by John Barnett

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David: Coming Back to God (26 of 49)
Series: Discovering David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett
Psalm 51

David fell so far, so fast—he didn't even realize it until the dullness of his soul spread to every inch of his spiritual life.

Soon his cold heart was combined with his tormented soul and trapped in a painfully chastened body.

David was at the bottom, and he stayed there for almost a year.

Almost a year—did that length of time strike you?


Think of who we are talking about, that fell so far away from the God he so passionately loved and served.
• A man that God talked to directly by way of inspiration;
• a man who knew the indwelling Presence of God the Spirit;
• a man who had the direct line to God's Throne by way of prophets;
• a man who could enter the very tent of God built to the specs God left;
• a man who had held perhaps the very scrolls Moses had written down;
• a man who may have seen the stone tablets of the law that were kept in the ark;
• a man who had seen God's supernatural protection month after month in hand to hand combat as David was never defeated on the battlefield—and as far as we know, never even wounded by arrow, sword, spear or sling stone, though there had been tens of thousands pointed at him and held by those who hated him and wanted him dead.

That man who knew God, experienced God's presence, loved God, sang scores of songs inspired by God, wrote chapters of the eternal Word of God—that man seemed to lose touch with God for a YEAR!

Now, think about yourself.
David knew the same God we know.
David wrote the same Bible we read.
David sang the same songs we sing.
David felt the same closeness we feel and probably even more so that many of us have ever felt.

Yet he stayed away from God for almost a whole year.

Maybe we shouldn't give up on people so fast. Maybe we shouldn't stop praying so easily. Maybe we shouldn't be so quick to write them off and erase them from ...

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