You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Psalm Is About You
by Joseph Franks
David, like almost every other hero in Scripture, is a complex figure. He is legendary in his worship and faithfulness. He is also a man who carries with him a reputation for committing great iniquity. His pride results in the defilement of Bathsheba and death of their son. His haughtiness continues on and results in the murder of Uriah. Later, at the end of his reign, his self-centered arrogance continues to show itself, and with his unacceptable census 70,000 Israelites are killed. (2 Samuel 24)
However, David is a man after God’s own heart. He is not one who camps in the valley of wickedness forever. He is like the Prodigal Son who realizes his sin, his misery, his consequences, and his loving Heavenly Father who forgives sin. So David humbles himself, and with a contrite heart seeks reconciliation with his Lord.
Then, on a better day, David composes a…
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