David, a man after God’s very own heart, killed the innocent (Bathsheba’s husband) and spared the guilty (Saul).

When David was running away from Saul, he hid in a cave. To his surprise, Saul was sleeping on the other side of the cave. David went over to him, and as he stood next to him, he had the advantage and could have struck him dead. After all, wasn’t he the man who had caused him much pain and wanted to kill him? Despite his companion’s advice and the feelings battling within him, he said, “I will not lay my hand against who the Lord has anointed as king.”

Later, David slept with Bathsheba, and to hide it and her pregnancy, he strategically had her husband killed in battle after he wouldn’t sleep with his wife. Being a king, this could have gone unnoticed. After all, he had all the power. But a prophet questioned him, which brought about David’s famous words in Psalm 51:10-12:

Create in me a clean heart, O God.
Renew a loyal spirit within me.
Do not banish me from your presence,
and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you. (NLT)

So what happened? Why the two occurrences?

In scenario one, it would be normal to think it justice to kill your enemy, especially when the enemy falls into your hands with no effort on your part. But this truth was not obvious to David. He could not touch the anointed of the Lord, who the Lord had chosen. Every person is God’s anointed, whether they have discovered it or not. No matter how they have hurt you—whether being the cause of your demotion or taking your job—do not touch the anointed of the Lord. Let the Lord take vengeance on your behalf.

In the second scenario, shouldn’t it have been obvious to David that he was sinning? Apparently not. Sometimes we are not aware of how we hurt others. Let us ask the Lord to help us be sensitive enough to know when we hurt or fail others and have the courage to repent immediately when it is made known to us, especially when discharging our duties at work. May we be ever so sensitive to the Holy Spirit in us.

Stay blessed. To God be the glory.