David, the Shepherd-King of Israel, sinned greatly against God. His only hope for refuge was in true repentance and confession. We too may find shelter in the shadow of God’s wings.
Bibles, paper, pencils, two blankets (a tattered, flimsy, blanket and a beautiful quilt)
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- As a child, did you ever play hide-and-seek? Did you have a really clever hiding place where you were not easily found? Share your experience.
- As you listen to others share their experiences, write down the emotions you hear as people share. What do you learn from hearing people share from their hearts?
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- God’s wings cover and protect us. Draw a simple picture of an eagle with wings covering her young. On your picture, list what God’s protective wings represent. How and why are you protected? What role do you play in staying protected?
- Thought Questions
In this lesson we’ll study about David’s sin of adultery and his response to Nathan the prophet; it’s a story of covering and uncovering. Review 2 Samuel 11. Did David commit only one sin or many sins?
David uncovered himself at the wrong time (with Bathsheba) and then tried to cover himself to avoid responsibility. Nathan the prophet exposed David’s flimsy lie. Read 2 Samuel 12 and study the steps of repentance.
- David plainly said, “I have sinned against the Lord.” He didn’t avoid, blame, hide, or cover up his sin.
- David pleaded with God for the child that was born because of his sin.
- He fasted and prayed.
- He apparently removed his kingly garments (see v. 20).
- He lay prostrate on the ground.
Psalm 32 powerfully captures the essence of repentance, confession, and forgiveness. Read this chapter and pay close attention to the concept of sins being “covered.” What do you learn from this psalm about covering sin?
- It is a huge blessing to know your sins are covered.
- When you try to avoid your sin (being silent), it will definitely affect you deep inside.
- God’s forgiveness only comes after acknowledging sin specifically.
- Forgiven sin brings you into God’s hiding place, protected from the ultimate impact of sin—eternal death.
- Joy is in the heart of those who are forgiven.
Psalm 51 was written by David in response to Nathan’s message. Read through this psalm and look for the parts that you especially desire for your own personal experience at this time in your life.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1:Look at the two blankets displayed by your group leader and observe with your group how these two symbols compare and contrast with our human attempts to cover sin and with heaven’s true way of covering sin.
- Option 2: Perhaps repenting in “sackcloth and ashes” is not such a bad idea. Only after repenting and fasting did David wash up and change his clothes. Create a list of healthy ways to move toward deeper repentance; share your list with the group.
- Option 3: Your neighbor confesses to you, “I have deeply hurt my spouse. I had an affair. I don’t see this person anymore, but my spouse is so hurt. I don’t know what to do.” Based on what you’ve learned in today’s lesson, what tips could you share with your neighbor?
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- For just a few moments, sit quietly in prayer and ask God, “Lord, am I covering sin in my life in any way? If so, please reveal it to me.” Listen for the Holy Spirit to speak to your conscience.
- In groups of two or three, pray and confess before God. Be as open as is appropriate in your prayer time. Cry out to God as David did. Use words and phrases in your prayer from Psalm 32 and Psalm 51.