God with us – in our challenges, with our Goliaths

God with us – in our challenges, with our Goliaths

George Methodist Church

God with us in our challenges with our GOLIATH’S

1 Samuel 15

8am and 10am

17th March

Ezekiel 34:23-31

David the young outcast shepherd boy.

David is anointed by Samuel secretively after God shows him Jesse’s sons.

David and Saul – 1 Sam 17: 15

David is a skilled muso – he calms King Saul with his music. Songs of David – Psalms

 

When does David become the leader? – it starts with the sheep – a man after God’s own heart.

Some look at the man but God looks at the heart – 1 Sam 16:7.

David and Goliath – 1 Sam 17

Goliath 9 ft 6 inches. 5 smooth stones and the enemy is finished.

David went back and forth from the sheep at Bethlehem to Saul  – hide and seek

 

Saul hates David and tries to kill him a number of times. David spares Saul’s life as he climbs into a cave to relieve himself.

David and Jonathan 1 Sam 20

1 Sam 21 – 31 Saul commits suicide – falls on his own sword and Jonathan dies.

David the King and Jerusalem defeated. 2 Samuel 5

One nation under one king but still the enemy lurks in the background. Isn’t this so much like our lives?

David and Bathsheba. Nathan the editor 2  Samuel 11 and 12

David is at home while the army is fighting and in a moment of weakness he gets distracted by a beautiful woman named Bathsheba (maybe this is where we get the word bath??) as she takes a bath on the rooftop of her dwelling. David breaks five of the Ten Commandments – He covets his neighbors wife, he bears false witness against the husband, he steals the wife, he commits adultery, and he murders the husband Uriah. Over this little story the nation goes downhill for 500 years.

David has a son and his name is Solomon (peace) Jerushalaem – shalom Solomon.

Nathan the editor, comes to David a year later and he repents and writes a song and that song is Psalm 51.

Psa 51:1  (For the music leader. A psalm by David when the prophet Nathan came to him after David had been with Bathsheba.) You are kind, God! Please have pity on me. You are always merciful! Please wipe away my sins.

Psa 51:2  Wash me clean from all of my sin and guilt.

Psa 51:3  I know about my sins, and I cannot forget my terrible guilt.

Psa 51:4  You are really the one I have sinned against; I have disobeyed you and have done wrong. So it is right and fair for you to correct and punish me.

Psa 51:5  I have sinned and done wrong since the day I was born.

Psa 51:6  But you want complete honesty, so teach me true wisdom.

Psa 51:7  Wash me with hyssop until I am clean and whiter than snow.

Psa 51:8  Let me be happy and joyful! You crushed my bones, now let them celebrate.

Psa 51:9  Turn your eyes from my sin and cover my guilt.

Psa 51:10  Create pure thoughts in me and make me faithful again.

Psa 51:11  Don’t chase me away from you or take your Holy Spirit away from me.

Psa 51:12  Make me as happy as you did when you saved me; make me want to obey!

Psa 51:13  I will teach sinners your Law, and they will return to you.

Psa 51:14  Keep me from any deadly sin. Only you can save me! Then I will shout and sing about your power to save.

Psa 51:15  Help me to speak, and I will praise you, Lord.

Psa 51:16  Offerings and sacrifices are not what you want.

Psa 51:17  The way to please you is to feel sorrow deep in our hearts. This is the kind of sacrifice you won’t refuse.

Psa 51:18  Please be willing, Lord, to help the city of Zion and to rebuild its walls.

Psa 51:19  Then you will be pleased with the proper sacrifices, and we will offer bulls on your altar once again.

The last few chapters of 2 Samuel describes:

 David’s trouble with his family

David and his son Absalom 2 Samuel 15 and 18

Absalom becomes more powerful than David and sends him into exile. He parades all of David’s wives and has sex with them on the roof in public. David does battle with Absalom and kills him and wishes that he had died himself.

David’s trouble with the nation. Ch 19 and 20

David is challenged by Judah and Judah fighting for each other’s worth. A worthless man by the name of Sheba who eventually lost his head after not following David. The rebellion ceased.

Chapters 21 – 24  Philistines rise up and a giant with 6 fingers and six toes is killed by David’s brother Jonathan (another Jonathan in case you were wondering ).

David sings a song in Chapter 22 and has a last word in Chapter 23 and then lists his mighty men  – 37 in all with a list of all they did.

David finally builds an altar on the threshing floor bought from Araunah the Jebusite – in Jerusalem which then became the site of the temple right to this very day, although Muslims have the dome of the rock on the same site.

David was 30 years old when he became king and he reigned for 40 years. 2 Sam 5:4

Lessons from a leader.

  1. See a challenge as an opportunity.
  2. Learn to seek counsel when you have done wrong – Nathan the editor.
  3. Make sure you have some good friends around you – Jonathan. Jesus – Peter, James and John.
  4. Understand the storms – change the sails or shift direction or button down the hatches.
  5. Create a strategy plan for the future. David and Solomon.

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