2 Samuel 12:16-25
16 David begged God to heal the child. David didn’t eat anything. He spent his nights lying on the ground. He put on the rough clothes people wear when they’re sad. 17 His most trusted servants stood beside him. They wanted him to get up from the ground. But he refused to do it. And he wouldn’t eat any food with them. 18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him the child was dead. They thought, “While the child was still alive, we spoke to David. But he wouldn’t listen to us. So how can we now tell him the child is dead? He might do something terrible to himself.” 19 David saw that his attendants were whispering to one another. Then he realized the child was dead. “Has the child died?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied. “He’s dead.” 20 Then David got up from the ground. After he washed himself, he put on lotions. He changed his clothes. He went into the house of the Lord and worshiped him. Then he went to his own house. He asked for some food. They served it to him. And he ate it. 21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting like this? While the child was still alive, you wouldn’t eat anything. You cried a lot. But now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” 22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I didn’t eat anything. And I cried a lot. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord might have mercy on me. He might let the child live.’ 23 But now he’s dead. So why should I continue to go without food? Can I bring him back to life again? Someday I’ll go to him. But he won’t return to me.” 24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba. He went to her and slept with her. Some time later she had a son. He was given the name Solomon. The Lord loved him. 25 So the Lord sent a message through Nathan the prophet. The Lord said, “Name the boy Jedidiah.”
David pleads with God for the life of his unnamed son from Bathsheba. He is desperate and humbles himself before God. I think he knows the boy will die because of the sin he has committed. The servants are worried about telling David when he dies, for fear of what he will do. But David’s response is amazing. He makes himself look respectable and goes to worship the Lord in the temple.
I would find that so difficult in the midst of grief and guilt over the loss of my child. As David says, what’s done is done, and he returns to his responsibilities. He comforts his wife and by Gods grace they are blessed with another son, Solomon. God names him Jedidiah which means ‘beloved of God’.
When we worship and repent, God provides restoration of relationship and blessing for us too.
Dear Lord please help me to humble myself and repent when I sin, to accept your righteousness in my life. See my distress and reassure me of your forgiveness and desire to bring blessing in the hard times. Amen
Written by Dimity Milne