Sunday, May 05, 2013
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Sun, 5/5/2013
David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
1 Samuel 27:1-12
WHEN SMART PEOPLE MAKE FOOLISH DECISIONS, Lesson 15b
Vs. 27:2-30:6 THE RESULTS OF DAVID’S DECISION
27:2-3 The People In David’s Life Were Affected – Because of the foolish decision David made, everyone who’s life touched that of David was affected as well. All 600 of his men and their families; his own wives and children; everyone around David was brought down by his decision! All of those people where brought into a place of compromise and temptation because one man listened to his heart instead of listening to the Lord.
Romans 14:7 says, “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.” That basically means that everything we do in our lives touches those around us. When a husband or a wife steps out of God’s will, it affects their marriage. When one or both parents refuse to live by God’s standards, it has an impact on their children. People at school, at work and at church are touched by the way we live our lives. We never know who is watching, or who might be hindered when we give in to the advice of the heart and walk away from God. But, remember, there is a price to pay for touching others in a negative manner, (Luke 17:1-2).
27:5-12 The Pattern Of David’s Life Was Affected – Not only did David’s decision affect the people around him; the very way David lived his life was altered. In other words, his decision to walk away from the Lord changed him completely. Look at some of the things the Bible reveals about this tragic time in David’s life.
v. 4 David lived with a sense of false security. He thought he was safe.
v. 5 David sought help and ran with the wrong crowd. He literally aligned himself with the enemy.
vs. 8-12 David did things there that he never would have done before. He murdered, he lied, and he submitted himself to the enemy of God. The whole fabric of David’s life was altered by the decision he made.
v. 7 David stayed there for 16 months. I am sure he was there longer than he intended to be.
It is also worthy to note that no Psalms are attributed to David during this period of his life. It seems as though the “Sweet Singer of Israel” has lost his voice.
When a believer makes that fatal decision to walk away from the Lord and from the place of blessing, their life will be affected in a negative way.
Like the Prodigal, they will live in a false sense of security; but the backslider is never out of the view of the Lord God; nor is he too far away to avoid chastisement, (Rev. 3:19; Heb. 12:6-12).
The one who walks away will find that they are soon doing things they would have done before; and that they are doing them with a crowd they would never have run with before, (1 Cor. 15:33).
They will find that their entire lifestyle has been changed and they will look around and find that months and even years have passed while they languished in the far country.
They will also find that their song has departed and that their joy has dried up.
You cannot walk away from God and go off into sin and not be affected! If walking away from the Lord does not alter your life; then I would venture to say that you were not His to begin with!
29:1-30:6a The Peace Of David’s Life Was Affected – Someone said, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go; keep you longer than you want to stay; and cost you more than you want to pay.” We are seeing the truth of that fleshed out in David’s life. In this passage, David has fallen about as far as a man can fall. He is out of God’s will; off God’s path and actively working with the enemy against the people of God. But, thankfully, David was not having a good time! You see, his sin affected the people in his life; it affected the pattern of his life; but it also affected the peace of his life.
29:1-5 – David has lost his identity. He unites himself with the Philistines to go and do battle with his own people, Israel. But, even the Philistines do not want him around! He has become and offense to them as well. He is literally a man without a country at this point.
29:6-8 – David reveals the depths to which he has fallen. The future king of Israel grovels at a pagan king’s feet and declares himself to be that king’s servant! He even says that the enemies of King Achish are David’s enemies!
29:9-11 – David is declared to be a faithful servant by Achish.
30:1-5 – David finally reaps the harvest of the wickedness he has sown. He loses far more than he could have ever imagined. The Amalekites retaliate against David and his men for their earlier actions, (27:8-11). Their families are taken captive and their city is burned to the ground! Yet, those pagans showed more grace and mercy than David, the man of God had shown his enemies.
30:6 – David finally reaches the bottom. His men turn on him and threaten to kill him. They rightly realize that all of these tragedies are the result of David’s foolish decision. His sin has taken everything away from him!
What a frightening portrait of the power and potential of sin on our lives! You and I may walk away from the lord and go our own way, but we will not do so without paying a terribly high price! What will it cost you my friend? Is the sin you are about to walk away from God to commit worth the price you are going to pay? Is it worth your spouse? Is it worth your children? Is it worth your ministry? Is it worth your good name? Is it worth your power with God? Is it worth your health? Is it worth your life?
Let us not think for one second that we can walk away from the Lord and do so without consequences! There will be a price to pay and God will have no trouble collecting that price from our lives! That is the clear lesson of Scripture, (Num. 32:23; Psa. 13:15). Before you make a foolish decision and walk away from the lord; consider the price that you might have to pay.
Luke 21:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)
19 By your patience possess your souls.
“Be Still, My Soul” By: Katharina Von Schlegel (1752) & Jane Borthwick (1855)
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
Be still, my soul: begin the song of praise
On earth, believing, to Thy Lord on high;
Acknowledge Him in all thy words and ways,
So shall He view thee with a well pleased eye.
Be still, my soul: the Sun of life divine
Through passing clouds shall but more brightly shine.
Holy Father, Divine God! You turn our mourning into dancing, fill us with Thy gladness, and bring songs of praises and thanksgiving to our hearts and lips. You are Lord and King of our lives and our precious Redeemer. There is no other God like You. Your love is full of goodness, grace and mercy. You heal us when we are broken and bandage the wounds of our souls. You lead us back when we have gone astray. You build us up when we are weak in our souls. You are Great and Powerful, and understand all things, even what is in our hearts. You take our sadness, hurts and depression and put gladness in our hearts. Today, we put on the garments of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness. It is to Your glory and in the name of Jesus that we pray. Amen!
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