David Series Recap

In a callous kind of way, it’s encouraging to see some of God’s greatest servants fail and disobey because we are so prone to disobey and ask – "Is there any hope for me?"

For the last few weeks we have been studying David, "a man after God's own heart."


The one who killed the giant.


Wrote many of the Psalms.


& became Israel's great king.


However, David didn't always "get it right." In his desire for power he commited adultery, lied and had his best warrior murdered. He disobeyed and fell from his calling in ministry for God. 


But his story doesn't end there. It doesn't end with defeat and brokenness. David knew what to do if disobedience entered the picture. Turn to God and repent of his sin. And God forgave and restored David, but not without consequence.


So what made David a man after God's own heart?

David was loyal & inspired loyalty. . . 

One of the greatest attributes of a significant other, friend, child, co-worker -- of any person -- is that you can trust them. That they are loyal.


David was loyal to God's people by defeating Goliath.


David was loyal to King Saul by not killing him.


David's followers were loyal because he inspired loyalty by the way he treated them.

David inspired others because he was trustworthy & responsible

David failed miserably -- He, and his people, paid an incredibly high price for his sin.


But he did repent and make amends. So we must also ask ourselves:


Where have I lied? Gossiped? Coveted? Failed in a commitment? Stolen or cheated?


Although we have failed, we can still praise God because Jesus never fails!

He is waiting to forgive anyone who humbles themselves like David did in Psalm 51: 1-4 & 7-8


"Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what it evil in your sight. . . Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me -- now let me rejoice."

A nation that follows God's way would always come out on top

In week two we learned that David had a vision. . . 

Everyone needs to believe in, and give our lives to, something or someone greater and bigger than ourselves.

That is what the Christian walk is all about:

Giving ourselves to God -- Loving only Him

& living our lives for others, not just for ourselves. We have a calling to change the world; one life at a time.


The story of David tells us he was not a perfect man, or king, but he was never confused about the identity of Israel's true king -- He knew his God and wanted to obey Him. 

The man or woman who's hope in the Lord, need not fear, even when there is something to be afraid of. 


David did what King Saul didn't do because David saw what King Saul wouldn't see -- David saw God and knew He is our victory!


When our hope is in the Lord:

--We can see clearly, act confidently, but walk humbly; knowing where our strength comes from.

--We recognize we can't control outcomes because we have little control over the variables that are required to control outcomes.

--So instead, we lean the weight of our lives against the One who has the whole world, and all the variables, in His hands! 

Fear. . . Isolation. . . Anger

Three powerful threats that can challenge our desire to live for, and obey, God. And David experienced them all.


These three conditions can cause otherwise discerning, intelligent people to crash through moral and ethical boundries. 


They contributed to most of our regrets from the past, and will continue to contribute to our future regrets. 


They have the potential to undermine the resolve and faith of even the most dedicated, devout and disciplined person. They can cause us to think we have to take things into our own hands, which usually never works or ends well. 


Remember, we have to place our hope in who we depend on - God - because David forgot and was trusting in his self. 

What is my fear, loneliness or anger causing me to consider that I wouldn't otherwise consider?





Re-embracing an old habit? Cheating on a loved one? Stealing finances?


Our prayer, every morning, before we even put our feet on the floor, should be the prayer that David prayed in Psalm 25: 1&5

"O Lord, I give my life to you. I trust in you, my God! . . . Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you."

As we moved into week three the famous "Golden Rule" came into action. It's a great rule too. . . until someone does us wrong and we want to turn it into "Do to others as they have done to me." 


Peter saw Jesus unjustly crucified and he wrote to persecuted Christians in 1 Peter 3:9-11 "Don't repay evil for evil. Don't retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. For the Scriptures say, 'If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.'"


Well thats a crazy idea, and not something that will come naturally to many, if any, of us. 

Refusing to respond in like kind may be the most Christ-like thing we can do. 

So we have three questions, two for everyone, one for those that follow Christ:


1. Do I really want to be even with someone I don't even like?

Wouldn't it be better to be ahead? Even is easy...and you pull ahead by refusing to get even.

Every offense provides us with two response options:

To get even and be like the person who hurt you


To pull ahead and be like our Father in heaven. 


2. What story do I want to tell?

"I got even! I did what they did--and it "feels good!""


My response and reaction was like Christ. I repaid their "evil" with kindness.


3. What would it look like for me to return good for evil - to bless someone who has hurt or offended me?

You start by asking yourself "What does love require of me?"

This is our best opportunity to be like our Father in Heaven.

It's the greatest story ever told - returning good for evil - His Son for our sin.

Living this way takes us from a predictable story -- "I got even. . . "

to a remarkable story -- "I did for others what they did not deserve. . ."

to the most noteworthy story of all -- Responding like my Father in Heaven. 

"I am the most powerful, popular, needed person in the room!"

At some point or another we have probably felt like the above statement. Whether it be in the locker room before the big game, in the executive's office before an important presentation, in a classroom at school or even at home. 


Few things, however, are more disturbing than to see someone use that time, power, authority or influence for their own benefit, rather than the benefit of the people they are responsible for. 


Some of our favorite stories are about people who had the power and influence but chose to say "no" to themselves so they could say "yes" to the people they are responsible for. 

As we closed off our series on David, we took a look on how our little shepherd boy David became Israel's Great King. 


David knew he was chosen but he knew it wasn't about him. He wanted God's will, God's way and God's time.


We all have, do, or will wield power and authority over others in our lives. The question now is:

"How will you use that power for God's glory and the benefit of those you are resposible for?"



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Message content written by Tom Allen, Lead Pastor

Blog post written and compiled by Amie Pruitt, Admin & Communications Director

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