One of Solomon’s repeated conclusions in Ecclesiastes is that satisfaction and contentment can only truly be found in God and what He gives. The life of King David provides an interesting illustration of Solomon’s conclusion.
King David was a man who had a heart reflective of God’s, but he wasn’t perfect. Perhaps one of his most poignant failures was his affair with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband. You can find the story in 2 Samuel 11.
There is a particular conversation in the next chapter that is of interest. On behalf of God, Nathan the prophet confronts David. King David acknowledges his sin and repents before God. God’s response through Nathan is interesting.
2 Samuel 12:7a-8 reads, “…I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more.”
If all the riches and power and protection and the wives you have weren’t enough, God says, I could have given you more! David wasn’t satisfied with what God had given him or could still give to him – David took what God hadn’t given.
It wasn’t the wealth or the power or even the polygamy that God frowned on, it was David’s pursuit of satisfaction beyond what God had given.