Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Song of David


Set up the account of David leading up to:

1 Samuel 21  NKJV
10  Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.
11  And the servants of Achish said to him, "Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying: ’Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands’?"
12  Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath.
13  So he changed his behavior before them, feigned madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard.
14  Then Achish said to his servants, "Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me?
15  "Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?"

1 Sameul 22
1  David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him.
2  And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

About 40 years later David, now the older much wiser King of Israel wrote a song about his encounter with Acish the king of Gath. This morning I want to share 3 verses of this song with you. We find these three things in:

Psalm 34
1.   verse 7  The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
2.   verse 8  Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him
3.   verse 19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

Those who fear and trust God will be delivered from every affliction.

1.  How does a person fear the Lord?
a.   The fear David wrote about is better known today as:
                                         i.    Respect
                                        ii.    Reverence
                                      iii.    Deference
b.   It’s not wanting to disappoint or disrespect
c.   It’s submission

The greatest show of respect is to humble yourself in the hand of God and accept the sacrifice of His Son as sufficient for your salvation.

2.  Do you trust God?
a.   Not just for things you can’t change …
                                         i.    Sometimes it’s easy to believe you trust God when there is really nothing you can do about it anyway … things like eternity or past failures.
b.   But for things over which you currently have power
                                         i.    Your current relationships
                                        ii.    The money you have in your account, purse or pocket
                                      iii.    Deciding where to spend your time or efforts today
c.   You aren’t trusting God if you aren’t trusting Him right now!

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts Him.

Late in life King David wrote a song about a very difficult time in his life. What David remembered was the deliverance that came to him because he feared and trusted Jehovah, the Lord God Almighty. David did not focus on the afflictions but rather he focused on the goodness of God which comes to all who put their trust in Him.

This morning I want to encourage you to fear and to trust the Lord in all things. God will deliver the righteous from every affliction. Do it now!