The darkest hour in David’s life is his sin with Bathsheba. He began by not going out to battle with his people as kings were suppose to. Smaller sins can lead to larger ones. David was a man after God’s own heart, a faithful man. And yet none of us are exempt from falling. We must be careful. But David, like Peter after him, repents and comes back to God. You are never too far away from God if you will come back to Him. God forgives David and yet the sword would not leave his house. Even when we are forgiven there can still be consequences for what we have done. Later David takes a census of the people and sins against God. The taking of a census was not wrong in and of itself but it appears David took the census out of pride. David would offer sacrifice and prayer to God and God would have mercy on Israel. We must be a people who pray. God knows what we need before we ask Him and yet at the same time we have not because we ask not. Let’s be people of prayer.