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A Man Who Made a Difference
2 Samuel 23:1-7
"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
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
done countless times, and like he had done in 1 Samuel 18:10, Saul tried
to kill David while he was ministering to him. And once again, David ran
for his life. This time, Saul dispatched messengers to watch him and kill
him in the morning in his own bed. Just as Jonathan had intervened on David's
behalf, so did Michal, Saul's daughter and David's wife. She helped him
escape and deceived the king and his messengers so David could escape.
Michal lied, saying he was sick, Saul asked the messengers to bring David
to him so Saul could kill him himself (I guess he thought he could handle
David himself if he was sick.) Saul was shocked to learn that his own daughter
had deceived him to help her husband escape.
David survived and on two occasions, David found Saul in a vulnerable
position and could have killed him and ascended to the throne, but he chose
a different path. In a self-imposed exile to preserve his life and the
life of his king, David lived in the land of his enemies-the Philistines
for over a year, waiting for God to take His vengeance on Saul. It was
all a matter of trust-trust that his God could and would protect him and
take vengeance on his king who was trying to kill him.
In the end, God used two of Saul's greatest enemies to defeat Saul.
The battle turned against the armies of God and one of Saul's enemies-the
Philistines-killed all three of his sons. Advancing into the core of Israel's
command, the archers hit and weakened Saul. Saul knew the end was near,
so he commanded his assistant to draw his sword and kill him. Saul did
not want his enemies to have the satisfaction of killing or even torturing
him. But his assistant refused to obey the order. So Saul's greatest enemy-himself-
fell on his own weapon. Resulting in David ascending to the throne. Remember,
no one can stop the hand of God.
EVEN GODLY MEN SIN.
King David was a man of great contradictions. He was a hard working
man who was equally comfortable playing a musical instrument or fighting
in a war. He was a tender-hearted poet, with musical talents that could
soothe the souls of his listeners. He was a "man after God's own heart"--
a spiritual man.
David wasn't a softie. He was a warrior without peer. The people said
of him: "Saul has killed his thousands, but David his ten thousands." Even
the smallest child in our Sunday School could retell the story we just
discussed of David defeating the giant Goliath.
David was a strong man--a leader of men, a man that anyone would feel
safe walking beside. David was a spiritual man who penned many beautiful
psalms that were sung in his day and read in our day. Yet, David had a
severe moral lapse.
It was the time of year when Kings lead their troops to war, but David
was no where to be found. Instead of assuming his leadership role, he lingered
around the palace. While walking around the palace roof, he spotted a beautiful
woman taking a bath. Instead of turning his head and walking away, he stayed
Later, he sent for her and consummated his sin with her in the palace.
She became pregnant. His sin found him out. He tried to cover up his sin,
but to no avail. Ultimately, his sin lead to murder.
His sin began with him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Why
wasn't he at work where he belonged? Why didn't he run when he was tempted?
Why didn't he show self control and remain righteous.
This sin became a defining moment in his life. It is too bad that he
didn't finish as strong as he started. He could defeat countless Philistines
in battle, but was overcome by the seduction of a single woman. Remember,
even godly men can sin.
EVEN THOUGH SINS CARRY CONSEQUENCES, GOD LOVES AND RESTORES THOSE WHO
David had always known he'd sinned against God, but after this conversation
with Nathan, the weight of his sin sunk in. David didn't try to shift the
blame or avoid responsibility, instead he confessed his sin to God.
David admitted his sin. Psalm 51:3 "For I acknowledge my transgressions:
and my sin is ever before me." ( KJV)
David requested forgiveness for his sin. Psalm 51:1-2 "Have mercy upon
me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude
of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly
from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin." (KJV)
David invited God to change his life. Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean
heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me." (KJV)
David asked for his joy back. Psalm 51:12 "Restore unto me the joy of
thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." (KJV)
God judged David, but in the midst of God's judgment, His grace flowed
freely. His sin was forgiven. Grace was extended.
That is the power of confession. In the midst of confession, God's grace
freely flows and gives us what we don't deserve-forgiveness and his mercy
falls down on us and doesn't give us what we do deserve-death. God forgave
David, and He can forgive you too. Remember, God restores those who repent.