Posted by: Pastor J Jacobs on Mon, Mar 23, 2015
II Samuel 22
As we open to Palm 18 this morning, I have been praying that maybe this Psalm will become the most meaningful and precious of all the Psalms we have studied. We walked through David's life for many months; from his childhood and all its struggles, through the triumphs of the battle field to the defeats of those unguarded moments-all through the inspired record God gave to us.
The reason I have loved this study of David's life is because of the way God's grace is brought so visibly forward in David's life--the grace that saves, the grace that forgives, the grace that gives new beginnings each day and every hour. Especially when we gather around the Table celebrating Christ's Cross these truths are closest and dearest.
Grace says God is committed to finishing what He started in my life; Christ says I am going to keep cleansing you as often as needed; I am going to love you no matter what you do and nothing can make me love you any more or any less. That means all of us must be…
SEEKING GOD WHEN IMPERFECT
David's life declares that it doesn't take perfection to please God.
One of the reasons that we need so long to go through David's life is that it takes us so long to realize that God does not demand nor expect perfection.
• You don't have to be fearless to please God-David was often afraid and had to flee to the Lord. Remember that next time you are afraid!
• You don't have to be perfect to please God-David was smitten by guilt and confessed his sins to the Lord. Remember that next time you are stained by sin!
• You don't have to have a perfect marriage to please God-David had marriage problems he gave to the Lord. Remember that next time you are weeping inside or outside over the stress and pain that you feel at your partner!
• You don't have to have perfect children to please God-David has no recorded children who followed the Lord to the end of their life. Remember that next time you feel the harsh blast of their disobedience, disrespect or ingratitude!
• You don't have to be constantly serene to please God-David was often depressed and had to sometimes crawl back to the Lord. Remember that next time you are too discouraged to even get out of bed, or go to work, or look another person in the eye!
But we do have to experience God's grace to please Him.
We gather as Christ's Body to praise God for grace-and David's life is covered with grace. God looks upon David not always as he was but always as he would be. God saw his heart, knew his deepest desire and forgave all the rest.
David was imperfect, sometimes failing, fearful, sad, and troubled-and through it all, in spite of it all, and in it all-David says from start to finish, all of his life--I love the Lord.
When we stopped at David's deathbed, we witnessed his hope and peace as he walked through that valley of death's shadow and feared no evil.
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