Posts Tagged ‘King David’

A Prayer of David

June 9, 2016

Sometimes our prayers can reveal what is in our hearts.  David said a prayer at the dedication of the materials that had been collected to build the temple that revealed many things about his understanding of God.

I Chronicles 29:10-18

Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said:

“Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.
12 Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.

13 “Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious name.
14 But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You.
15 For we are aliens and pilgrims before You,
As were all our fathers;
Our days on earth are as a shadow,
And without hope.

16 “O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own. 17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You. 18 O Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You.

I.  Everything Belongs to God

If you are going to believe in a god, it might as well be a big god.  The God of the Bible is indeed over all.  Everything is His.  What we have, we do not own, we are merely stewards or managers.

II.  Everything Comes From God

Sometimes we think that we have worked hard for our belongings.  That nobody ever gave us anything.  We may fail to recognize that at any time our life could end or our health could fail.  Our best efforts could be thwarted.  Things may not turn out the way that we would hope.

We should do our part.  We should plan carefully and work hard, but we should recognize that unless God blesses our efforts, we will fail.

III.  We Should Give God Thanks and Praise

Since everything we have ultimately comes from God, we should give God thanks and praise.  This is not meant to be an annual tradition, done only at Thanksgiving, but a normal part of everyday.

IV.  God Will Test Us

Will we be obedient to His Word and His Spirit?  Many people want to do their own thing rather than submit to what God wants us to do.

Will we trust Him?  Sometimes things do not go well for us.  Sometimes we are tested in our finances, our families, our jobs, really in all areas of our life.  Will we trust God to bring us through the storms of life?  God is worthy of our trust.

Will we love God more than the things of the world?  The things of the world can demand our attention.  They can be very attractive.  They can be a lot of fun.  Will we love the things of the world more than we love God?  God should be the most important thing in our lives.

V.  Have a Heart for God

God loves us.  Will we love God?  Will we take the time to be in His presence?  To seek His face?  We should have a heart for God.  We should desire to be with Him more than anything else.

This prayer of David revealed some of his thoughts about God.  They would be good to include in our own life.

These are the sermon notes from 6/4/16.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them. 

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Lessons From King David

January 20, 2015

David is known as a man after God’s own heart.  We can look to his life for lessons for our own lives.

I.  God Looks at the Heart:  I Samuel 16:7

 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Saul had been anointed by Samuel, by the direction of God, to be the first king of Israel.  Saul had not been faithful to follow God with his whole heart and so God had sent Samuel to anoint the person who would be the next king of Israel.  The eldest son had been presented to Samuel, and he was impressive in appearance, but God was not looking for an impressive appearance.

In secular ethics, there are different approaches to determining right and wrong.  Some focus on the rules.  With all the rules that God sets forth, some might think that God focuses on the rules, but that would be wrong.  Some focus on the results, that too, would be wrong.  With God, it is about our heart.  We are first and foremost to have a heart for God, to love God with our whole heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.

II. Confidence in God:  I Samuel 17:37 & 45

 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

This passage is from the famous story of David and Goliath.

What God has done in the past inspires hope for what God will do in the future.  That is one reason why we share testimonies.  The stories of what God has done in the lives of our family and friends inspires hope that God will work in our life as well.  David had experienced God’s help as a young shepherd and it gave him confidence in the present crisis.  His trust was not placed in his own skill, but in the knowledge that God was with him.

It is important to note, that God did use what David had in the way of abilities.  David did not face Goliath with armor, shield and sword; but with the shepherd’s staff and sling.

God can bless what we offer to Him to use.

III.  God is Our Strength:  I Samuel 30:6

Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

At this time, before David was king, his followers had left their families in a town and gone off to battle.  While they were gone, the town had been attacked and all the people captured.  When David and his men returned to the town, they were greatly distressed and grieved.  David’s response was to turn to God for strength.

God is our strength.

If we could only remember this one thing.  When we are overwhelmed, we should turn to the rock of our salvation.  We should turn to God for strength.  He will help those who trust in Him.

David and his men pursued the army that had captured their families and were able to rescue them all.

We should love God with all our heart.  We can have complete confidence in Him.  He is our strength.

These are the sermon notes from 12/28.  Any advertisements that might appear are placed by WordPress.  I have no control over them, nor do I receive any money from them.

 

Pray, Plan, Proceed

October 3, 2013

Here are the sermon notes from 9/29/13.

Introduction:  This message comes from the life of King David.  He was considered a great man of God, but he still had his share of problems.  One of the biggest problems that he faced was a rebellion against his leadership led by his own son, Absalom.

Absalom had spent years currying the favor of the nation.  When the time was right, he gathered his supporters together in an attempt to take over the kingdom.  David did not want to fight this battle at Jerusalem so he and his men planned to leave the city to Absalom.  That is where we pick up the story.

I.  Prayer: II Samuel 15:31-37

  Then someone told David, saying, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!”

32 Now it happened when David had come to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God—there was Hushai the Archite coming to meet him with his robe torn and dust on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go on with me, then you will become a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city, and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I was your father’s servant previously, so I will now also be your servant,’ then you may defeat the counsel of Ahithophel for me. 35 And do you not have Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? Therefore it will be that whatever you hear from the king’s house, you shall tell to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Indeed they have there with them their two sons, Ahimaaz, Zadok’s son, and Jonathan, Abiathar’s son; and by them you shall send me everything you hear.”

37 So Hushai, David’s friend, went into the city. And Absalom came into Jerusalem.

Ahithophel was a wise counselor.  When David heard that Ahithophel was with Absalom his first response was to pray that God would turn his counsel into foolishness.  After prayer, David came up with a desperate plan.  His friend and counselor, Hushai, would remain behind, pretend to defect, and act as a spy for David.

II.  Confrontation:  II Samuel 16:15-19

Meanwhile Absalom and all the people, the men of Israel, came to Jerusalem; and Ahithophel was with him. 16 And so it was, when Hushai the Archite, David’s friend, came to Absalom, that Hushai said to Absalom, “Long live the king! Long live the king!”

17 So Absalom said to Hushai, “Is this your loyalty to your friend? Why did you not go with your friend?”

18 And Hushai said to Absalom, “No, but whom the Lord and this people and all the men of Israel choose, his I will be, and with him I will remain. 19 Furthermore, whom should I serve? Should I not serve in the presence of his son? As I have served in your father’s presence, so will I be in your presence.”

When Absalom came into the city, Hushai went to see him.  This was a very dangerous part of the plan because Absalom did not have to believe the story.  Hushai could have been arrested, or killed on the spot.  However, God blessed the plan, and it succeeded.  Absalom believed the story.

III.  Counsel:  II Samuel 17:5-14

Then Absalom said, “Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he says too.” And when Hushai came to Absalom, Absalom spoke to him, saying, “Ahithophel has spoken in this manner. Shall we do as he says? If not, speak up.”

So Hushai said to Absalom: “The advice that Ahithophel has given is not good at this time. For,” said Hushai, “you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not camp with the people. Surely by now he is hidden in some pit, or in some other place. And it will be, when some of them are overthrown at the first, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There is a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’ 10 And even he who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will melt completely. For all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man, and those who are with him are valiant men. 11 Therefore I advise that all Israel be fully gathered to you, from Dan to Beersheba, like the sand that is by the sea for multitude, and that you go to battle in person. 12 So we will come upon him in some place where he may be found, and we will fall on him as the dew falls on the ground. And of him and all the men who are with him there shall not be left so much as one. 13 Moreover, if he has withdrawn into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city; and we will pull it into the river, until there is not one small stone found there.”

14 So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.

Ahithophel had advised Absalom to send men immediately in pursuit of the king.  He believed that the men were probably tired, and disorganized, that they would flee if attacked, and the king could be killed.  It was sound advice.

Hushai also recognized the wisdom of the advice, but he presented a different course of action.  He played on Absalom’s respect for his father and his mighty men.  Absalom had grown up hearing of the exploits of these men and Hushai played on that knowledge to present a different plan.  This plan sounded good, but it would allow David and his men an opportunity to get away and get organized.

Absalom followed the advice of Hushai and it led to his demise.

When we are faced with a problem.  The first response should be to pray.  God can then give us a plan that we should proceed to follow.  If God is with us, who can be against us?  If God directs our steps, we surely shall succeed.

Know, Serve, Seek, & Trust

July 26, 2012

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.

A Father’s Advice

June 19, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, June 17th, which was Fathers’ Day.

I.  A Father’s Advice : I Kings 2:1-4

2 Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: “I go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’

Be Strong:  This is not referring to physical strength, but the strength to live by your convictions; to do the right thing when everyone else is doing the wrong thing, to do the right thing when everyone is watching you, or when no one is watching you.

Prove Yourself A Man:  Our society has a lot of wrong ideas of what it is to be a man.  To be a man from a Biblical perspective is to be able to lead the way spiritually.

Keep the Charge of the Lord:  We are all called to live according to the teaching of scripture.  In addition, each of us has a calling on our lives.  There is something that God has planned for us.  We are to live according to the Word, and to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

That You May Prosper:  Prosperity comes in many forms.  It is not just money, but includes many things that we might not think of at first.

II.  A Prayer For Wisdom  I Kings 3:7-9

Now, O Lord my God, You have made Your servant king instead of my father David, but I am a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And Your servant is in the midst of Your people whom You have chosen, a great people, too numerous to be numbered or counted. Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”

Before we can do what is right, we need to know what is right.  We read the Bible, interpret the Bible and apply the Bible.  There is plenty of room for error.  We need God’s help to correctly complete the process.

So, David’s advice to his son is good advise for us today.  We are to be strong morally, to know what is right, and do it.