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Lessons From David

May 2, 2017

Sermon of the Day: God So Loved the World Part 1


Good Morning Men!

I just recently finished reading through the section of the Bible about David. There are so many lessons to learn from this man. I wanted to look at three lessons that got my attention this time through.

 

2 Samuel 6:14

Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.

In this verse we have a king that remembers where he cam from. He also remembers who is responsible for getting him there. This type of worship David displayed is absolutely unfiltered. A type of worship that his one concern is God.

I know personally I have had times where my worship to God has been restrained. Whether it was pride, shame, guilt or anything in between.

However I love David’s heart here, he does not take himself so serious as the “King of Israel” that is too pious and important to worship like the best of them. A part of this was because David illustrated many times in the Bible that he never forgot where came from.

We all have a better chance of remaining humble in our achievements, advancements and areas of growth when we don’t take ourselves so serious and we remember where we came from.

2 Samuel 7:1-2

 Now it came to pass when the king was dwelling in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies all around, that the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells inside tent curtains.”

This section blew me away. David is in all his earthly splendor and glory as King of Israel. He has peace all around him. In other words, things could not be better for our man David.

Yet, look at where his thoughts go, directly to God and about Gods dwelling place on earth. Not that God needs help establishing a dwelling place on earth to meet with his people. It’s the fact that David’s heart and mind goes there, that is mind-blowing to me. I must confess that when I have been at my peak, God has not always been my main priority.

What an amazing heart, and love David has for God. What a great example again of never forgetting where he came from and what God had done in his life. Most men have the tendency to think quite the opposite. Most men start to look at what they have done, or what they think they have done. Men this approach to life couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

God is completely sovereign and David knew this and that is why the Bible says David was a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

2 Samuel 24: 10

And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”

I just want to focus on one thing that impacted me from this verse.

David is a shepherd boy turned warrior of the nation. Warrior turned king and deliverer for the entire nation.

David made a few very impactful mistakes and life lessons that greatly strengthened the heart and relationship this man had with God. Wise beyond measure, yet seasoned and reserved in his later years.

Yet he fails.

He fails greatly, at the expense of seventy thousand men (verse 15).

This impacted me greatly because it terrifies me.

How does this happen!?

Our sinful nature men is nothing to be toyed with. Great sins never appear out of nowhere. It is a slow fade from God and towards idolatry and sin. The older we get the more we have to lose. I heard recently someone say, if age brought wisdom then all old people would be wise. Unfortunately we all know this is not accurate.

We must guard our hearts above all else (Proverbs 4:23). If David, a man far greater than I could ever dream of becoming can fail like this then so can I, so can you. Is failure going to come in our lives? Absolutely. However we must do all that we can to not fail due to sin, idolatry and all the things that accompany that.

My hope is that these three lessons from David will be an encouragement and a hope for all of you. Learn from the mistakes of others and challenge yourself to grow closer to God each and every day.

 

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