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Current Series: “David: A Life Unfiltered”

“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 7

Text: II Samuel 6:1-15

Date: 8/6/17

“David’s Do-over”

Intro:

One of my all-time favorite movies is “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (some personal anecdotes).

In the story of David, the Ark of the Covenant has an interesting and central moment.

A quick review of the Ark’s history:

  • During the exodus, God gave very specific instructions on building a tabernacle, furnishing it and the procedures for worship.
  • Inside the tabernacle was the Most Holy Place where the ark rested
  • God’s glory would be upon the Mercy Seat of the Ark
  • It was not to be approached casually (ever!)
  • It was to be moved only in a very specific manner, (and only by Levites)
  • At the end of the Judges Era, the Ark was in Shiloh at the tabernacle
  • The Philistines captured it when the Hebrews brought it to the battle in 1 Samuel 4
  • The Philistines placed in the temple of their god Dagon and then found their stone idol of Dagon lying prostrate before the Ark of God in the morning
  • After replacing it on the pedestal, the next morning they found their idol again prostrate before the Ark with the hands and head removed
  • The Philistines suffered great physical plagues until they returned it
  • Once it came back, the Hebrews mishandled it and many of them were struck dead
  • It was eventually placed in the home of Abinadab and left there

For today, I want to look at David’s handling of the Ark. After becoming king over all of Israel, he wanted to bring the Ark to Jerusalem (his capital).

Read 2 Samuel 6:1-2

First, before looking at the events of chapter 6, I would like to consider:

I. David’s Previous Pattern of Decision-making

Read I Samuel 30:6-8

A. He resisted urgent peer-pressure (v.6)

B. He stopped and made the extra effort to be reverent (the ephod)

C. He set aside his track record of victories to inquire of God

Second,

II. David’s Plan for the Ark

Read 6:3-5

A. No record of seeking the Lord

  • It seemed logical
  • Everyone was on-board with it (so it must be right!)
  • Popular opinion was on David’s side

B. He chose to use the world’s pattern for moving it (like the Philistines in I Samuel 6)

C. The Result

Read 6:6-11

  • Death of some he involved
  • Anger at God for his own mistake
  • Fear of repercussions going forward
  • Mission failure

However, there’s more:

III. David’s Do-over

Read 6:12-15

This time, since he was following God’s instructions the results were far different:

A. There was joy (v.15)

B. There was confidence (v.14)

C. There was also criticism (v.16-23)

  • Michal was exposed as having the same attitude of her father Saul
  • Often, when we have a big spiritual victory, there is a joy-killer just waiting to make a comment

As we close,

IV. Conclusion

After time had passed, David wanted to build a permanent home for the Ark, but God spoke through the prophet Nathan and asked, “Have I ever spoken a word to anyone from the tribes of Israel, whom I have commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?””

David was still assuming that there was a wrong to be fixed, but God cleared that up. As we finish, here are 3 questions for us to consider together:

  • What is your pattern of decision-making?
  • What is your point of action?
  • Do you simply assume or stop and ask for God’s guidance and will?

Going forward today, may we approach God humbly and often…

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 6

Text: I Samuel 22:1-5 & Psalm 34

Date: 7/23/17

“In the Wilderness”

Intro:

(Personal Story of being deployed in the desert and Psalm 18)

Today, I want to look at David’s time “in the wilderness”. There were multiple places that he traveled; the wilderness of Moab, Maon, Ziph, the forest of Hereth, and others.

While moving around, he was learning more and more about life and trusting God. There are four things I want to consider today.

First,

I. There was Provision

Read I Samuel 21:1-9

A. Physically-showbread

(Protocol set aside to feed God’s anointed)

B. Spiritually-Gad & Abiathar the Priest (22:5, 22:20)

  • Prophet to hear from God and be accountable
  • Priest for proper/formal worship (David and his followers)

Second,

II. There was clarity

Read Psalm 52:1-9

A. Saw a clear contrast between good and evil (v.1-7)

(We often need to step back or be moved back to see it)

B. David was strengthened in his trust of the Lord (v.8-9)

And next,

III. There was the unexpected

A. Sent to Hereth (22:5) – Although comfortable, it was “time to move”

B. People kept showing up uninvited (23:13) – Time in the wilderness often involves people we don’t know before

And fourth,

IV. There was Testing

  • David had constantly been trying to stay ahead of Saul’s attempt on his life
  • On two occasions, David could have easily killed Saul
  • Read 26:9-11

A. David refused to disrespect God’s sovereignty

B. Both occasions meant choosing more time in the wilderness

(The temptation can be strong to take things into our own hands, like Abraham did)

V. Conclusion

“Wilderness” times are often part of the journey

  • Appreciate God’s provision
  • Learn from the clarity
  • Expect the unexpected
  • Grow from the testing

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 5

Text: I Samuel 22:1-5 & Psalm 34

Date: 7/23/17

“David’s Status Update”

Intro:

At this point in our series, the story begins to move forward:

  • First, Saul gives Michael to David as wife
  • Saul was trying to get David killed by asking him to kill Philistines as a wedding dowry
  • Saul continues to relentlessly pursue him
  • David and his men escape to Samuel
  • Saul sends men to Samuel
  • Saul goes to Samuel
  • David escapes to Gath
  • David escapes from King of Gath pretending insanity

Read I Samuel 22:1-5

After the events in Gath with his family and random people showing up at his hideout, David pauses for what we would call a “status update” titles Psalm 34

Today, I want to look at Psalm 34 and consider 5 habits of a Godly life:

First, let’s read verses 1-3:

I. There is praise (v.1-3)

A. At all times (v.1)

  • Constantly
  • A decision to honor God with words

B. Boasting in Him (v.2)

  • Elevate the name of the Lord, have a high view of God
  • Not using the name of the Lord carelessly

C. Other God-fearing people will be encouraged

  • Someone needs the encouragement you can be
  • Sometimes, you need to be encouraged by others

Second, let’s read verses 4-7,

II. There is a seeking (v.4-7)

A. A proactive posture of worship from us toward God

B. The results are noticeable

C. A proactive posture of protection from God

Third, in a Godly life,

III. There is a proving (v.8-10

Read 8-10

A. More than a nibble-commit to dine (9v.8)

B. There is satisfaction

C. There is no lack of good things (v.10)

  • Not lack of anything, but good things
  • Romans 8:28, good things according to God’s purposes

The fourth habit of a Godly life is:

IV. There is Teaching (v.11-16)

Read 11-16 (all his family there, etc.)

A. Actively teach the young to fear the Lord (v.11)

B. Be willing to define good and evil (v.13-14)

C. Teach them to pray (v.15)

D. Remind them that God judges evil, regardless of what it appears like in the culture (v.16)

And lastly,

V. There is Remembrance (v.17-2)

A. The Lord hears the righteous, even if it doesn’t feel like it (v.17)

B. The Lord is near to the broken-spirited (v.18)

(and David refers to this verse in Psalm 51 after Bathsheba)

C. The Lord delivers His own (v.19)

D. The Lord ultimately redeems His own (v.22)

VI. Conclusion

  • There was a consistency in David’s life because of these things
  • It’s important to remember that he was “David” because of these things, not the other way around. In other words, these habits as a shepherd made him who he was before being a hero.
  • Also, even David stumbled when he left these practices and followed a fleshly appetite.

Let’s commit today to:

  • Praising the Lord
  • Seeking the Lord
  • Proving the Lord to be true
  • Teaching kids about the Lord
  • Remembering that the Lord is near

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 4

Text: I Samuel 18:1-16

Date: 7/16/17

“Submission”

Intro:

  • (personal story for illustration)
  • Jesus modeled submission (Luke 2:51-52)
  • James speaks of it James 4:7-10

For today, we’ll be looking at three people and three different aspects of submission:

Read 18:1-16

First is Saul,

I. A Half-Submitted Heart is Restless

Saul had a history of half-trusting God which led to three things:

A. Suspicion without reason (v.9)

(restlessness and insecurity was causing him to imagine that David was trying to undermine him.)

B. Fear of Godliness (v.12 & 15)

  • The fear of David was a clear realization that God was present with him
  • The gripping presence of truth was challenging him

C. Anger for no reason (v.10-11)

  • The restlessness of Saul’s heart and mind exploded in a violent attempt on David’s life
  • He was trying to eliminate the convicting presence and avoid coming to terms with his condition (repent)

Second is Jonathon,

II. A Fully Submitted Heart is at Peace (v.1-4)

Some general points about him:

  • Jonathon is much older than David (maybe 20 years or so)
  • Jonathon was a seasoned warrior (I Samuel 14)
  • Jonathon was next in line for the kingdom
  • Most likely an older brother-younger brother type relationship, where each one loved the other one being around

A. There is insight (v.1)

  • He listened
  • He observed
  • He considered what it meant

B. There is a spirit of appreciation (v.3)

(Jonathon recognized and appreciated God’s sovereignly chosen next king-v.3)

C. There is a sense of security

(Jonathon had no problem giving David his royal weapons, royal attire (including equipment with royal insignias)

Lastly is David,

III. A Submitted Mind Grows in Wisdom

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”

Let’s consider David in verses 5 & 14

A. He was teachable

(from the beginning David had a pliable spirit regarding the Lord)

B. He was personable

(He was agreeable to be around and interacted well with others)

C. He was usable

(Because of his submitted heart, wherever he went, God used him for His glory.)

IV. Conclusion

  • Where does your heart rank on the ‘submission meter”?
  • Is there peace and usable qualities?

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 3

Text: I Samuel 17:1-58

Date: 7/9/17

“The Death of Goliath”

Intro:

  • Familiar story
  • Often thought of in “cartoonish” imagery
  • Reality was not “cute” or “cartoonish”. Ancient warfare was grisly and horrific affair, with far-reaching results
  • The background is typical battle array of the time
  • A “representative battle” was also common
  • Size and strength is important in hand-to-hand combat (arm reach, slashing power against a shield, etc.)
  • The Philistines saw an advantage with Goliath
  • 40 days was a long time to be camped and listening to Goliath twice a day
  • Jesse sends provisions with David

For today, I want to consider four things regrading Goliath’s challenges:

First,

I. Spirit-led Eyes See Things Differently

Read Verses 17:26 and 16:13 (as a reminder from Part 2)

A. Physical eyes saw an overwhelming threat

(even the battle-tested eyes saw a certain, painful death, with no chance of survival)

B. Spiritual eyes saw a blasphemous heart within the threat

(verse 16:7 works both ways, God sees the good AND bad heart)

C. Spiritual eyes see a clear comparison

Next,

II. Spirit-led Actions Aren’t Always Welcomed (v. 28)

A. Discouragement and mockery are often close-by

B. Motives are sometimes questioned

C. Resentment can build over time

Also,

III. Spirit-led Battles are Fought God’s Way (v.33-40)

Read verses 33-40

A. Pick the right battle (very, important)

  • Eliab-wrong battle, wrong time
  • Goliath-right battle, right time

B. Be confident in your own equipping

(God equips and uses us all differently)

C. Remember God’s faithfulness

(memorials and remembrance are important)

Fourth,

IV. Spirit-led lives Glorify God (v.41-51)

Read verses 41-51

A. David was most interested in God being glorified

(he could have left for home and nobody would have thought anymore about it)

B. The situation had become a question of honoring God as His people

C. God had already chosen to end Goliath’s life (he was already defeated)

(just like the Hebrews facing the Canaanites years earlier, God wanted a willing servant)

V. Conclusion

  • Are you Spirit-led?
  • Are you genuinely, in-the-practical-matters-of-life Spirit-led?

Consider this:

“Spirit-led eyes lead to Spirit-led actions, which lead to Spirit-led battles against defeated enemies to glorify God!”

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 2

Text: I Samuel 16:14-23

Date: 7/2/17

Intro:

Music has a transcendent and universal aspect to it. For example:

  • “Middle C” on a piano is a “C” everywhere, regardless of language
  • Tunes easily get stuck in our head (we’re wired to respond to music)
  • It’s difficult to speak the words of a popular TV sitcom tune without singing

Today, I want to talk about worship. At this point in David’s story, a key moment happens, let’s look:

Read the text: 16:14-23

First,

I. Worship Connects the Physical with the Spiritual

(Before we talk about Saul, let’s consider true worship itself)

A. There is an eternal connection in worship

  • Job 38:7 – God asks Job if he was there when the morning stars sang at creation
  • Jesus’ birth and triumphal entry
  • Revelation 5:18-14 (read)
  • Song/worship was at the beginning, will be in the future, and will be for eternity

B. King Saul was disconnected-no attitude of worship

  • Disobedience is the opposite of an attitude of worship
  • Amalekites had reached the limit and judgment was on them
  • Saul had reached his limit but God didn’t take his life
  • However, it resulted in the loss of the Holy Spirit’s protection
  • And an evil spirit as a “goad” for Saul “the man” to repent

C. David was connected-an attitude of worship as a shepherd

  • Psalm 19 as an example
  • Contemplating creation and the Law

Next,

II. Worship Focuses our Attention

A. It takes our eyes off the immediate concerns

B. It turns our eyes toward eternal concerns

C. It trains our heart to remember the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord

(Heart memory is like muscle memory)

And lastly,

III. Worship Affects Us and Others

Re-read verses 21-23

A. It attracts – A life of worship draws others (v.18)

B. It repels – A life of worship repels the enemy and creates tension with some

C. It Communicates – True worship communicates eternal truth

IV. Conclusion

  • Do you have a pattern of worship?
  • Is your heart trained for worship?

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“David: A Life Unfiltered” – Part 1

Text: I Samuel 16:1-13

Date: 6/25/17

Intro:

  • Some background and context:
  • Bethlehem (literally “House of Bread”)
  • Ruth & Boaz; Obed; Jesse; David
  • The Prophet Samuel (“Heard by God”-His mother Hannah’s request)
  • Samuel’s sons were no good and rejected to be leaders
  • The Hebrew people wanted a king like their neighbors
  • Saul chosen to be king
  • Saul struggles with trusting God
  • Saul rejected by God as king

Which brings us to our subject today:

“When God Steps In”

Read the text: 16:1-13

First, when God steps in:

I. He Puts the Past Into Perspective

A. When the plan seems to fail (8:6 & 16:1)

  • Samuel mourning over rejection of himself and his “mentoree”
  • Sense of failure

B. When we feel responsible for other people’s choices

  • God said, “The people have rejected Me.” (not Samuel) 8:7
  • God said, “I have rejected Saul.” (not Samuel’s doing) 16:1

Second, when God steps in:

II. He Illuminates the Present

A. Time to “move on” (v.1)

  • You can’t change the past
  • The “what ifs” aren’t very productive
  • “I am sending you…”, move on to what’s next…

B. God looks past the surface (v.7)

  • The Lord looks at the heart
  • Why Saul was rejected; a disobedient heart

C. God’s wisdom is often contrary to the world’s

(1 Corinthians 1:27 “God has chosen the weak and foolish things of the world.”

Lastly, when God steps in:

III. He Equips for the Future

A. The Spirit came upon him (v.13)

  • Everything we see from now on is prefaced by this moment
  • He was empowered to do

B. What was next…going back to the sheep

(an anti-climactic end to a significant moment is often the case, but it doesn’t negate the moment)

  1. He received no more information at that time

(going back to the sheep wasn’t a temporary set-back, it was part of the plan)

IV. Conclusion

  • Do you need perspective?
  • Do you need illumination?
  • Do you need empowering?

Let’s pray for God to step in today!

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