In the message, this weekend we heard about the reality of denial.
Denial in its’ textbook definition as a verb is the “refusal to admit the truth or reality of something” (Webster’s).
Someone has said that denial is a form of lying, not so much to others but to ourselves. King David was living in denial about hideous crimes against both Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. He violated marriage vows, and then worked to cover up his actions by having Uriah murdered. Then in denial of any wrong doing, lying to himself, he went on with his life and acted like he did nothing wrong.
Question: What do you think was going on in David’s mind concerning his actions?
(Did he justify his actions because he was the king?) One-day David’s denial caught up with him. In 2 Samuel 12, the prophet of God comes to David with a parallel story of great wrong doing in David’s kingdom. Denial can be so strong that unless we see the situation in another form we may continue to lie to ourselves.