Friday, April 19, 2013
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 4/19/2013
David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
1 Samuel 18:5-16
IN THE PRESENCE OF TRUE GREATNESS, Lesson 10c
v. 17-23 THE PERCEPTION OF DAVID’S LIFE
David’s greatness can also be seen in how he was perceived by the people around him and by himself.
v. 7-9; 15; 29 The Private Perception Of David’s Life – How King Saul perceived David – King Saul hated David and wanted him dead. When he looked at David, he looked at him through jealous eyes. He saw a young man who was everything he himself was not. He saw a young man who walked with God. He saw a young man who carried himself well. He saw a young man who was ambitious, faithful and clean. And, Saul hated him because of it. Saul hated David so much that he tried to kill him with his own hand. When that didn’t work, he tried to kill David through deceit, (v. 17-25). Saul hated David, but he hated him because God was with David and not with Saul. He hated David because David walked with God.
The Public Perception Of David’s Life – How the people of Israel perceived David – Saul’s private perception of David was one thing, but the public’s perception of David’s life was altogether different.
v. 5 Saul’s Servants – The people in the king’s palace saw how David carried himself and they were impressed with David.
v. 5, 16, 30 Saul’s Subjects – All of the people saw God’s hand on David’s life and they were impressed with him.
v. 1-4, 20, 28 Saul’s Son and Daughter – Even Saul’s own children, Jonathan and Michal love David. There is something about his life that touches them as well.
The Personal Perception Of David’s Life – How David perceived himself - The only person in Israel who seems to be unaware of David’s greatness is David. When it is mentioned that he might become the king’s son in law, David speaks about his own unworthiness, (v. 17-23). David isn’t nearly as impressed with David as the others were.
Here is one of the most powerful secrets of obtaining greatness. The person who possesses true greatness will be the last one to know it!
All around us, there are plenty of people who want us to know how great they think they are. They are always talking about themselves and their achievements. They are constantly elevating themselves and exalting themselves above others. But, the truly great person will never be in the business of lifting up his own name or promoting his own fame. In fact, he will be amazed when others lift his name and talk about his greatness. This was the kind of spirit that David possessed and it is the same spirit that we should all strive to have within us. This was also the spirit that dwelt within the Apostle Paul, “I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.” (2 Cor. 12:11).
The Bible has something to say about this matter of self-perception:
Listen to Proverbs 27:2, “Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.”
Listen to Proverbs 26:12, “Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.”
Listen to 2 Cor. 10:12, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
The person who must toot his own horn to get attention and recognition is not a wise person, according to the Bible. It is far better to let the Lord exalt us, in His time, than it is for us to be in the business of exalting ourselves.
Listen to 2 Cor. 10:18, “For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.”
In fact, it is unwise to listen to closely to what others say about you! Folks will love you today and tell you how great you are; but just cross them up, and they will turn on you like a rabid dog! Live for God and let Him do the exalting; beware of thoughts of personal greatness and don’t believe all the good things others say about you!
Micah 4:1 (New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
“Majesty” By: Jack Hayford (1981)
Majesty worship His Majesty
Unto Jesus, be all glory,
Power and praise
Majesty, Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne,
Unto his own, His anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high
The Name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify,
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His Majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all Kings.
Father of Light, God of Grace! We praise You for Jesus, who is the light of the world. In Him there is truth and grace. In Him and Him alone there is Greatness. In Him there is eternal life! Your light is in us because of the indwelling Word and Spirit with which You gave us in Him, through Him and by Him. He is Light and in Him there is no darkness. Enable Your Light and Truth to lift us up, to guide us, and to bring us to Your Holy hill. We worship You for being the light of our lives, and we thank You for making our darkness disappear. Be the sun shining that shines ever brighter in our lives, that brings us ever closer to an eternal perfect day. Thank You Father for all Your works on our behalf. It is in His precious name that we pray. Amen!
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