Posts tagged ‘King David’

November 2, 2011

I Want To Be Great!

by pastortimfowler

King David was said to be a man after God’s heart. He did not start out as a king, in fact, he was a shepherd from a pretty normal family. When God chose him to be king, the only thing that he had going for him was that he trusted God and was a faithful shepherd. He was the kind of shepherd that did not mind the lonely nights and days and the dangers of wolves and lions. But he was not considered the strongest or bravest and wasn’t even the oldest of Jesse’s sons.
So why would God pick someone like that? We often look at great leaders as coming from a great bloodline and given everything from the finest schools to the finest training for taking over the leading role. The Bible says that God does not look at the outside and what we have to offer, but rather He looks on the inside, to what our heart has to offer, mainly faithfulness. And this shepherd boy from humble beginnings was that, faithful.
The history of David tells us that even after he was anointed king, there was a good bit of time before he actually took the throne. He spent much time ministering to an evil king that was trying to kill him. He remained faithful to whom God had put in place as a leader and even served him as the chief musician. During this time he gained the friendship and respect of the king’s son and many others who watched as the king tried to kill him.
David eventually fled to hide from the kings armies who were sent to kill him and many people followed him into hiding until the time was right to take on the battle at hand. Those who followed David were not the leaders of society, but many of them outcasts and fugitives. It was this group of rejected people who God used to defeat the king’s army and move David to the throne.
Once David became king, he never forgot those who helped him get there. He built a kingdom that was strong and one where the people respected the leader. God honored this and allowed the kingdom to expand and become the most powerful of its time. But then the riches and fame offered overwhelming temptation and David fell to it. He committed adultery and even murder to try to cover his sins. He became a miserable man, yet this did not change him from being known as a man after God’s heart. No, not right then, this title came early, before he was king, but God ensured that it stick throughout history. How?
If you read through the Psalms, you will see a time of writings that came from David, a broken man. One that realized that his sin was not just against an innocent woman and man, but most of all against a holy God that loved him. His misery and morning are poured out into these Psalms in a desperate cry for salvation and forgiveness and that is what seeks God’s heart.
God does not want the holy and righteous, because there are none. He seeks those who need to be forgiven because they have sinned and that includes all of us. When we fail, God does not want to punish us, but rather forgive and restore us, just as He did with David. I believe David wanted forgiveness more than any man ever has, and that is why he was known as a man after God’s heart. David knew God intimately and desired that closeness, especially once he realized he had lost it. When he cried out to God for help and sought forgiveness, God forgave him fully. He will do that for us too.
You don’t have to come from money or power or have a name that all know in order to be special in the eyes of God. All you need to do is humble yourself like David did and let God lift you up to greatness. Just don’t forget that the greatness God gives rarely looks like the greatness man claims. God, through Jesus Christ, can make you a child of the King and great in the Kingdom of God.

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August 11, 2011

Makes You Go Hmmm

by pastortimfowler

As you read through the Old Testament you can run across some stuff that will make you scratch your head and wonder. Some things seem cruel, some things are just bizarre, and others like what I read today, just makes you go Hmmm. That would make a great song wouldn’t it, “things that make you go Hmmm”?
In 1 Chronicles, we are given a summation of King David’s life. Toward the end, David begins to prepare his son Solomon to take the kingdom and to build the temple. Part of doing this is designating the priests’ assigned duties. There were thousands of them who made sure that the temple was maintained and ready for worship. This is what I found that made me go Hmmm. David appointed almost 2000 priests with the sole purpose of giving thanks in the morning and in the evening. Hmmm. See? Did it again.
My first thought is that this would be a really easy job and where do I apply. Imagine this as your workday: Alarm goes off at 6:30am and you eat breakfast, shower and shave, although the priests did not shave, fix your lunch, and head down to the temple. Once there you clock in, walk into the office, say “Thanks”, tell the boss and your fellow priests, “see you later”, go prop your feet up on the desk and play Angry Birds until 4pm, walk in say “thanks” and clock out. Then go home and tell the wife to keep the kids quiet, you have had a rough day. Sounds pretty cushy, doesn’t it?
Here is the catch. These guys had to spend their days looking for and recording the things that they would offer thanks for. I wonder how hard that must have been some days. You know the days I am talking about. When you get up on the wrong side of the bed and so does every one else. The kids don’t want to eat their breakfast and they don’t want to wear the clothes you laid out for then and you don’t want to wear the clothes you just put on. The coffee maker broke, the toast burnt and that re-heated cup of coffee from yesterday just spilled down the front of your white shirt. You get to work and your boss lets you know that everyone that helps you has called in sick and everything that they did needed to be done by noon. You call to have lunch brought in and once they finally get there, your order is wrong and you left you wallet at home and the person who you usually can borrow a few bucks from is one that called in sick. On the way home you have a flat and its raining and the spare tire was never fixed from the last time you had one of these days, and your cell phone is dead from using it so much at work. Once you finally make it home, you don’t feel like cooking so you decide to go out but realize that there is no money in the bank because the mortgage is due and you received a note from the IRS today in the mail saying that they made a mistake and you owe them $1500 more.
With all of this you finally make it to bed and you realize that you have not stopped to pray or read your Bible all day. So quickly you grab your Bible open it and decide that you will read where ever you open it too and this is what you see: 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this. Isn’t that just like God to ruin an already sucky day by tell you to be thankful?
Don’t you know that those priests had days like that too? But that did not stop them from having to fulfill their duties and it was their duty to give thanks in the morning and the evening, daily.
What do you do on a day like that? Here are a few things that we can always give thanks for:
~ You were alive to have such a bad day.
~ You have a job
~ You have a home and a family
~ The perseverance that you show will encourage others
~ God loves you
~ You have a brain that works because of things that make you go Hmmm.