“And Uriah said unto David, ‘The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing.” 2 Samuel 11:11 (KJB)
Uriah was a Hittite (verse 3) who had become a faithful and loyal follower of Jehovah. You will notice the very first thing he mentions to the King is “The ark…” You will note also his heart for the people, the men on the battle field sleeping in tents.
He has been called by the King to aid in covering the king’s sin with his wife Bathsheba. I am just going to point out the heart and mind of Uriah the Hittite.
Uriah is an often overlooked character in the story of King David. He had evidently chosen to follow Jehovah or YaHWeH. He is also named as one of the king’s top men in 2 Samuel 23:29. He was a soldier of the Lord and of the King. He was faithful to God, King and country.
Uriah’s king failed him; but his God did not. God never fails, and he honors those who stand with Him. David had the man murdered in an elaborate scheme to cover his own sin.
We as Christians can always stand with God and what is right according to His word and His law. We can remain loyal to our nations leaders when they follow the law of our nation, and live by them. We can be loyal to our nation as it follows the way and will of God. Our first citizenship is in heaven (Ephesians 2:19; Philippians 3:20).
Let us be faithful and true to God and country, and thus to our leaders as they follow the Lord and are faithful to Him and to the law. The King of all kings is Jesus Christ. Let us remember the words of Proverbs 21:1, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as rivers of water: He turneth whithersoever He will.”