We are coming towards the end of David's life. There are still some good themes to explore from this period of David's life. But there are also some lessons that David and the nation with him still needed to learn.
Pride seems to be the problem that surfaces in David's and the nation's heart by the incident of the census-taking in 1 Samuel 24. It was David taking pride in the number of men he had the rule over. Even Joab bridled at the thought of doing this and remonstrated with David. But David would not be deterred.
Pride is endemic in the sinful human heart. We think we are the most important people on earth and that we are too important to fail. We can deceive ourselves into thinking we are so special that we are above the law and can do things that other people cannot.
1: Ambushed by pride 2: Pride brings ruin 3: But the Lord brings good out of our folly