He Walks with Us – David – Sunday Notes

David

Micah 6:8 (ESV)

8He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Last 4 weeks we have talked about:

Adam & Eve – Sin robbed them of their path

Abraham – God set him on a path to greatness

Joseph – He walked with God and knew that even though God seemed silent he was never, ever absent.

Moses and Israel – Moses led the disobedient children of Israel on their path even when they rejected that path

 

 

We are looking at the paths that God has put people and how he walked with them.  The common theme is that God put them on a path and promised to love and care for them – to walk with them.

When we think of David we think most often about his defeat of Goliath, but David’s life is an amazing life of peaks and valleys that that shows us that God’s path often prepares us for what is next.

David is a wonderful Bible character because he reminds me of me. If you read the Psalms of David you’ll see a man who expressed both great joy and great pain.

I’m thankful that God shows us David both good and bad (warts and all). His fear, his joy, his anger and his happiness. We see in David a life with many ups and downs, challenges and often deep, deep despair.

Of the 74 Psalms that are attributed to David:

  • Lament  44
  • Praise  7
  • Hymn  6
  • Royal  6
  • Trust  5
  • Thanksgiving  4
  • Wisdom  2

This I think tells us that our paths often, often go through time of hurt and pain.

If we look at some of those Psalms we see the extremes that David felt.

Psalm 63:1–8 (ESV)

1O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. 2So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. 3Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. 4So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. 5My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. 8My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 140:1–8 (ESV)

1Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men, 2who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually. 3They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah 4Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. 5The arrogant have hidden a trap for me, and with cords they have spread a net; beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah 6I say to the Lord, You are my God; give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O Lord! 7O Lord, my Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my head in the day of battle. 8Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked; do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah

Psalm 13:1–6 (ESV)

1How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3Consider and answer me, O Lord my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 145:1–13 (ESV)

1I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. 2Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. 3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. 4One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. 5On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. 6They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. 7They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. 8The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. 10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! 11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, 12to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.

Notice that David not only expresses a huge range of emotions but that he always returns to God’s sufficiency or his grace or his power. David always acknowledges God’s ability and desire to do what is good and to reject evil.

Acts 13:22 (ESV)

22And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’

A man after God’s own heart? What does that mean? It is answered in the next phrase – “who will do all my will”.

He was a man who wanted to follow God all the way without failure.

But for as much as David is celebrated as the greatest king of Israel and was a man called a man after God’s own heart, David often failed at life.

I think God called him a man after His own heart because David wanted-to-want-to be that.

David was all these things: king, military leader, and great savior of Israel, but more importantly and I think most importantly David is a picture of a common man.

If we look at David’s life in detail we’ll see a man we’ll see something probably familiar to us men:

  1. He was celebrated and admired in his youth
  2. He had killed Goliath and was at that point on his game – he was the man.
  3. He was appointed king while the current king was in office – in other words he had all the potential and opportunity to really make his mark, but he had to wait in the shadow of a man who hated him – in other words he was literally held down/back by “the man”. He had a lot of in-between time waiting on his life.
  4. He got his shot when Saul died and had a lot of success
  5. He struggled with sexual sin
  6. He had problems with his children
  7. He disappointed God
  8. He had a great dream that he never got to live and eventually found out that his son would have to carry on that dream – he, himself, would never see that dream fulfilled
  9. He got old

For as much as David is celebrated he has in common what all great leaders/stars/elites have with us all – he was a regular human man!

What set David apart was his desire – his overarching – ingrained decision to follow God.

It’s what set him apart from other kings, other men, and other Bible characters.

So what is our landing point here? What can we see in the path that David walked?

For as much as David was celebrated he was also a man that was deeply flawed with normal struggles but he was also deeply loved by God!

How can we live this way?

  1. We can give up the idea or burden of thinking that our failures define us.
  2. We can have hope when we fail.
  3. We can trust God in the long difficult “in-between” times.
  4. We can see God standing up in the middle of our lives – loving us – despite how things look or how we may feel.
  5. We can realize that God does have a plan for us.
  6. We can realize that even when all we can muster it the want-to-want-to that God loves us and will see his plan for us to the end.

 

 

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