There are many tragedies in Scripture, and this is one of them. A whole chapter devoted to David’s adultery, deception, and murder of one not an Israelite. However, in the Jewish Talmud, David did not sin at all; in fact, this union (marriage) with Bathsheba was “predestined…from the beginning of Creation” (ArtScroll, p. 264).
In the previous chapter the Ammonites picked a fight with the Israelites, and it turned into a losing occasion for them. In the meantime David stayed behind and on the occasion he saw a beautiful woman bathing. Falling headlong into the sentiment of 1 John 2:15-16, David committed adultery with her. To make it worse he tried to hide it from her husband, who had been called back from the battlefield. David tried to hide from it by covering it up; having called Uriah from the battlefield, he told him to go home, hoping he and his wife would have intimate relations (which would have been entirely normal). Uriah, however, was an honorable man and not one to give himself satisfaction when his men were in the field. David then covers his own transgression by committing another – killing Uriah.
Application: The Scriptures are clear that what a man sows he will reap (Galatians 6:7). If he sows in secret what he has sown will be found out (Numbers 32:23). It’s painful, and when one experiences humiliation like David did, walking underneath the proverbial “pregnant ant” will be easy! There are many people like David; even those who try to do right. With man’s weakness being what it is, it is our opportunity to try to help that weak one “right his ship.” Be sure, however, to never lose sight of 1 Corinthians 9:27.