06/19/16 – 496 – David’s Story – Wrappin’ Things Up
Yes, I know it’s Sunday. I even remember we finished with David’s story yesterday. Just had a few more thoughts from his story that might actually relate to our worship today.
You might have heard it said that ‘life is a series of battles’. This was certainly true of David, wasn’t it? From the time he was a boy shepherd, fighting off wild animals to defend his sheep (there’s a word picture for us, no?) until the day he died he always seemed to be fighting someone or something. Also, while he was fighting those ‘real’ battles – the wars with spears and swords and things – he was fighting the same internal battles that most of us face.
These were the battles with temptation, depression, fear etc. If you don’t believe me, just read the Psalms. In fact, here’s a list that John Piper put together:
- Loneliness: “I am lonely and afflicted” (Psalms 25:16).
- Love: “I love you, O Lord, my strength” (Psalms 18:1).
- Awe: “Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him” (Psalms 33:8).
- Sorrow: “My life is spent with sorrow” (Psalms 31:10).
- Regret: “I am sorry for my sin” (Psalms 38:18).
- Contrition: “A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalms 51:17).
- Discouragement and turmoil: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me” (Psalms 42:5)?
- Shame: “Shame has covered my face” (Psalms 44:15).
- Exultation: “In your salvation how greatly he exults” (Psalms 21:1).
- Marveling: “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalms 118:23).
- Delight: “His delight is in the law of the Lord” (Psalms 1:2).
- Joy: “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalms 4:7).
- Gladness: “I will be glad and exult in you” (Psalms 9:2).
- Fear: “Serve the Lord with fear” (Psalms 2:11).
- Anger: “Be angry, and do not sin” (Psalms 4:4).
- Peace: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep” (Psalms 4:8).
- Grief: “My eye wastes away because of grief” (Psalms 6:7).
- Desire: “O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted” (Psalms 10:17).
- Hope: “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you” (Psalms 33:22).
- Brokenheartedness: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalms 34:18).
- Gratitude: “I will thank you in the great congregation” (Psalms 35:18).
- Zeal: “Zeal for your house has consumed me” (Psalms 69:9).
- Pain: “I am afflicted and in pain” (Psalms 69:29).
- Confidence: “Though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Psalms 27:3).
I want you read all those before church this morning, and you’ll truly be prepared for anything.
Just kidding – I know most of you would probably miss church! Really, I want you to notice one thing from all this – there are battles, but there are many victories as well! God always comes through for David. Even when David does wrong, He is able to reconcile with God. Sometimes there was punishment. But that’s the punishment that Jesus Christ took on His shoulders when He went to the cross for us.
Don’t get me wrong. We still have to reconcile – but for us it’s about confessing Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and about repenting of our sins. This means real change in our lives.
Hebrews 9:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins
Scary, eh? Only if you never really allowed the Holy Spirirt to change you after you were ‘saved’.
But today, I want to end on a high note. I’ll borrow this (maybe literal) ‘high note’ from one of David’s songs:
Psalm 33:22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
If you are one that has never allowed the Spirit in to change you – make today your day. If you are one fighting one of those internal (or external) battles, find it in the list above and start your prayers there. If you’re all good – hallelujah! You better be saying THANK YOU, because you’re one of the few. If you’re one of the many, don’t forget our last verse – we all have hope in Jesus Christ.
Now, you’re ready. Go and worship.