2 Samuel 11:27 KJV
And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.
Our reasonings, wranglings and wrestlings to make what we do seem all right or at least covered up never really work.
David had sinned greatly and his sin was about to be uncovered. It was quite the process to get this covered.
• First his bringing Uriah home.
• Then his effort to get Uriah to sleep with his wife.
• Finally his plan to have Uriah slain in battle.
At last; success! Uriah was gone and it happened in the thick of battle. Men die in battle. It is too bad, but it is an accepted fact. This thing is done...
But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.
Just for today let's never mind the consequences and follow up to this account. This is sufficient for some serious consideration.
The thing David had done displeased the Lord.
Had David gotten away with it. Had there been no other consequence, still there is this; the thing he had done displeased the Lord.
The highest sense of morality comes when just that is enough to prevent us from sinning; when it is chastening enough, to know that we have displeased the Lord.