FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/17/2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
DAVID, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 5/17/2013
David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
2 Samuel 5:1-5
The Road To The Throne, Lesson 1c
V. 5:1-5 THE PLACE OF PROFOUND SURRENDER
After two years of struggle and civil war, all the people of Israel come to David and anoint him to be king over the entire land. This is the third time David is anointed for this office. The first was by Samuel in 1 Sam. 16. The second was by the people of Judah. The third is by the entire nation. They are finished with partial submission. They crown David King of Israel. As they do, they acknowledge three great truths. These are important to our understanding of what it means for Jesus to be our King as well.
v. 1 They Acknowledge A Relationship – They come to David acknowledging the fact that there is a family relationship between them. They are saying, “David we are connected by blood.” Only one with that family connection would have been fit to rule over them.
One of the first steps in yielding control of your life totally to the rule of King Jesus is to recognize our connection to Him. He is qualified to be our King because He died on the cross to redeem us from our sins, (1 Pet. 1:18-19; Rev. 1:5; Isa. 53:4-8). When we came to Him for salvation, we became connected to Jesus by His blood! Most of us came to Jesus to get out of our sin trouble, right? But, in any genuine salvation experience, there is also a genuine desire to repent and to serve the Lord, (1 Pet. 1:14-15; Titus 2:11-12). In other words, a person who comes to Jesus for salvation also understands that he or she is saying goodbye to the old life of sin and hello to a new life of service and submission to the Lord, (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 5:6-8). You can’t have Jesus as your Savior if you are unwilling to have Him as your Lord also! It impossible to hold to the Lord with one hand, while still clinging to the world with the other, (Luke 16:13). I know some will disagree, but it does not change the fact the Jesus is still, and always will be, the Lord Jesus Christ! And, when you got Him, you did not get part of Him, you got all or nothing!
v. 2a They Acknowledge A Responsibility – Israel remembers the heroic deeds of David. They remember His power and the victories God gave Israel when he was leading the armies. They remember all that David has done for the nation and they realize they have a responsibility to bow before him.
If we would just stop to think of what Jesus has done for us, we would immediately see our responsibility to Him. The very fact that He would die for us and save us from our sins and from an eternity in Hell is cause enough for us to bow before Him in humble surrender to His Lordship in our lives. If we acknowledge the fact that He saved us, we are also admitting the truth that we owe Him our very lives. The very least we can do is surrender to Him as our Lord and our King, (Rom. 12:1-2).
v. 2b They Acknowledge A Revelation – They verbalize their understanding of the fact that David was King of Israel by the will of God. They seem to grasp the truth that to bow to David as their king is to bow to the will of God for their lives and for their nation. So it is with us in our walk with the Lord Jesus Christ! Jesus is Lord! Not because I say so, but because God has said so, (Acts 2:36). So, our duty to Him is to bow to Him; acknowledge Him to be Lord of all; and do our best to honor Him as our Savior, our Lord, our God and our King. After all, we will give and account to Him someday of how we have responded to His lordship in our lives, (Rom. 14:8-12).
Conc: The road to the throne was long and hard for David; but he finally arrived there and was crowned king of all Israel. Imagine the hardships the nation would have been spared if they had bowed before David as soon as Saul died!
But, let’s not be too hard on those folks. I am speaking to people today, who have yet to acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and King in your life. You are saved, but you are not totally surrender to Him. He is still walking the hard, long road to the throne in your heart.
Now, I know that we all have trouble in this area. I know I do! There are times when I seem to say, “Lord, how about letting me sit on the throne for a while?” You ever do that? I wonder how many of us are saying in our hearts today something like this: “God being my witness, I want to enthrone Him in my heart and life and declare Him to be Lord of all. I want to bow at His feet and yield everything to Him. I am tired of the warfare. I am tired of the wasted opportunities. I am tired of making Him wait to have what is truly His. I want to bow once and for all and surrender everything to Jesus. I am His by relationship. I know that He is King by revelation and I know that I have a responsibility to bow before Him and enthrone Him in my heart as my Lord and King”? Is that your heart today? If it is, follow through on that desire. Bow before Him and end the battles, end the bloodshed and enthrone Jesus in your heart. If you are not saved, realize all that He did for you and come to the King for what your heart needs today. Those who love the King obey the King, (John 14:15).
John 14:19 (New King James Version (NKJV)
19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
“Take My Life, and Let It Be” By: Frances R. Havergal (1874)
1. Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
*Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
2. Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
3. Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
4. Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
5. Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
Father and God of the Past, the Present, and the future! Time has not changed since Jesus walked the dusty roads of life. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world did not know Him; but we have come to know Him and love Him. Give us confidence in trouble times, to learn to look inward and upward for salvation and deliverance. Enable us to place our faith in Him, knowing that You will keep Your promises to us just as You did to the faithful of long ago. Thank You for sending Jesus, Your Beloved Son, the Christ, to us, to be our Savior, Lord and King. He reigns in Heaven and earth, and now in our hearts and mind and lives. Blessed is the King of kings and Lord of lords. This is our prayer today to You in His Mighty name. Amen!
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