Saturday, June 12, 2010

David's fall

David's fall, 2 Samuel 11:27

How David, when by sin deceived,
From bad to worse went on!
For when the Holy Spirit's grieved,
Our strength and guard are gone.

His eye on Bathsheba once fixed,
With poison filled his soul;
He ventured on adultery next,
And murder crowned the whole.

So from a spark of fire at first,
That has not been descried;
A dreadful flame has often burst,
And ravaged far and wide.

When sin deceives it hardens too,
For though he vainly fought
To hide his crimes from public view,
Of God he little thought.

He neither would, or could repent,
No true compunction felt;
'Till God in mercy Nathan sent,
His stubborn heart to melt.

The parable held forth a fact,
Designed his case to show;
But though the picture was exact,
Himself he did not know.

"Thou art the man," the prophet said,
That word his slumber broke;
And when he owned his sin, and prayed,
The Lord forgiveness spoke.

Let those who think they stand, beware,
For David stood before;
Nor let the fallen soul despair,
For mercy can restore.

John Newton (1725-1807)
Olney Hymns, 1779

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fall of man can be sudden, yet sure. In the twinkling of an eye, the complexion of life turns from green pastures of the springtime to a blinding blizzard.

Will man heed the actions of God, when He may be trying his existence for a greater purpose? Will man brush aside God, and yet call upon Him when he believes it is convenient? May we be as one who has an abundant supply of logs for the fire, when we know the signs of changing weather.