“So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.” (6) Absalom campaigned to overthrow his father, forcing King David to flee Jerusalem. The consequences of David’s own sins and unreconciled relationships were coming home to roost. Realizing that symbols wouldn’t protect him, David told the priests that the ark of God should stay in Jerusalem; only God’s grace could save him. “If I find favor in the eyes of the LORD, he will bring me back” (25).
“Let Him do to me what seems good to Him” (v26). When we face the consequences of sin, there is no option but to throw ourselves upon God’s mercy. He can and will redeem our lives.