Death of King David’s child
King David’s reaction to the death of his first child to Bathsheba is amazing. God had told David the child would die as the result of his sin (2 Samuel 12:14). Nevertheless David prayed and fasted for the child’s life. After the child died David stopped praying, washed and went to the house of the Lord to worship. Then he ate. Later he explained his actions by saying, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live'” (2 Samuel 12:22).
Even though God had told him that the child would die, David still thought there was a chance God would be gracious and allow the child to live. David had a lot of faith in the compassion and grace of God. However on this occasion God did not relent.
David accepted God’s decision without a word of complaint. David understood God was Sovereign and worthy of worship, even when God disappointed him.
These two things: David’s strong belief in the compassion and grace of God and David’s understanding of the Sovereignty of God, help us to understand why God called him “a man after my own heart” (Act 13:22).