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Lessons from a boy named David

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I love digging into the Old Testament. It’s a great reminder of God’s promises, of God’s forgiveness and of the people God used. David is one of those people who I am often inspired by. Not necessarily for the great things that he has done, but more for the mercy that he was shown on a daily basis. I’ve found myself in so many situation where I thought my life was ruined, yet when I look at God I gain a sense of hope that I have not found anywhere else.

David was a the typical person that God used. Someone no one was expecting. He was the yo0ungest and smallest in his family. He was the last person anyone would have expected to be used in such big ways by God. During the episode of fighting Goliath, he is told the “he is just a boy.” Those five words sting. When I hear those words I think that I am too weak, to small, to inexperienced, not good enough, and can’t succeed. In otherwords, I am useless. They are the words that non one wants to hear.

David seemed to be inspired by what was goign against him. He seemed to thrive off of it. In an argument with his brother, he tries to explain all that he has done in killing  lion and how Goliath will be just like that. His brother tears him down though saying he is not good enough. That would have beat my confidence down enough to force me out, but not David. He kept on. He had the one thing on his side that could not be defeated. He had God. He knew that God does not lose and will never be defeated. He took that confidence with him and won!

A while later, when David was at his peak, we saw a different side to him. We saw that while he was King, he was still just a man. He failed God and failed those around him. The slippery slope got the best of him and he was on the road to isolation. He was alone in his struggles and quickly he was on his way to meet his doom.

By God’s grace, Nathan entered his life and saved him from himself. I think of those times that when I was most alone, God put someone in my life to help me up. David’s contrite heart helped him undertstand the hole in that could only be filled by God.

When you are feeling down and out, who do you turn to? When you feel alone are you responding to those God is placing in your life? Who does your contrite hear cause you to turn to?

David was a  great example of no matter are place in life, we need God. We need him at every turn. Nothing else can fill that hole but Him.

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Worship: Not only for Sunday mornings

Worship is often misunderstood.

Many think that worship happens on Sunday mornings. They think that worship is that time in church when you stand up to sing a song. Some say, I’m looking forward to Sunday so I can worship!”If you fit into one of these three categories, take a step back and consider what scripture says about worship.

I asked last week if you worship within your groups, some of you do, some of you don’t. Worship can happen every day. It’s not solely reserved for Sunday mornings. Through the Old Testament, primarily through the Psalms, we read of the heart of worship. David displayed his heart for worship through his writings. This is what stirred his heart on a daily basis. The mere thought of a great and glorious God was enough to send shivers down his spine as he would fall to the floor in reverence.

I often think that today we lose sight of God’s grandeur, not that we could ever hope to know exactly how big God is, but that its much easier to place God in a box and carry Him around like a poodle in a purse. Worship was never meant to be a once a week occurrence but a lifestyle. The word worship, or shachah (Hebrew) means to fall down prostrate on one’s knees. Think of Psalm 29:2 which says, “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.” Or in the New Testament worship or proskyneo (Greek) is similar, but means “to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with the forehead as an expression of profound reverence”.

Our worship is far more than even singing. To use the cliche saying, it’s a lifestyle. A part of who we are as Christ followers is expressed in how we cope with situations, who we are when no one is looking, and who we desire to be. David was always expressing the fact that he desired so much more than what he had. He wanted more God.

So when we join with others for worship, if we are bringing in a lifestyle of worship, it almost becomes an expected part of our group. If we are worshipers seven days a week, and not just Sunday, our worship is never ceasing. It flows through us, a day without worship is like a day without breathing.

There is a relatively simple passage at the end of the book of James. In 5:13, we read “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

These simple instructions are for the worshiper. Consider them guidance through this life. James tells us to pray, to sing songs of praise, to ask for forgiveness, to confess, and to be prayed for. All of these are characteristics of the life of a worshiper.

So, as an encouragement to you, if you are living a life of worship, why not bring worship into your group meetings, why not sing songs of praise to the God who is worthy? Pray for and with one another, confess and ask for forgiveness. Let God be God.

The last remark from James is one to point out too. “My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

Even in those times in which we tend to drift away from the truth lean on those around you. Your LIFE groups are more than just a bible study, they are the church.  Let them bring you back to the truth.

Does your group worship together?

In the book of Psalms, David speaks to his worship of the Lord over and over again. We read about the songs of praise given to the Lord. Next week I am going to be writing about how we can incorporate worship as a part of our LIFE group meetings. I want to know if your group has ever participated in worship together in your group? What inspired you to bring this aspect into your group? Are you still worshiping with your group?

Please click on the comment link below to leave your comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

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