1. David getting the opportunity to apply all the wonderful truths he has been learning. Just like the lessons we hear in Sunday School class are wonderful, but seem so different when we are actually out on the street witnessing, or on a missions trip.

    So David finds that when God is at work in us it is not theoretical, it is real-time, daily life that the Lord wants to change in us. So to deepen the truths David learned at En Gedi in I Samuel 24, and make them a part of the fabric of David’s life, the Lord allows David to get deeply wounded by Nabal in a business deal (I Samuel 25); and for Saul to start hunting David again (I Samuel 26).

    First, David suffers the intense frustration when wronged in a business deal. David writes Psalms 14 first and then Psalm 53 later in life on—how to overcome the feelings of hurt when deeply wronged and wounded by someone in a business deal. In First Samuel 25, David faces the danger of bitterness toward Nabal “the fool”. When God delivers him, David writes Psalms 14 & 53. The key to these Psalms is the word fool which in Hebrew is Nabal (which opens this Psalm and is used 17 times in the account of 1st Samuel 25).

    David Was Wronged
    In a Business Deal

    Now listen to this inspired chapter God has sent us so we can see His grace is sufficient even for great financial loss and deep emotional pain.

    1 Samuel 25:1-44
    Dr. John Barnett continues his "Life of David" series. (LOD-14)
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  2. Our Struggles
    Frame God’s Faithfulness

    The context of these dark and lonely days in David’s life, makes an incredibly beautiful frame around some of the most precious of all of David’s Psalms . His prayers, cries for help, and affirmations of God’s faithfulness: seem even clearer, dearer, and more memorable from those dark and lonely hours in David’s life. David repeats in as many ways as possible that:

    All the Time (God is good)
    God is good (All the time).

    What a meteoric rise, and equally meteoric fall, David experiences in First Samuel 18-20. David suffers painful loneliness as he faces family conflict, big life changes, and great danger. Think of everything happening here. David moves away from home (18:2), joins the army and becomes an officer leading troops (18:5), becomes a national celebrity (18:7), draws the jealous rage of King Saul (18:8-9), faces life threatening situations (18:11), meets and marries the King’s daughter (18:17-28); then sees Saul send soldiers to kill David as he slept in his bed at home (I Samuel 19:11). During these days of danger and turmoil David writes Psalm 59, 11, and 64—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in danger.

    First Samuel 21:1-9: as David flees for his life again, he suffers intense loneliness as he loses his job, and is separated from his family. David writes Psalm 52—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are away from our work, home, and family.

    1 Sam. 21:10-15: David goes from fear, to terror, to nearly a complete breakdown in the time surrounding his capture by the Philistine army at Gath. He writes about this in Psalm 34 and 56. After he gets away from the Philistines, David is so alone that feels abandoned and wrote Psalm 13, 40, and 70 about life in the pits of despair.

    First Samuel 22:1-4: After a period of life alone in the cave, David was joined by an incredibly difficult group of criminals and societal rejects. This was a turning point in David’s life because God refined his character through his cave troubles more than at any other time. David suffers intense loneliness as he lives and works with this tough crowd. David wrote more Psalms in this period than at any other time in his life. These cave Psalms are 4, 57, 141-142—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are far from home and feel exiled.

    1 Samuel 22:5-24:16: David suffers the intense loneliness of unemployment, unsettled home life, and betrayal by friends. David takes time to look back at those events and write Psalms: 17, 63 (after I Samuel 22:5-23); 31,54 (after I Sam 23:10-25); 35-36 (after I Sam 23:29 from En Gedi); and 7 (after I Sam 24:1-16 when he spares Saul’s life). In each of these Psalms God inspires David to record his lessons on how to overcome the feelings of despair and bitterness when we are betrayed by those we trusted as friends.

    I Samuel 25: David suffers the intense loneliness when wronged in a business deal. David writes Psalm 53—how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in danger of bitterness over being hurt in a business deal.

    David has
    Survived

    As we open to I Samuel 29, David has survived all that, and even one last commando raid by Saul on David’s hideaway in I Samuel 27.

    David survived: like a cancer victim that has finally finished the surgery, chemo, and radiation; and finally is declared cancer free. David was weak, but David had made it out of the woods, and life has returned to what it was like before all these months and years of fear, turmoil and struggle. What a pathway those days had been. Do you remember what David had gone through?

    After being captured and held by the Philistines, betrayed and nearly hunted to death by traitors from his own tribe, surviving month after month of murderous commando raids led against him by his own father-in-law, and enduring all the emotional damage that job loss, anxiety and frustration could exact from him: the Lord allows David’s life to even out.

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  3. David is one of the monumental personages in the Bible; only God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are discussed more than David in the Word of God.

    David wrote many words. If you count both his own writing of Psalms, and all of the others writing about his life, David’s mark is on 141 of the 1189 chapters; and on about 3,000 of the 31,103 verses in God’s Word.

    So among the myriads of words by and about David, one verse seems to capture his lifelong pursuit of God. Listen to Psalm 63:1:

    1 O God, You are my God;
    Early will I seek You;
    My soul thirsts for You;
    My flesh longs for You
    In a dry and thirsty land
    Where there is no water.

    David chose to be a God-chaser. There are storm –chasers, sale-chasers, ambulance-chasers and so on: but David for all his recorded life was a God-Chaser! David pursed the Lord.

    David’s Choice:
    Pursue God

    Pursuing God should be our desire, for all of our days. It was for David. That heart that pursued God is what made David the man after God’s heart, as he was called in Acts 13:22. We can see in each of the three eras of David’s life his chosen pursuit of God. Think back with me over each of the eras of David’s life captured in the Bible.

    David was an amazing boy. He was an obedient son who worked in his job assigned by his dad. Tending sheep was hard, boring, and lonely. But David focused his heart and mind on the Lord and instead of wasting those days, weeks, months, and years of his life in just getting through the unpleasantness of work, he pursued God as a young man. We have Psalms 19 and 23 as a testimony of those days pursuing God.

    Then we all remember the blur of those next few years. David went from defeating Goliath, to joining Saul’s army, and soon working for the King; after moving up through the ranks and getting married to the King’s daughter, he finds himself starting months and even years of fleeing for his life, living on the run, suffering through deprivation, fear, depression, and loneliness.

    We have studied those chapters in I Samuel 17 to 31 and can conclude one thing firmly: David pursued God even when at the depths of despair, in mortal fear, and living with no place to even sleep securely. From those months and years of struggles, we have a trail of songs that flowed from David’s soul and out his lips in worship to the Lord in many Psalms such as 4,16, 34, 56, 63, and 142.

    But now as II Samuel opens David is no longer on the run, Saul is dead, and the kingdom is being given to David. The real test of David’s life is not what he does when he is afraid, insecure, and depressed, the real test comes as he is exalted, rewarded, and given the highest honor of any person in his day: David is crowned King of the people of God, King of Israel.

    Will David still pursue God? As we open to II Samuel 5, follow along, see the crowning of David as King and then note the unbroken pursuit of the Lord in David’s life.

    As we stand, and read II Samuel 5, note how the Lord captures the fact that:

    David Pursued God
    Even When Crowned King

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  4. As we open to the 132nd Psalm this evening we are opening to God’s record of the life of David. We are not sure if David wrote this Psalm or if it was written about him, but we do see the powerful message it contains.

    This Psalm is one of a set of 15 called the Psalms of Ascents. These were Psalms for pilgrims walking up to Jerusalem for the three feats each year that God asked for them to celebrate: Passover/Unleavened Bread; First Fruits, and Tabernacles (Exodus 23).

    There are also 15 broad steps leading up into the Temple Herod built, which also may have been the place that they Psalms were sung as they ascended into the House of the Lord. Whether both or either of these are the 15 steps or stops used, these Psalms are very much a part of the worship of the Lord.

    In Psalm 132 we find an explanation of David’s habits as a young man that fortified him for Goliath, a life of hardship and for being so useful to God.

    The Resolves of
    David’s Youth

    Thus Psalm 132 records how David started walking with the Lord as a young boy.

    This Psalm can be placed either at the start of David’s walk after being anointed King by Samuel in 1st Samuel 16.13; or here as he looks back and remembered God’s Hand on his life.

    What we can be sure of is that Psalm 132 is all about Making the Holy Resolves of a Godly Walk

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  5. As we open to Psalm 101, may I remind you of a transformational truth?
    Your habits are shaping your destiny, one little action at a time.

    Habits are the default settings of our soul. When we do not consciously plan our behavior we are taken over by habit. It is easier to operate by habit, also sometimes called our instinct, than it is to consciously choose each act. Therefore perhaps the most powerful part of our lives is that box of mental auto-choices we call our habits. Be sure that you are choosing to reap the result of holy habits, not unholy ones.

    Many things can become habits. Among the normal “good habits” are: neatness, responsibility, politeness, and so on. Among the “bad habits” are: smoking, being late, over eating, being messy, and many others. Most self-help organizations, secular counselors, and secular books agree on the idea of bad habits. Here is a standard statement of them:

    Bad habits, addiction and healthy habits are subconscious behaviors formed through repetition.

    It takes about 21 days of determination and discipline to change or form a new habit. Some of these that have been ingrained so deep in the brain will take a lot longer. This is why there are support groups and tools to help people with addictive behavior. Some people can't do it alone or have no willpower.

    List of bad habits...
    Nail biting; Smoking; Borrowing money; Procrastination; Overeating or food addiction; Desiring something for nothing ; Compulsive shopping; Binge drinking or habitual intoxication; Gambling; Drug addiction (about-personal-growth.com/bad-habits.html)

    David had some of the most amazing habits: they were his chosen responses that reflected his devotion to God. These auto-choice habits were what we would call Holy Habits: habits that cultivated holy living, holy actions, and holy responses to everyday situations David faced.

    Holy
    Habits

    Much of David’s world was so much like our lives today. God hasn’t changed, nor will He. So if David’s cultivated habits pleased God, they still will. If David’s habits formed him into a young man that caught God’s attention so much that He said, “There is a man that does what I want done. David is following my heart’s desires”—then shouldn’t you and I want to cultivate similar habits?

    David cultivated habits of personal conduct and consecration. These habits are captured in Psalm 101 which can also be called David’s Plan for Purity. He fled to the Lord as his refuge from sins of his youth.

    This Psalm may be written in his youth as a record of his choice of “good habits” for his young years or later when he starts his career as King—as a testimony of God’s faithfulness in the past and a reaffirmation of his consecration to the Lord.

    But no matter when these words came to David, they are directly from God, inspired as a record from David’s life that can transform our lives if we let them. Please stand with me and consider David’s challenge to us for:

    Reaping the Results
    Of Holy Habits

    Psalm 101

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    one thing i fear a lot is the total removal of the hymn book from worship...i read a hymn devotional to keep me focused & remember the lives that have become a cloud of witnesses to the church :) purhaps a remnant will keep the remembrance alive.

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