David’s failures as transformational experience

After David’s chain of colossal moral failures and sins – abuse of power, adultery, murder, breach of  trust (and the list can go on and on) –  the prophet Nathan woke him up to face the consequences  (2 Samuel 12).

First, David accepted his failures: “I have sinned against the Lord”, he declared (2 Sam.12:13). Then he fasted and mourned. He was devastated, in other words. These were extraordinary failures by any standards.

Even then, he knew he had to move on. “But now he (the child) is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?…(2 Sam. 12:23). David could have mourned and fasted and stayed depressed  for the rest of his life, but that would not have changed what had happened.

We commented recently that there is nothing anyone can do about the past, but to be wiser and focus on the present on which the future will be built. Stop wishing for a better past.

According to tradition, David wrote several psalms which still touch lives of millions to this day. One of them is the penitential psalm 51.

The past, and the mistakes and failures associated with it, can only provide lessons and wisdom for the present and the future. Similarly with achievements and glorious moments. Life must be lived in the present

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