A Man Who Made a Difference
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"Now these are the last words of David. David the son of Jesse declares, And the man who was raised on high declares,The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel,  The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.  The God of Israel said, The Rock of Israel spoke to me, 'He who rules over men righteously, Who rules in the fear of God,  Is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, A morning without clouds, When the tender grass springs out of the earth, Through sunshine after rain.'  Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made an everlasting covenant with me, Ordered in all things, and secured; For all my salvation and all my desire, Will He not indeed make it grow?  But the worthless, every one of them will be thrust away like thorns, Because they cannot be taken in hand;  But the man who touches them Must be armed with iron and the shaft of a spear, And they will be completely burned with fire in their place."
These are the final words of David as he reflected over his life. I've learned a lot the past few months as we've studied David's life. This past week, I jotted down a few notes of what I consider to be the great life lessons from David's life, let me share four of them with you today.
EVEN A YOUNG MAN CAN BE USED OF GOD.
David was a courageous man-even as a young man. He who took a stand against Goliath the Philistine. Though Goliath was a seasoned warrior of great reputation, David would not let Goliath mock the armies of God. "Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?" (1 Samuel 17:26 NLT) David asked. David wasn't intimidated. Why? Well for one, he knew his God was bigger-he had faith. But he also had a humble confidence in his ability to defeat the giant.
The young shepherd boy took his sling shot, five smooth stones, and the confidence of a man on a mission from God into battle. Before Goliath got within range to strike David, David launched a stone at the Giant. God directed the stone to hit Goliath at a point of vulnerability and David used the giant's own sword to kill the him, which in turn set the enemy to flight. In the center of God's will, David lost his fear, and Goliath lost his head.
Remember that this great victory occurred while David was a young person. The church is frittering away one of its greatest assets if it insists on viewing young people as the church's future instead of fully vested members of the church of today. Remember, even a young man can be used of God.
EVEN POWERFUL MEN CAN'T STOP THE HAND OF GOD.
Try as he might, King Saul was unable to stop the hand of God from establishing
David as the next King of Israel. Saul tried to kill David several times.
On one occasion, David began playing the harp to soothe Saul. With David
occupied, Saul grabbed a spear and threw it at David, intending on pinning
him against the wall. David leaped out of the way and ran for his life.
Another time, King Saul told his son Jonathan, along with Saul's servants,
to put David to death. Instead, Jonathan intervened and was a peacemaker
between Saul and David. With everything patched up between Saul and David,
David returns to his duties and was playing the harp for him, as he had
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