Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thank God For Strengthening


2 Samuel 22:31-49

The Story

David's life was filled with warfare and conflict.

David declared that it was the Lord God who was his strength and his source of power. God had guarded him well and enabled him to flee from danger.

David declared that it was the Lord God who was his instructor of the art of war. God had taught him well and enabled him to stand firm.

David declared that it was the Lord God who had promoted him far above all his opponents. God had placed all his enemies under his feet and enabled him to walk in absolute victory.

Lessons

The same God who had strengthened David is the same God who will strengthen us.

God will protect us; He will guard us and enable us to flee from danger.

God will prepare us; He will teach us the art of war and enable us to stand firm.

God will promote us; He will give us the victories over all our enemies.

Remember...

Regardless of what we face, God will strengthen us and lead us toward victory in our life.

And we will sing the same song of praise to the Lord God.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Praising The Savior


2 Samuel 22:2-20

The Story

David sang of his personal relationship with God (2-3). He knew God personally and he held God close to his heart. He always looked at God with full assurance of faith.

David sang of his powerful relationship with God (2-7). He knew God as his Savior, his Sanctuary, his Security, his Shield, his Safety, and his Supply. He knew that God was all he needed in times of trouble.

David sang of a profound relationship with God (8-20). He talked about how God had blessed him, defended him and sustained him.

Lessons

It is not enough just to know about God; we are to know Him personally!

It is not enough just to believe in Him; we are to trust Him in everything!

It is not enough just to trust in Him; we are to talk of how He has blesses us, defended us, and sustained us!

Remember...

We are not to take for granted the goodness of God.

We are to know Him personally.

We are to trust Him for our need.

We are to praise Him and enjoy Him.

He is to be our Song of Songs!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Song Of Songs


2 Samuel 22:1-51

The Story

As we examine the journey of David's life, we discover that he had been a shepherd, a soldier, a sovereign, a singer and a sinner.

But now David is nearing the end of his life.

2 Samuel 21:15-17 tells us that David went out to battle and was almost killed by a Philistine giant. He was saved by his nephew and was forbidden to battle anymore.

The days of battle for David were over.

And the long days in the palace made David reflect back on his life.

As David remembered all that the Lord God had done for him, he took his pen and began to write the words of 2 Samuel 22.

Some said this was the last song written by David.

It is the song of his old age.

It is a song of joy, victory, and praise at the close of a race.

Lessons

David had written about his own walk with the Lord God.

Will we be found doing the same, praising God and worshiping Him in our old age?

Remember...

Many Christians had finished their race.

And many are nearing the end of their pilgrimage.

The apostle said "For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Timothy 4:6-8)

Will we be found doing the same before we are called home?

Will we be found singing the song of songs?