1 Samuel 28:11-20 tells the story of the end of Saul’s reign and the foreshadowing of David’s rule. When I read verses 17 & 18 concerning Saul “…for the Lord hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to David: Because thou obeyed not the voice of the Lord, nor executed his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the Lord done this thing unto thee this day.” I fear for all that God might take away from me for not being obedient.
A friend sent me this sermon, I received it just after reading these verses.
In this video Derek Prince talks about the difference of living by the law vs. living by grace. It’s a great perspective that would be worth listening to.
As I listened to the message I thought about David. Did David obey God? David slept with a married woman and had her husband killed to hide the pregnancy. 2 Sam. 11. David didn’t correctly address sin in his own family, for example when his son rapes his daughter in 2 Sam. 13. To be sure, there were consequences for David’s sins, but David died a king. God did not take his kingdom away from him for being disobedience. What’s the difference between Saul and David?
In his online article called 10 Reasons David is Called a Man After God’s Own Heart, Ron Edmonson states the following examples: He is humble, reverent, respectful, trusting, loving, devoted, gives recognition, is faithful, obedient and repentant.
David depended on God. David was in constant relationship with God, even when he sinned. He lamented to God when he was in trouble. He turned to God when he was depressed. Whatever he went through, He went through it with God by His side. In reference to walking by the law vs. by grace. If we try to walk through life in our own power, fulfilling the law, we will fail, we will feel like a failure. Romans 3 states the following:
“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive. The venom of asps is under their lips. Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
So, if we can’t walk in victory by living by the law, what are we called to do? Live by grace:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Derek Prince, in the video above describes it as if we were slaves, potential buyers were coming into a room where we stood naked on display, they were poking and prodding to see if we were healthy, we wore shame and were destined for slavery. But then all of a sudden the door opens and a mighty prince enters the room and says, I will buy them. He sets us free, he doesn’t use us to be slaves, he makes us co-heirs with Him in His kingdom. Wouldn’t you fall in love with Him? Want to be near Him? Want to spend the rest of your days showing Him how much you appreciate what He did for you? That’s how David felt towards His God.
The day that Samuel came to anoint him as King (1 Sam. 16) Davids was out tending sheep. When Samuel asked to see Jesse’s sons, Jesse didn’t even think about David! David wasn’t considered king material by his earthly father. Finally when Samuel asks if there is another son, Jesse calls David in from the fields. Do you feel like you don’t have anything to offer? Do you feel unworthy and that God doesn’t have a call for you life? Do you understand that God has not forgotten you!? He will NEVER forget you. He calls you in from wherever you are and He places you right where He wants you.
David got a revelation that day that God chose Him and had a plan for his life. It’s what gave him the courage to fight Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. He didn’t rely on His own strength, he had a full revelation that with God, he could do all things, Luke 1:37. It was His faith in God that brought the grace of God into his life and established him as a man after God’s own heart.
When I get concerned that I’m going to get in trouble for not obeying God’s laws, I know that I am not connected with my heart to God. When my heart is connected to God, I know that God only wants the very best for my life. When I’m disconnected, it feels like He is trying to keep me from what I want. He’s a beautiful savior, not a harsh tyrant. I know this.
I have two friends in my life right now that have areas of specialty that I would like to learn. When we have the time for them to teach me what they know, I am going to be all ears. I am going to want to listen and follow each of their instructions because they know what they are talking about. They are going to teach me to do what they do, which will bring value, fun, enjoyment etc. to my life. The instructions they give me may not make sense to me. They may seem hard to follow. But I am going to listen because I want to be able to do what they do. It’s the same with God. I start by knowing that He’s the expert. I appreciate what He has to teach me. I know that by following His instructions, my life is going to be better and I’m going to be able to do what He does.
“God, I want to be a woman after your heart. Help me to not be distracted. Help me to stay connected to your heart. Your heart is good for me. Life with you is sweet and full and rich. Help keep my head lifted, looking up to you, and not cast down on things here on this Earth. Help me to walk by the Spirit. Help me to have open eyes and ears. Help me to renew my love for you every morning. Thank you for your grace that enables me to obey you out of a heart of love. You are my joy and my strength. Amen.”