Family Devotion: Life of David – David’s Sin

David's sin

David is a key figure in the Old Testament.  He was a part of Jesus’ family tree.  He killed a bear and a lion and was anointed king, all while he was a boy.  There are several books in the Bible that record his history and he wrote many of the Psalms.  Acts 13:22: “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart.”  There is much that we can learn from him and his life.  This is the first in a series that will take a look at several key moments in his life, including his encounter with Goliath, his friendship with Jonathan, and David’s sin. This series is from FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions.

If you missed it:

part 1: David the Giant Killer

part 2: David’s Friendship

part 3: David’s Sin


Life of David—David’s Sin


Think about it— David was a man after God’s own heart, but he did have his set-backs.  David was a human and made mistakes.  The important thing is that he asked God to forgive him, and he moved forward.  We can learn a lot about repenting from David.



What does the bible say?


Romans 3:23  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God


Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal  life in Jesus Christ our Lord


Read  Luke 15:1-10

What does repent mean?

Who do you think you are in these stories?

  • The shepherd?
  • The lost sheep?
  • The woman looking for coins?
  • The coin?


Read 2 Samuel 12:1-14

  • How did Nathan know David had sinned?
  • What was the consequence for David’s sin?
  • Was David forgiven of his sin?


Final Thought David’s Sin


Sin.  We all do it; no matter how hard we try not to, we still do it.  We disobey, we lie, we cheat, and we can’t help it.  No matter how good we think we are, we are still not good enough.  Even with all the good things David did, he still made his mistakes.


The good thing about it all is that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  And because He died for us, we can be forgiven.


Sin is destructive and has consequences.  We should fight against our sinful desires and pray to ask Jesus to help us resist.  But the times that we do not resist, we need to remember to ask Him to forgive us, and He will!  When we do repent and ask Jesus to forgive us, there is a party in heaven!

If you like this devotion, it is a part of FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions available on Amazon for only .99. You can also check out The Finding Story, a collection of family devotions from a series based on Finding Nemo.




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Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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