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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/27/2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 5/27/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5c

v. 18-29 THE DEVOTION DAVID EXHIBITED
What was David’s response to God’s “No”? These closing verses reveal that his response was one of utter devotion to the Lord. I believe that these words reveal what our response should be when our dreams are shattered as well.

It Was A Humble Devotion – Notice what David did. In (verse 18, he went in and “sat down before the Lord.” In (verse 20), like a little child, he referred to himself in the third person. In (verse 18), he acknowledged the fact that he was unworthy of such a blessing. In (verse 19-22), David praised the Lord for His blessings, His grace and His wonderful love for His children. David, the mighty king, assumed the place of a humble child before the presence of the Lord.

It Was A Holy Devotion – Even though David did not get his way in the matter, he was willing to accept God’s plan for his life. His words are filled with praise for the God he loves. Unlike some folks who pout when they do not get their way, David just praised the Lord because He trusted God to know and to do that which is best all the time!

It Was An Honorable Devotion – David accepts God’s promises and acknowledges God’s ability to bring them all to pass. In his prayer, David reveals a heart that is willing to accept God’s plan, even though it is not what he originally wanted to do. The thrust of David’s prayer in (verses 27-29) is “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” No wonder David is called “a man after God’s Own heart.”

What should our response be when God says “No”? We should first remember that we are who we are and have what we have because of His pure, perfect grace. We should remember that He is the Potter and we are but the clay. We should assume the place of a humble child before His presence and trust Him to do that which is best: for example Paul’s attitude, (Phil. 1:21).

Our goal in life should not be to reach our dreams; but to see His perfect will carried out in our lives. There is no greater honor than being used by the Lord to bring glory to His name, even it isn’t the way we hoped it would happen, (1 Cor. 10:31).

Conc: David was not allowed to build the Lord’s Temple. But, he was allowed to make preparations for the fulfillment of the dream. In (1 Chron. 22:1-19); David prepared all the materials necessary for the construction of the building. In (1 Chron. 28:1-17), David gave Solomon the plans and the instructions necessary to fulfill the dream. So, in the end, David was still a part of seeing the dream accomplished. It did not happen as he planned it, but he still got to be part of God’s plan; and that is a dream, come true!
If there is anything for us to remember from this message it is this: sometimes you will not see your dreams fulfilled until you are willing to let them go forever. You have to be willing to adopt God’s dream as your own. When that happens, you will get to see all your dreams come true!
A poem entitled “Treasures” has something to say about this matter.

One by one He took them from me,
All the things I valued most,
Until I was empty-handed;
Every glistening toy was lost.

And I walked earth’s highway, grieving,
In my rags and poverty.
Till I heard His voice inviting,
“Lift those empty hands to Me!”

So I held my hands toward Heaven,
And He filled them with a store
Of His transcendent riches
Till they could contain no more.

And at last I comprehended
With my stupid mind and dull,
That God COULD not pour His riches
Into hands already full.

Do you have some shattered dreams in your life today? Have things not turned out as you thought they would? Is there a measure of bitterness in your heart that you didn’t get your way? Wouldn’t today be a great day to bring those shattered dreams before the Lord and let Him show you how to place those dreams in His hands and get past the pain of God’s “No”? If there are issues that you would like to come and pray to the Lord about today, bring them to the Lord. He can take what you perceive as a broken dream and use it to bless your life and to bring glory and honor to His name.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Romans 8:11 (New King James Version (NKJV)
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Have Thine Own Way” By: Adelaide POLLARD (1902)

1. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
2. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
3. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.
4. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me.


TODAY’S PRAYER!
Merciful and Loving Father, God of all Creation! Thank You for everything You have done in our lives. We praise You for each blessing You have given us. We know that all good things come from You. We are forever grateful for them. We are indeed blessed when we follow Your plan for us. Keep us from entertaining pride and arrogance in our hearts. Show us our prideful thoughts so we may lay them at feet of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Pride opposes all that You are and is rebellious against You. Keep us far from the destruction that is sure to come when pride takes hold of us. Teach us how to humble ourselves like a child before You. These things we pray and ask in the glorious name of Jesus. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/27/2013 11:55PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. We know God knows what's best for us. At times, things just would turn upside down if we did things our way. Let Go of our decisions and let God lead us along a victorious way.
Thank you Vic for your teachings. Happy Memorial Day.

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CANDOIT54 5/27/2013 7:07PM

    Happy Memorial Day, Vic, and thank you

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HONOURIA 5/27/2013 5:56PM

    Sometimes a "no" from God is reassuring. When you trust God, then the "no" is easily seen as a protective measure.

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WANTSZU 5/27/2013 2:34PM

    Amen! Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us.

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BABY_GIRL69 5/27/2013 10:19AM

    Praise God for this wonderful word you have shared with us today Brother Vic! Continue to share with us the word daily....thus we will share with our worlds right where we are....being disciples and making disciples...

God bless,

Dee

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/26/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5b

v. 4-17 THE DENIAL DAVID EXPERIENCED

When Nathan returned home, during the night, God spoke to him and told him to return to David and tell him that his was not of the Lord. God seems to be saying in (verses 5-7) that David’s dream to build a temple was not from the Lord. It had originated within the heart of David. As I said, the motives were right; but the dream was from man, and not God’s!

But, when God says “No” to David, He does not just shatter David’s dream and leave him with a broken heart. When God says “No”, He tempers His no with some very precious words that are designed to soothe the heart of David. Let’s look in on those words and get some help for our own times when God says “No”.

v. 8-11a It Was Tempered By God’s Provisions – Instead of allowing David to give to Him; God turned everything around and gave to David. He reminds David of His great grace is taking him from leading the sheep. God, in His grace, took a nobody, and made a somebody out of him. Notice (verse 9). God tells David that He has made him a celebrity! Everybody knows who David is! David is reminded that he has been made the partaker of God’s rest, God’s peace, God’s victory and God’s power.

v. 11b-15 It Was Tempered By God’s Promises – David had a desire to build a house for the Lord; but God tells David that He (God) is going to build David a house, (v. 11). In (verses 12-15), the terms of the Davidic Covenant are given. God promises David that he will have a son. This son will walk with the Lord and he will be treated as a son by God. He will be established in his kingdom and he will be chastened when necessary. God tells David that this son will build a house for God! Surely these promises brought peace to the heart of King David.

v. 16-17 It Was Tempered By God’s Plans – God is saying, “David, you want to build me a house, but I am telling you that I am going to build your house. I will establish your throne forever!” What a promise!

David discovered that our dreams that we have for our lives are not always part of God’s plan for our lives. What can we glean from these verses?

Sometimes God says “No” to our dreams and to our plans. When He does, it is not to defeat us or to discourage us. He does it because He has something far better than we could have ever imagined planned for us. David thought he would build a temple and that would be the end of it. He found out that it was not God’s will for him to build a temple. He also found out that God had some things planned for his future that he never could have dreamed up on his own.

Some of you have witnessed the death of your dreams. You have watched as life has altered the plans and dreams of your youth. But, I think if you will take the time to look at all the Lord has done through your life, you will see that He had something far better in mind for you than you could have ever dreamed up on your own. God always has the best plan!

In Scotland a family by the name of Clark had a dream: husband and wife with their nine children wanted to emigrate to the United States. To make that dream a reality, they struggled, scrimped, and saved. Finally they managed to accumulate enough money and obtain all the paperwork they needed to take the trip and begin a new life in a new land. Ship reservations were made and the family was ecstatic. Then, as often happens, tragedy struck. Seven days before they were to leave the youngest of the children, a little boy, was bitten by a dog. The bite wasn’t serious; the doctor stitched the lad up in no time at all. The tragedy was the doctor also had to hang a yellow sign on the Clark’s front door. The yellow signed warned everybody to stay away: there was a possibility, a very small chance, that the boy had contracted rabies from the bite of the unknown dog. Their ship was to sail in one week, the family was quarantined for two. They would have to stay behind as their ship, and their dreams, sailed into the sunset.

The father, outraged at what he felt was the unjust, unfair hand that he had been dealt, went down to the pier to stare as the ship set out. Furious at God, frustrated with his son; he cried and he cursed. He stomped home in a foul mood. He stayed that way, too. Then only a few days after his vessel had left port he got word that on April 15th the very ship which was to have brought them to a new life, had been sunk. The Titanic had gone down. As it disappeared, it had taken with it the lives of over 1,500 passengers. Hearing that news, Mr. Clark’s attitude was instantly transformed. Excitedly, enthusiastically, eagerly, he hugged his son. Plainly, powerfully, and prayerfully, he thanked his God. Their lives had been spared. Their tragedy had been turned into a triumph.

Some folks have watched as your plans for your life have been shattered and broken. You’ve wondered why God would refuse to allow you to see your dreams fulfilled. Maybe you are disappointed with the way your life has turned out. Let me challenge you to look at what the Lord has done for you! Look at the positive side of the coin.

You may not have gotten all you wanted out of life; but hasn’t God given you so much more than you imagined? Has He not saved you by His grace? Has He not used your life to accomplish His will in the world? Some of you have been blessed to raise preachers, teachers and good servants of the Gospel. There is no higher honor! Some of you have been privileged to teach children who are now godly men and women. When God says “No” to your dreams and plans, it is because He has something far better in mind for you. This was David’s discovery. This was the experience of the disciples. They thought their dreams were shattered when Jesus died on the cross. They soon found out that God had something far better in store. It was Paul’s as well, (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Many others have had this same experience: the 3 Hebrews; Daniel; Elijah; the widow; Namaan, the leper; etc. It will be your experience and mine as well. The Lord always has the best plan!

TODAY’S VERSE!
1 Corinthians 7:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)

20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“You Are My All In All” By: Dennis L. Jernigan (1990)

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all

Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

Oh my
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Father in Heaven, God who lives in us and through us! Show us the perfect balance between our physical needs and our spiritual needs. Enable us to keep our eyes and hearts and mind and soul on Jesus, our Redeemer, Savior, Lord, King and Friend. Open our eyes, cleanse our hearts, fill our minds with Your Word and Spirit, comfort and deliver our souls from the depths of hell and a life of destruction. Show us how to walk in Your way, the straight and narrow, and to do Your glorious will, to Your praise and honor. Help us to make this connection with You forever and ever. Joyfully we pray and ask these things in Jesus’ Precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/26/2013 11:19PM

    Thank you for the great lesson, hymn and prayer. Just like the Clark family that was prevented from boarding the Titanic, I have had a few times that I was delayed from leaving to go somewhere, only finding out that just minutes earlier, I would have been in an accident. God has everything planned for our lives and I am so grateful that I never am angry for being late in arriving if this happens. Thank you for the goodie and note. Thank you for your great teaching Vic.

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WANTSZU 5/26/2013 6:37PM

    Wonderful blog today. God's blessings to you.

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MNABOY 5/26/2013 6:17PM

    Thanks for sharing

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What a great blog!
Thanks for sharing Our God's Word!
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CANDOIT54 5/26/2013 10:58AM

    Thank you so much.

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    What we want and God wants is not all ways the same

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NELLIEH1 5/26/2013 7:03AM

    Every one of us can see GOD's hand at work in our lives right now when we take the time with Him each day and ask. His desire is that we not set off on our own dreams/ways/plans, but instead wait at His feet, like Mary of Bethany, to hear His words to us from His scriptures, bu his Holy Spirit. GOD is totally faithful in and through every life experiene god or bad. He Is the great I AM!!

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/25/2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sat, 5/25/2013

David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart

2 Samuel 7:1-29
WHEN GOD SAYS “NO”, Lesson 5a

This passage describes what were possibly the best days in the life of King David. He was the King of Israel. His nation was united and at peace. David was enjoying a time of rest, after all the problems that he had been forced to endure. For David, these days were a time to meditate and reflect on the blessings and the grace of God. As David meditated on the Lord and the Law, a dream was born in his heart. He wanted to build God a permanent dwelling place.

Since the time the Tabernacle had been built during the days of Moses; God’s presence had dwelt in the Holy of Holies of that temporary building. David wanted to give the Lord a proper, permanent place to manifest His glorious presence. The only problem with this dream is that God said “No!” David’s reaction to God’s “No” is something we should all take to heart.

There are people who have heard the Lord say “No” in their heart. Perhaps as a young man, there was a desire to be a preacher of the Gospel. You told God you would do it, but it never worked out. Perhaps there was a dream in the heart of a young lady to be a missionary or to give your life in some other form of service, but that didn’t work out either. Perhaps there was a dream in your heart to make a lot of money so that you could give to others and to the work of the Lord, but that dream never came to pass. It is as if God said, “That is not what I have planned for your life. I want you to take a different path.” There are others who will hear Him say “No” to your dreams in the future.

What do you do when God says “No”? I think David shows us what we are supposed to do when God looks at our dream and says “No, that is not My plan for your life.” Let’s examine this chapter together today and consider the lessons that are taught here as I try to teach on the thought When God Says “No”.


v. 1-3 THE DESIRE DAVID EXPRESSED

It Was A Good Desire – As David sat in his palace, he felt guilty that he lived in the lap of such luxury when the presence of God lived inside of a tent. David believed that a God of such glory should have a house befitting His majesty. This was a good desire and David was praised by the Lord for having this dream, (2 Chron.6:7-9). The Lord’s house and these grounds ought to look the best that they can. When people come here, inside and outside, what they see reveals what we believe about the glory of God. The Lord’s house does not have to be adorned with gold and glitter, but this should testify to a passing world that the people who attend God’s house believe that we serve a God, Who is worthy of the best we can give Him. How you treat this place reveals the depth of your commitment to the Lord!

It Was A Gracious Desire – David is not asking for anything at this point, his desire is not to receive, but to give. He wants to give something back to the God, Who has given him everything. That ought to be the desire of every redeemed heart today. We could never possibly repay the Lord for all that He has done for us. He has not asked us to! But, there should be a desire within us to see Him honored and glorified, regardless of the cost. After all, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver,” (2 Cor. 9:7).

It Was A Godly Desire – David had no ulterior motives in wanting to build the Lord a house. His desire was to see the Lord glorified and honored. He wanted God to be exalted and he wanted the Lord to receive the glory and honor that He deserved. David possessed a godly desire.

It is good to have a dream! But, we need to be certain that our dreams are from the Lord. While David had a good, gracious, godly dream, his dream was not from the Lord. He is even encouraged to follow the dream by the man of God, (v. 3). You will notice that Nathan didn’t even pray about this matter. It sounded good to him, and he thought the dream was of the Lord too. Apparently, David’s dream had all the earmarks of a desire impressed upon him by the Lord. But, his dream turned out to be his own creation and not the will of the Lord.

Thank God for a dream and a desire to serve the Lord! There is nothing wrong with having a dream; we simply need to be sure that our dreams are from the Lord and that they are part of His plan for our life. When our dreams are from the Lord, they will come to pass in every detail: for example: Joseph, (Gen. 37:5-11). When our dreams are merely our own, they will likely come to naught. Thank God for the desires that He places within our hearts.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Proverbs 26:20 (New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out;
And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.

TODAY’S HYMN!
“We Have Come Into His House” By: Bruce Ballinger (1976)

We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
We have come into His house and gathered
In His name to worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
So forget about yourself and concentrate on
Him and worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Let us lift up holy hands and magnify His
Name and worship Him
Worship Him, Christ, the Lord

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Most Loving God! Where can we go or flee from Your Almighty presence? You know us inside and outside. You sent Jesus Christ to save us. We come as we are, bowing before You, asking forgiveness, that we might receive Your grace and mercy. Open our ears to hear the call that Jesus is giving us. Open our minds to the wonders of His call. Open our hearts to the love that prompts His calling. Open our lives to accept His call and to follow Him, now and always, unto heaven and glory. We approach Your throne of grace today with a humble spirit, a grateful heart, and in His precious name. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/26/2013 12:01AM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. When God says No, it can also mean I'm not ready for this. Listening to His voice will certainly lead us in His direction, not ours and distruction. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note and your teachings each day.

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NELLIEH1 5/25/2013 5:52PM

    Yes, David's heart of worship meant that he accepted GOD's "no" and then went to work to help prepare for the one who would build that house. GOD's temple is now within us!! Are we in a heart of worship continually?

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HONOURIA 5/25/2013 10:11AM

    It is as important to listen to God as it is to be obedient. Reminds me of when I wanted to go into ministry and the Lord said: absolutely not :-) and He was right!

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    Man's inventions can not substitute for God's will. Father, Give us a heart to know your will.

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SANDRALEET 5/25/2013 7:18AM

    Even when its good Gods will and ours can be different Same today

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CASTIRONLADY 5/25/2013 7:17AM

    When God says "No", He means "No"! Help us to accept this as it is always for the good of those that love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.
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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/24/2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/24/2013

2 Samuel 6:1-16
AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART, Lesson 4b

V. 6-13 HE HAD A DELIGHT IN THE PRECEPTS OF GOD

V. 6-7 David's Hasty Decision - David and his people went after the Ark. They went after it in their own strength and they failed, and Uzzah paid a high price for his disobedience. Why did he die while the Philistines didn't? Uzzah was responsible for knowing the Law of God, the Philistines didn't have the Law. God had commanded that the Ark was to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites, with golden poles through golden rings on the Ark. It was holy and not to be touched by human hands, (Ex. 25:10-22; Deu 10:8). Within this Ark were the two tables containing the Law; Aaron's rod which budded, and a golden pot filled with manna, (Heb. 9:4). We are by nature shortcut seekers. We think it is alright to shave a little here and a little there. Yet, when the Lord has spoken clearly on a topic, then we are bound to do it His way, or pay the price for our disobedience, (James 4:17). David and his people looked good as they went after the Ark, it is the obedience of the heart that God is after, (Saul - 1 Sam. 15); It doesn't matter how we look on the outside, God views the heart, (2 Tim. 3:5; 1 Sam. 16:7).


V. 7-12a David's Harsh Discovery - David discovered that God is interested in the details! He wants His people to do His will His way. Nothing else will please Him or honor Him more. How many times have we paid a high price for our own disobedience?


V. 12b-13 David's Honest Devotion - These verses tell us that David went after the Ark and brought it back. But, this time, he did it God's way. To see this, we have to look at a parallel passage, (1 Chron. 15:1-2; 13-16; 25-28). When David discovered that the Lord had a specific pattern for moving the Ark, he was determined in his heart to do it God's way. Notice that he did nothing until he could do the right thing! That is how you recognize a heart that is after God's own heart. There will be a consuming desire to honor Him by doing things the way He wants them done, (John 14:15). This involves searching our plan of God from His word and then carrying it to the letter. The word of God is filled with both "precepts" and "principles". Just like life, a speed limit sign is a precept. It is a law that does not change, regardless of the circumstances. A road sign that says "Drive to Survive", like you will find at the Maryland state line is a principle. It allows a little flexibility, but it still directs your way of life. In the Bible, an example of a precept is, (Matt. 22:37-40). An example of a principle would be, (Gal. 6:7). (Phil. 4:6) is a precept, while (Rom. 10:13) is a principle; (Rom. 12:1) is a precept; (Heb. 10:25) is a principle. There are many more that could be listed, but do you see the difference? A precept is a clearly defined law for living. A principle is a general statement about how life should be lived. However, whether it is a precept or a principle, the heart after God's heart takes them both seriously and applies them without question!

V. 14-16 HE HAD A DEDICATION TO THE PRAISE OF GOD

When you are walking in His presence and have done everything in your power to honor His precepts, He will fill your heart with His praises!

V. 14 His Praise Was Visible - Here is the king dancing a praising to the Lord publically without shame! May we never be ashamed to praise Him for what He has done for us! The heart after His heart will gladly lift His Name!

V. 15 His Praise Was Vocal - The Bible says they shouted! They openly proclaimed His glory for all to hear! When your heart is after His heart, there will be a spirit of worship and praise within your heart. This spirit of worship and praise will find an outlet in your life! It may do so in song, in spontaneous praise, or in testimony, but it will come out! I think that is a clear principle in the Bible, (Heb. 13:15; Rev. 4-5). Of course, vocal praise is also a precept, (Psa. 47:1; Psa. 135:1-3; Psa. 150:1-6, etc). How are you doing in the praise department?


V. 16; 21-23 His Praise Was Volitional - (An act of the will)! When David's wife sees him praising the Lord, she rebukes him. His response to her is worthy of note. He tells her that he has made up his mind that he will praise the Lord, even if it make him look like a fool in the eyes of men! His praise, then, is an act of the will! He decided that he would praise the Lord and he did! Too often, we allow the opinion s of others to hinder us in our praise of the Lord. Yet, the heart that is after God’s heart doesn't care what others think. Their attention is focused much higher than the opinions of other men. They merely want to praise the Lord for what He has done for them. They have decided to praise the Lord!

Conc: Are you a man or a woman who is after God's own heart? If so it will be seen in your desire for His presence; in your delight in His precepts and in your dedication to His praise. Why don't we just stop making excuses today for our shortcomings? Why don't we just come before Him and confess that our hearts need help? If we will honestly confess our failure and seek His face, He will send a revival to our soul.

TODAY’S VERSE!
Galatians 4:6 (New King James Version (NKJV)
6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Holy Spirit, Light Divine” By: Andrew Reed (1817)

Holy Spirit, light divine,
Shine upon this heart of mine,
Chase the shades of night away,
Turn my darkness into day.

2
Holy Spirit, power divine,
Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;
Long has sin, without control,
Held dominion o'er my soul.

3
Holy Ghost, with joy divine,
Cheer this saddened heart of mine,
Bid my many woes depart,
Heal my wounded, bleeding heart.

4
Holy Spirit, all divine,
Dwell within this heart of mine,
Cast down every idol throne,
Reign supreme, and reign alone.

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Loving Father, Caring God! More than anything else in this world, we want to be called children of God and call You, FATHER! You teach us, feed us, shelter us, cloth us, love us, and take good care of us. Your faithfulness is amazing and awesome to us. Joyfully, we acknowledge You as our loving and caring Father. May the world around us come to know Your tender love as we share what we have so generously received. May we never be guilty of breaking your heart and robbing others of the joy of knowing You as FATHER. These things we pray with gladness of heart in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!

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ANHELIC 5/25/2013 12:45AM

    Thank you Vic for another great lesson, hymn and prayer. Yes, we have to be after God's own heart and seek Him while He still can be found. Keep seeking and when we find Him, stay close and be obedient to Him, following along His narrow path. Thank you Vic for the goodie and note. Have a Blessed weekend and enjoy your 3 days. Thank you again for your teachings.

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MNABOY 5/24/2013 2:54PM

    Thank you for feeding my soul

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COOP9002 5/24/2013 2:13PM

    David always intrigues me. Thanks for sharing.

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HONOURIA 5/24/2013 1:17PM

    David's ebullience makes me smile. It was so out there, even if his ever-so-dignified what-will-people-think wife disagreed :-) Free enough to shout praise.

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LOOKINGUP2012 5/24/2013 12:35PM

    emoticon for these wonderful lessons.

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MZLADY77 5/24/2013 10:04AM

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AZMOMXTWO 5/24/2013 7:46AM

  thank you

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SANDRALEET 5/24/2013 7:14AM

    Yes Gods way not our way

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NELLIEH1 5/24/2013 7:07AM

    It is good to pay attention to the difference between principles and precepts in scripture...in life. Thanks for this nudge. And praise to/for GOD does flow/overflow from within an obedient heart. GOD enables us always to have a heart after Him as we choose Him above all else (and even that is His gift to us!!)

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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/23/2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/23/2013

2 Samuel 6:1-16
AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART, Lesson 4a

When the name of David is mentioned, what is your first thought? How do you remember his life? For many, their first thought is his victory over Goliath. Some remember his failure with Bathsheba. Others remember his anointing and call as a young man. Some dwell on his problems with Saul and Absalom. Some remember his friendship with Jonathon. That is the human way! We remember the spectacular, the traumatic and the glorious. However, when God remembers David, He remembers something quite different about him. To find out what God remembers about this man, you have to turn to the New Testament. Some 1,000 years after his death, Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, reveals what God remembers about David. The passage is Acts 13:22. The statement is: "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will." What a testimony of a life well lived and found pleasing to the Lord!

It should be the goal of every believer in this room to be found pleasing in the sight of the Lord. It should be our goal to be a person "After God's own heart." You may wonder how this can be done. Well, I think this passage reveals some qualities that were found in David's life that tell us why he was considered a man after God's own heart. These qualities are seen throughout David's life, but they are brought into sharp focus in this passage. By the way these are the same qualities that will enable us to be known as one "after God's own heart." Let me share those qualities with you today.

V. 1-5 HE HAD A DESIRE FOR THE PRESENCE OF GOD

V. 2-3 A Conspicuous Absence - This passage relates the fact that the Ark of the Covenant is missing. The Ark was of vital importance to the worship of the Jewish people. The Ark was the place where the "shechinah" glory of the Lord dwelt between the two cherubim. It was where God met with and dwelled with His people. However, the Ark was missing. 1 Samuel 4 tells of how foolish pride resulted in the Ark being taken by the Philistines. 1 Samuel 5-6 tell of the terrible price the Philistines paid for having the Ark in their possession. 1 Samuel 7:1-2 tells us that the Ark spent 20 years at the house of a man named Abinadab. When the Ark was missing, so was the manifest presence of the Lord God. God was still there, but His presence was not tangible. There will be times in our lives when we do not experience the "manifest presence" of the Lord. We know that He is always there, (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5), but there are times when He cannot be seen, heard or felt. Those are hard times.

V. 1-5 A Concentrated Action - During the reign of Saul, the things of the Lord had been terribly neglected. However, when David comes to the throne, he takes definite steps to recover the Ark and the presence of the Lord. More than anything in his life, David wanted to live in the presence of the Lord, (Psa. 42:1-2; Psa. 27:4). This will be the burning desire of every life that is a life after God's own heart! There will be a hunger for His manifest presence in that life. When it is missing, every possible step will be taken to recover His precious presence! Think of what it might require - Repentance, obedience, confession, forgiveness, etc.
TODAY’S VERSE!
Psalm 27:14 (New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

TODAY’S HYMN!
“Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord” By: B. Mansell Ramsey (1919)

Teach me Thy way, O Lord, teach me Thy way!
Thy guiding grace afford, teach me Thy way!
Help me to walk aright, more by faith, less by sight;
Lead me with heav’nly light, teach me Thy way!

When I am sad at heart, teach me Thy way!
When earthly joys depart, teach me Thy way!
In hours of loneliness, in times of dire distress,
In failure or success, teach me Thy way!

When doubts and fears arise, teach me Thy way!
When storms o’erspread the skies, teach me Thy way!
Shine through the cloud and rain, through sorrow, toil and pain;
Make Thou my pathway plain, teach me Thy way!

Long as my life shall last, teach me Thy way!
Where’er my lot be cast, teach me Thy way!
Until the race is run, until the journey’s done,
Until the crown is won, teach me Thy way!

TODAY’S PRAYER!
Most Holy Father, Merciful God! We bring You the praise of our lips as a sacrifice to You today. You, O God, are worthy of all praise, glory, honor, power, blessings and riches. In view of Your mercies, we offer our entire being as living sacrifices, holy because You are Holy, and pleasing because Your will and way is always a blessing to us. May we never forget our Maker and may we always offer our sacrifice of praise through Jesus Christ, our Lord, King, Redeemer, Savior, Master, and Friend. These things we pray in His blessed name! Amen!

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CIERAPOET 5/24/2013 4:44PM

    emoticon Teaching!
I thought of the Psalms and How He was a man after God's Own Heart. That Has always set with me. Although he made mistakes he immediately repented and grew closer to God. I want that type of Relationship with Our Lord. I want ALL God has for me! I DESIRE HIS PRESENCE and to DO that which PLEASES Him! Daily! I Thank God for The Blood of Jesus That Washes Away ALL sin! God is So Amazing with His PLANS for each one of us! I'm CHASING after HIS will ALL of my days!
God Bless You Vic!
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ANHELIC 5/23/2013 11:18PM

    Thank you Vic for a great lesson, hymn and prayer. My thoughts about David is how he defeated Goliath, was a man of many talents, yet turned his back on God. He was back in good faith with God who forgave him and he was still set up as King. For us, even when we stray from God, He forgives us if we repent and remain as a child of His. Thank you for the goodie and note. God bless you for your teachings.

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HONOURIA 5/23/2013 1:21PM

    David is an interesting bible character. He didn't lack for courage, he played musical instruments and was the first to link music to worship, he danced, he was poetic, passionate, larger than life. A man of passion - in his life and for God. I think on human level we can connect with that.

His writing reflects that nature as well. It is filled with emotion.

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MNABOY 5/23/2013 12:49PM

    Amen

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NELLIEH1 5/23/2013 8:37AM

    What comes to mind when I think of David is His utter abandon to GOD in worship. There is no David focus in his praise, only the LORD. Even in David's Psalms for laying before GOD his life and concerns, he comes to a place in each one of "But You , GOD, are my Rock and Fortress..."etc. Oh to continually have a heart following hard after the LORD alone!!

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AVANELL 5/23/2013 7:58AM

    My first thought about David was that he was considered to be a man after God's own heart. I long to be known by God as a woman after God's own heart. That takes commitment, time, a tender and teachable heart, a passion for all that God is and wants to be in me; a tall order to fill! But with God nothing is impossible and all things are possible to him who believes. I believe!

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RSSSLHB 5/23/2013 7:38AM

    emoticon Vic

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SANDRALEET 5/23/2013 7:29AM

    God sees our inside feelings not our outside the world sees

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AZMOMXTWO 5/23/2013 7:28AM

  thank you

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