messengers to you to clarify His truths so that you might know and understand, where might your praise go up? If God has given you an opportunity to worship Him in spirit and in truth, where might your praise go up? How might you proclaim the greatness of God and His Kingdom works right now in this season?)
What is the overall lesson that you learned from this study?