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LOD-04 100207PM Short Clip As we open to I Samuel 16 think with me what David must have felt: So much has happened so fast. First, he was “King for a day” in chapter 16 we met a young shepherd boy, minding his sheep when the greatest man in Israel comes and sits in his […]
FTGC-07a 210209PM As we travel these six weeks serving classrooms virtually along the Pacific Rim–each week I’m also leading a small group of students that are studying all the way through the Bible in 2021. You are welcome to join us. This is TODAY’S study that Bonnie helped me to record when we finished in […]
The Richest Man Ever 19-Samuel-20 191125AM Who Was The Richest Man Ever? Our legacy is what we leave behind to those we love. What did David God’s servant leave behind? In Acts 13:22,36 we saw David’s epitaph, written by God, in nine words–David served the purpose of God in his generation. The first thing […]
Embracing God 19-Samuel-19 191125AM Embracing God I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The word translated “love” (Hebrew: racham #7355, used 47x) is a rare verb form of a word group that expresses tender intimacy through physical expressions like hugging or embracing. David’s word choice was intended to express very strong devotion—like Mary’s […]
The Lonely Planet 19-Samuel-18 191125AM Living On The Lonely Planet THE LONELY PLANET: If Thoreau’s observation was true in the past, it has become increasingly true in the present, and the prediction is that it will become alarmingly more so in the near future. We live on a very lonely planet. • In 1950 […]
Sleeping Grace 19-Samuel-17 191125AM Sleeping Grace SLEEPING GRACE IS REAL! For young and old there is a clear message from God here! David was Sleeping in the Shadow of Danger as he experienced the Grace of Sleep. Those are just some of the wonders of Psalm 3. In the midst of the worst time […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-16 God is at work in the NextGeneration of His servants across Asia and Europe. One of the KEY LESSONS that they have embraced (and that has changed many of their lives) is the inescapable, REAL CONSEQUENCES that each person must face for their CHOICES. Today we see how David has become God’s […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-15 NO MATTER how many steps AWAY from GOD you’ve taken, it is ALWAYS JUST ONE STEP BACK! That’s the GOOD NEWS. Sharing these truths with the NextGeneration of God’s servants in Asia, Africa, and Europe is the joy of our lives. GOD is within an arm’s length of EVERYONE if they’ll just REACH […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-14 THE MOST VITAL OPINION: All that really matters in life may be reduced to one simple reality–what does God think of what you are doing or have done. As we open in our Bibles to the last sentence of 2 Samuel 11:27 and read those words—that is exactly the perspective God presents […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-13 GOD IS WATCHING & All that really matters in life may be reduced to one simple reality–what does God think of what you are doing or have done. As we open in our Bibles to the last sentence of 2 Samuel 11:27 and read those words—that is exactly the perspective God presents […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-12 GOD HAS HIGH STANDARDS FOR LEADERS. When God designed the pathway for Israel’s Kings, what did He say? The Road to Lifelong Usefulness: Becoming King meant so much: a palace to build, an army to raise and manage, a city to fortify, a nation to rule and defend, a family to protect […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-11 DAVID SURVIVED: As we open to I Samuel 28, David has survived all that, and even one last commando raid by Saul on David’s hideaway in I Samuel 27. David survived: like a cancer victim that has finally finished the surgery, chemo, and radiation; and finally is declared cancer-free. David was weak, […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-10 I just challenged these twenty-year-olds with a SOBERING REALITY. Have you noticed that MOST of the Bible is in the major key. Saints FEARLESSLY witnessing, churches valiantly serving against all odds—and what a JOY those sections are to our souls. But side-by-side with all that is the minor key. God’s Word contains […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-09 Ever feel like LIFE is an ENDLESS STRUGGLE? God’s Word addresses that feeling and the DIVINE SOLUTION. Psalm 13 is David’s confession about who was flying his plane through the turbulent and stormy skies of his life—even when he felt abandoned he found that God was still there flying him through life. […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-08 LONELINESS can become a time when GOD takes everyone & everything out of my life SO HE CAN BECOME CLOSEST. Is that what it means to you? probably not. But God wants to change the way you think. Join me with a room full of Asian college students as we dive into God’s […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-07 GOD has called EACH of us to be Seeking HIM through EVERY Season of Our Life. In this video, you are joining the 22nd class of an advanced preparation institute for 21st Century Asians who have given their lives to Reaching Asians. If you follow along with us as we open to […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-05 Where’s YOUR LIFE headed today? Most lives are remembered as two dates and a dash. What do you want on your tombstone from God’s perspective? That is just what I just finished asking a room full of twenty-year-old Asians preparing to reach Asians. They don’t think of how short life is very […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-04 NextGeneration servants of the Lord need to understand sin from GOD’S perspective. Sin compared to sin doesn’t look that bad. But sin compared to God’s standard looks as it is: heinous. Why did God want Samuel to Hack Agag to Pieces? Well, how bad is sin? Sin is so bad it took […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-03 Don’t WASTE Your Precious God-Given Life. That’s what I challenge the NextGeneration students with, over and over. How To Waste Your Life Like Saul. There’s a chorus we often sing, “The greatest thing in all my life—is loving You, knowing You, serving You…”. Those are precious words if they are true, and […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-02 BE A WOMEN of GREATNESS! More than half of all God’s servants in the world are WOMEN. There are more LADIES of all ages who serve in the CHURCH, who serve in MISSIONS, who serve in MINISTRY of all types, than men! WANT to be a GREAT WOMAN of God? Want to […]
191125AM 19-Samuel-01 The KEY to UNLOCK the BIBLE! We have come to the next class in a series of Bible lessons taught here in Asia to the NextGeneration of God’s servants. Missionaries preparing to go into the places where Christ is not known and make Him known. We are looking today at the KEY […]
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OTI-09 960207WE Life in the flesh or Spirit would be an apt title of this first book of Samuel. The striking contrasts between Hannah and Peniah, Samuel and Eli, David and Saul attest to this truth. We read some of the great stories of the Bible in First Samuel, like the persistent love of Hannah […]
900121PM DAV-05 DSS-30 WFL-39 1st Samuel A Man after God’s own heart I. WHERE DOES DAVID FIT IN THE SCOPE OF THE SCRIPTURAL PORTRAITS OF GOD’S SERVANTS? A. David = Ruth 4 (1), 1 Sam. 16-1 Kings 2 (41), 1 Chron. 1- (29), Psalms (75) = 146 Chapters thus in I Samuel 13:14 and Acts […]
060305PM DSS-12 1st Samuel 15.3-16.1 How bad is sin? Sin is so bad it took God killing His own Son to pay the price of wrath that sin deserved! That is an abstract thought until we see the price of sin is terms we can relate to. Our first portion of Scripture this evening is […]
060219AM DSS-08 1st Samuel 13 The Lord of life, the Creator–God Himself, once said something very sobering. He said that the day of our death is better than the day of our birth (Ecclesiastes 7:1-2). Why would He tell us that? Because at the end, after the life is finished, the real person is known. […]
060205PM DSS-07 1st Samuel 31 When I read a letter or card I usually start by looking at the end to see who it is from. When I read a book I often look at the end to see whether the hero makes it alive to the end. When I start a biographical study of […]
060205AM DSS-06 1st Samuel 15 There is a chorus we often sing, “The greatest thing in all my life—is loving You, knowing You, serving You…”. Those are precious words, if they are true, and they are. And if the Bible ends with those who know, love and serve the Lord doing so forever—and it does. […]
060129AM DSS-05 1st Samuel 17 David was willing to stand for God–all alone. And there were few more lonely spots in the history of the universe than the hillside of the Valley of Elah in the ‘no man’s land’ between the armies of Israel and the Philistines. Haven’t we all sometimes wished we could have […]
060108AM DSS-01 1st Samuel 16 Everything seems so fragile these days. News gets old in seconds, emails in hours, movies in days, electronic gadgets in weeks, cars in months, and buildings in years. Nothing seems enduring in our world. We live more and more in a world that is temporary. From the delete button […]
020707AM Prayer-3 GDGW-20 Growing Dads God’s Way-20 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 3 What happens when parents pray? DWM-14 WFF-20 WFP-17 What Happens When Parents Learn to Pray? I Samuel 12:23 One of my great heroes of the faith is a missionary who lived from 1824-1907. His name was […]
120819AM Choice-5 Tragic Eli.doc Choices Every Spirit-Filled Believer should make Choice #5: Spirit-Filled Believers Want to Avoid Eli’s Idolatry of Neglect CHO-05 I Samuel 1-5 On Father’s Day we began looking at Four Choices every godly dad should make. We saw there are four dads that display an attribute that God especially points out […]
As we open to I Samuel 23 we are coming to the final stages of David’s life on the run. From the desolate wastelands of Israel’s geography we hear the cries of David’s heart from desert where he now find that added to danger, deprivation, and despair are the twin struggles of betrayal and loneliness.
That is what happened next in David’s life. He has survived a fight with the Philistines. He is surviving daily advances against him by King Saul. But now after those he had risked his life to protect and save from the Philistines, turned against him. David now shows for all the world to see, how does a godly person deal with:
The Loneliness and Pain of Betrayal
Open with me to I Samuel 18 as walk through a few chapters to get to our passage for this evening. These chapters tonight remind us that:
Our Struggles Frame God’s Faithfulness
The context of these dark and lonely days in David’s life, makes an incredibly beautiful frame around some of the most precious of all of David’s Psalms. His prayers, cries for help, and affirmations of God’s faithfulness: seem even clearer, dearer, and more memorable from those dark and lonely hours in David’s life. David repeats in as many ways as possible that:
We have all heard of people who have gone through complete emotional or mental breakdowns, but few of us have ever actually witnessed one as it happened. The good news is that God recorded the “before, during, and after” of the emotional and physical breakdown David experienced.
This sad but instructive event is captured flawlessly and in amazing detail. As we open to I Samuel 21:13David hit the bottom, overwhelmed by life, sinking into fear, and trapped by his choices, he melts down.
Psalm 13 may be the very deepest of all the pits of life David endured. In this Psalm David is all alone and momentarily felt that even God had left him. Note the exact spot these events take place in the text of I Samuel 21:15-22:2:
1 Samuel 21:15-22:2 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?” 22:1a David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam.
As we come to I Samuel 22, we find David hiding in a cave, and living on a day to day, just making it mode surrounded by troubles. His experience is mirrored in the lives of multiplied people across the world. When live reduces to being just in a survival mode.
“Survival mode” means knowing that life must go on, but you just couldn’t remember why. These times of just making one day at a time is often when slowly become a vicious swirl of getting up, going to work out of the home or in the home if you’re a mom; and dropping into bed exhausted at the end of the day.
If you’ve ever felt trapped, imprisoned, or helplessly caught by life, then you share the emotions of David in the midst of life in the Cave of Adullam.
Things had gotten so bad that David makes a confession that is packed with meaning to us today. In the form of an urgent prayer offered to God, and captured for us on paper, David explains that his soul is in prison. The setting is so graphic, look at it with me in I Samuel 22.