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LEARNING LIFE LESSONS


FROM DAVID IN THE BIBLE

Part 2

(Notes from: Perry Stone)

Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 1/30/22 – Morning Message

Intro:

Life is too short to learn everything the hard way. We need to read and know the stories, people, promises and the principle of the Word of God and not just see but be doers of the Word. Not only do we receive the Gift of salvation but have a true relationship with the Lord our creator.

The people in the Bible were not perfect just like us. This is how we can learn lessons from their mistakes and successes so that we can live lives that are more productive and enjoyable.

We already have seen through David’s life how we need to:

1. Leave vengeance to the Lord.

2. Are to honor those God has anointed and those in authority even when they are no longer doing the right thing, pray for them.

3. Confess our sins to God immediately and stay in his forgiveness.

4. Don’t blame others for our mistakes, take responsibility and seek God for help. Today we will learn three more lessons from David in the Bible.

Foundation Scriptures:

2 Samuel 12:1-25 NLT

Nathan Rebukes David

So, the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor.

2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.

3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.

4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb, killed it, and prepared it for his guest.”

5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!

6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.

8 I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

9 Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.

11 “This is what the Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.

12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

David Confesses His Guilt

13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan replied, “Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.

14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”

15 After Nathan returned to his home, the Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.

16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground.

17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped the Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”

22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps the Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’

23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”

24 Then David comforted Bathsheba, his wife, and slept with her. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son, and David named him Solomon. The Lord loved the child

25 and sent word through Nathan the prophet that they should name him Jedidiah (which means “beloved of the Lord”), as the Lord had commanded.


I. DAVID GRIEVED AT HIS SONS DEATH BUT NEVER BLAMED GOD AND THEN WORSHIPED GOD:

· Never let your circumstances stop your worship.

· Never spend valuable time grieving about what should have, could have, or would have been when you cannot change the past.

· Yesterday is gone, it cannot be changed, but your future is an open door.

· What David could not change he gave to God.

· David learned to praise through the pain.

· David knew he couldn’t bring his son back, but he could go see him one day in heaven.

Psalm 147:3

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”


II. DAVID TRUSTED GOD TO CHOOSE THE BEST EVEN IN HIS JUDGEMENT:

· People often blame God for serious problems, and for not preventing them from happening.

· David numbered the people in his latter years without getting God’s portion for Him (represented their redemption), this was a serious offense.

· The Lord gave David three choices of judgement in

(2 Sam. 24:12-15).

“Go and say to David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will inflict it on you.’”

13 So Gad came to David and asked him, “Will you choose three years of famine throughout your land, three months of fleeing from your enemies, or three days of severe plague throughout your land? Think this over and decide what answer I should give the Lord who sent me.”

14 “I’m in a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.”

15 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel that morning, and it lasted for three days. A total of 70,000 people died throughout the nation, from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.

· Instead of David choosing, he asked God to choose, he trusted God.

· David learned to trust God in the good and bad times.

· We see that even in disobedience David turned to God in submission and repentance.

III. DAVID CONTINUED TO WORSHIP, DANCE, AND MINISTER TO GOD EVEN WHEN HE WAS A BROKEN MAN:

Psalm 51:10-13

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.

11 Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and make me willing to obey you.

13 Then I will teach your ways to rebels, and they will return to you.”

· David did not want to loose his relationship with God just because he sinned.

· David desired that God would restore what he had lost.

Psalm 51:8

Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me—

now let me rejoice.

· David wanted God’s presence more than he wanted man’s approval.

· Even in the setbacks, David took back his song and dance again.


Psalm 150:1-6

Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!

2 Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!

3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!

4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!

5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.

6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

Praise the Lord!


· David shows that it is possible to “dance with broken bones” and “worship with wounds.”

John 20:25-27

They told him, “We have seen the Lord!”

But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them.

“Peace be with you,” he said.

27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

Conclusion:

· We serve a Savior who carries the wounds on His hands, feet, and side.

· David’s well of living water was to deep to be dried up by: pain, disease, his family, and other people.

· David was always able with the Lord’s help to rise above the storms of life.

· Here is what we need to learn, “life brings it’s ups, down, pain, and joy; but don’t allow them to take away the joy of your salvation and your relationship with Jesus Christ.

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