2 Samuel 22
As David came to the close of his life, in this particular song, he gave us a short resume’ of his accomplishments and of his faith in God. David has truly seen God’s mercy and love, as well as his chastening hand, but in this chapter and particularly in verses 22-36, he gives special attention to the fact that everything was of God, to whom is given all the praise. He recognized where his strength was, which also caused him to see his own weaknesses. I amparticularly impressed with verse 36, where David saw the gentleness of God.
We, too, have seen God work in many ways. We have seen the strength, the mercy, the blessing, the gentleness, but also the deliverance, of the Lord. We, too, with David must recognize, as David said, in verse 2 and other places, “the Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer.”I believe God will shield us from the darts if we’ll truly trust Him. In verse 4, David prayed and claimed the promises of God. And, by the way, God will answer your prayer and mine if we’ll “leap for Him.” In verse 8, the foundation of heaven moved and shook because God was angry. America needs to understand that God is angry with our sin, and God will even use nature to chastise us into obedience to His Word. In verse 14, He thundered from heaven. This reminds me that we need to hear from heaven. We need to hear His voice; however, if we are going to hear God speaking, we must first of all recognize His voice, and then do as He commands. In verses 17-18, David speaks of God delivering him from his enemy. Oh, how many times God has delivered us from our enemies! – and this time even from nature itself, which only God can control.
CONTINUED JULY 5TH
Matthew 5:1-16, verses 13-16 text.
We must see clearly ourselves before we can be an influence on others. How?
- Acknowledge all sin.
- Turn away from your sin.
- Ask Christ to forgive you.
- Yield every part of your life to Christ.
- Look for Him in your daily circumstances.
Someone said, “A pure heart enables us to see God in everything.”
I. WE INFLUENCE OTHERS BY OUR WALK.
- It is a walk of LOVE
Ephesians 5:1-2, “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”
Ephesians 3:17-19, “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
2. It is a walk of FELLOWSHIP
Ephesians 5:8,11-12, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”
Philippians 3:10, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!
Yesterday we said, I. THEIR HEARTS WERE NOT RIGHT WITH GOD, VERSE 37.
II. THEY DID NOT FOLLOW GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS, VERSES 1-17, 37.=
Take some time to think on these verses.
III. THEY SOON FORGOT WHAT GOD HAD DONE FOR THEM VERSES 11, 42-55. Deuteronomy 6-8.
- He gave them angel’s food for forty years.
- They forgot to be thankful and to praise Him.
- Remember by giving praise and thanksgiving for deliverance from sin and hell.
- Remember to always give and guard your testimony.
- Remember to thank Him for everything.
IV. THEY GRUMBLED AND COMPLAINED VERSES 56-58.
- They provoked God verses 17-19.
- They turned back verse 41.
- They limited the Holy One of Israel.
- We too can limit God.
- Complaining is a heart attitude problem.
- Stop grumbling and start praising Him.
“They limited the Holy One of Israel”and so can we.
How about you and me?
How many of us believe that we can limit God? Yes, we can! We cannot limit or enrich God as far as His Godhead is concerned; however, we can certainly limit Him working in our lives.
Today we are going to take a little different approach to this Psalm. We have taught several messages on the first part of this chapter, but this time we are going to see how the children of Israel throughout their forty-year journey limited God in the wilderness.
We too can limit God and must learn from the example of the children of Israel. They limited God because,
I. THEIR HEARTS WERE NOT RIGHT WITH GOD, VERSE 37.
Look at verses 34-41 and Ezekiel 33:3-32 and you will see that they limited God throughout their history.
- They worshipped false gods.
- They had sin in their life.
- Their spirit was not steadfast.
- We must learn that our hearts too can be cold.
- We must confess and forsake all known sin.
- We must learn to praise Him more.
Read Mark 6:30-34 one more time.
# 1 was, “REFLECT ON YOUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE DAY, WEEK, MONTH AND YEAR, VERSE. 30.”
II. GET AWAY BY YOURSELF AND REST AWHILE, VERSE 31.
That leads us to a very important part of every Christian’s life here today.
III. CREATE SOME LEISURE TIME IN YOUR LIFE.
A. For yourself
B. With your family
IV. DON’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT GETTING AWAY VERSE 32.
Again, if Jesus needed to get away by Himself, how much more should we?
Into a desert place by ship privately.Without making their plan known. They intended to go privately; however, their plan became known, but multitudes followed them.
V. GIVE THE FIRST HOUR OF EACH TO GOD VERSES 33-35.
Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”
The day passes quickly and before you know it the day has passed you by with a busy schedule. Take time for God first thing in the morning.
VI. THEN TRUST GOD TO MEET YOUR EVERY NEED VERSES 39-44.
Wow, what a miracle! Once again, proving:
Proverbs 3:5-6 and Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
We cannot overemphasize the importance of adults, teens and younger children making a good and right start in the very beginning of each day, week month and year and life.
Challenge: Begin to practice these principles as of today!