Know, Serve, Seek, & Trust

Here are the notes from the sermon Sunday, July 22nd.

I Chronicles 28:2-10 (NKJ)

Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Hear me, my brethren and my people: I had it in my heart to build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had made preparations to build it. But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’ However the Lord God of Israel chose me above all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever, for He has chosen Judah to be the ruler. And of the house of Judah, the house of my father, and among the sons of my father, He was pleased with me to make me king over all Israel. And of all my sons (for the Lord has given me many sons) He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the Lord over Israel. Now He said to me, ‘It is your son Solomon who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be My son, and I will be his Father. Moreover I will establish his kingdom forever, if he is steadfast to observe My commandments and My judgments, as it is this day.’ Now therefore, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the Lord, and in the hearing of our God, be careful to seek out all the commandments of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land, and leave it as an inheritance for your children after you forever.

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. 10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be strong, and do it.”

I very much appreciate the words of encouragement and direction that King David gives to his son Solomon.

I.  Know God:  We can get to know God first of all through reading the Bible.  In the Bible, God reveals himself to us.  We can spend a lifetime studying the scriptures and will never come to the end of the knowledge and understanding of God that can be gleaned from the pages of the Word.

We also get to know God by spending time in His presence in prayer.  The Spirit of God will speak to our hearts and give us greater understanding of the character of God.

II.  Serve God:  We are called not just to know God, but to serve God.  It is not just our thoughts and feelings, but our actions count as well.  We are to serve Him will a loyal heart, and a willing mind.  This is not only for clergy, but for all people.  Whatever we do, we can, and ought, to do as unto the Lord.

III.  Seek God:  We are called to continue to seek God.  God is always present, but our spiritual eyes are not always open.  We should seek to be aware of the presence of God at all times.  In light of the knowledge that Solomon drifted away from God in his later years, this admonition should be taken seriously.  We should seek God throughout our lives.

IV.  Trust God:  I Chronicles 28:20: “And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.”

As we live our lives growing in our knowledge of God, serving God and seeking God; we can also continually trust God.  He has promised to be with us always.  He will not leave us or forsake us.  In times of difficulty, He has not abandoned us.  We do not face the adventures of this life alone.  God is with us always.


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