In these chapters we continue to behold the demise of King David’s family through the shameful conspiracy of his son Absalom to overthrow King David from the throne of Israel, the continued defaming of his father’s concubine before all Israel, the end of Absalom’s life, and the king’s tenderized heart in the midst of all these events. King David was a broken man.
Nevertheless, through it all David demonstrates his resolute trust in the sovereignty of the LORD God Almighty, whether it favors his rule or threatens it. His brokenness does not prevent him from understanding God’s rule over his own times. Reading these passages remains heart wrenching for me seeing both the greatness and wretchedness of God’s servants. Oh God, move in my life!