Some of David’s actions were of the flesh and not at all godly. However, God’s Spirit witnessed to his spirit that he was a child of God and heir to special privileges. When David was convicted of his sin he poured out his heart to his Creator, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: . . . Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight” (Psalm 51:3, 4).
One of my favorite teachers, Brother Ray Brooks, often quoted an old chimney corner proverb. “It’s not how a man falls that qualifies him as a man. It is how he gets up that defines his character.” David was constantly at war with Israel’s enemies, and he consulted with God so much that his warriors considered David’s prayer and clout with God as part of the army’s battle strategy.
David did not measure God’s love for him by answered prayers or by God’s giving an abundance of good things. “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:7, 8).
Leave it in God’s hands; sleep in peace and wake up thanking Him for another day to live for Him, not knowing what is in store, whether good or bad. David would be the first to admit that living by faith is hard on the flesh. But, it is the only life that brings gladness to the soul. In God’s eyes everything is right on track. Hold on tight!
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God is on His throne and all is right with the world.
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“I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire,” Daniel7:10.
I cannot imagine what this vision of Daniel’s looked like. It was probably a wonderful and awe inspiring sight. Daniel was looking at the divine throne of God from which judgment will come. This event is also recorded in Revelation 20:11-15.
What a sight! As “the Ancient of days” takes His throne, we are told of His glory. Daniel speaks of the bright, white of his garments. This is a symbol of His purity and holiness. His hair was also white. This stands as a symbol of the great wisdom He possesses.
His throne includes flaming wheels and a river of fire that flowed out from before him. This shows His power and might. He is not there alone. We are also told of a great multitude numbering ten thousand times ten thousands that were present. This is an awesome sight! Yet, the most fearful part of this whole event may be the opening of His book of judgment. James 2:13 speaks of His judgment being without mercy. Judgment is coming. Daniel wants us to see the just side of God so that we will have a healthy respect, a fear of God that drives us to live our lives according to His will.
JUST A THOUGHT
Are you grateful for the gift of grace and mercy that has been extended to us? Are you prepared for His judgment?
Psa_63:1 is one of those verses of Scripture that once you read it, you can’t leave it: “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Once David understood who God (’Elōhiym, January 7) is, he longed for God in a way that should strike all of us.
To get the full impact of this verse, we need to set the stage (2 Samuel 15). After being driven from his throne by the political intrigue of his own son, Absalom, David is forced to leave Jerusalem and head into some of the most desolate, dismal, and depressing land on earth, the wilderness of Judea, which stretches right to the banks of the Dead Sea to the east.
David, therefore, writes: “My flesh longeth for thee.” Longeth is kāmah (H3642), which appears only here in the OT and literally means “to faint” and is related to an Arabic word that means “be pale of face, gray.” Driven into exile, it wasn’t his possessions, power, or position that David missed; rather it was God and the “sanctuary” (2Sa_15:2), that is, God’s presence in the tabernacle, that place of prayer and public worship, that David longed for.
Especially striking is that kāmah speaks of something physical. David’s craving for God was not some “emotional high,” rather a physical need; without God’s presence, his face was pale and he was physically ill. As the story continues, Zadok and Abiathar actually brought the Ark of the Covenant to David, sincerely thinking this would comfort and encourage him, but David sent them back. Why? It wasn’t some object that David needed, no matter how sacred. It was God that David needed. He didn’t want a picture; he needed the Person.
We, too, live in a “dry and thirsty land,” a desolate world. While it has amusements, some of which we can certainly enjoy, as did David, true pleasure is found in God alone. Likewise, if we were driven into exile, what would we miss most? Would we long for our nice house, creature comforts, and possessions? Or would it be God’s presence that we missed most? Would we miss the house of God, being with God’s people, and being immersed in His Word?
Scriptures for Study: What does Psa_63:1 say concerning how David began His day? Compare that with the following: Psa_5:3; Psa_119:87; Psa_119:147-148; Pro_8:17.
“But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom,” Hebrews 1:8.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1951, its purpose being to set the term limits of presidents to no more than two terms. In American history, only Franklin Roosevelt served more than two terms, most likely, because the American people came to love and trust him through WWII, electing him to four terms. Since 1951, though, only six presidents have served two terms.
Honestly, it does not really matter who the leader of the nation is, most citizens—usually up to half—become tired of the current leader before the term is up, longing for a new leader with new ideas and skills. Why is that? It is because, no matter who our leaders are, they are all fallible human beings and are incapable of leading an entire community or country efficiently.
For Christians, though, we have a ruler in Heaven who is perfect in every way. With God, we do not long for the next election because His throne is forever, and He is not fallible. That does not mean we should not get involved in the election process. We have a responsibility to make sure our civil leaders are fulfilling their God-given role in society: suppressing evil and promoting good. It does mean that, at the end of the day when we are frustrated with our human leaders, we can trust that God knows and will ultimately rule.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you trust in God today?
Hebrews 12:1, 2
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Hebrews 12:2.
Jesus has set the race of life for each of us to run. Our focus determines how we will run that race. Fellowshipping with God must be through Jesus. God has made Jesus the finish line. He hung on the cross, writhing in pain, but he had joy in His heart because He knew He was bringing many children to the Father. Isaiah said that Jesus would be set as our banner, a flag, seen from afar to help orient the weary, lost traveler.
My youngest son once ran an important physical training test in the Army Reserves with a young African sergeant from Kenya. They were racing against the clock with a mile to go. The sergeant said, “Let’s make like a female lion is chasing us.” That would definitely make one goal-oriented, concentrating on the finish line.
Abraham was promised a city and a great nation of children. At the time he was a pilgrim in a strange land with no children. He died believing that God would keep that promise. He was focused on the One who made the promise and in faith lived his life toward that goal. Focusing on the goal gave him courage to keep running the race.
We must not expend all our energy concentrating on the problems that occur in the race, but look unto Jesus. He promised us a city where there are no more tears, pain or death. Keep your eyes on the finish line; He’s waiting with open arms.
A plowman looking backward always plows a crooked row (Luke 9:62).
John Gifford, a Baptist Pastor…led him to Christ
November 30, 1628 – John Bunyan was born in the midst of the struggle between Christianity and infidelity. The year he was born was a great victory for freedom in the passing of the English Bill of Rights. The sum of the act was that “no man shall be taxed without the consent of Parliament, nor be arrested, imprisoned, or executed but by due course of law.” However, every attempt was made by the court (throne) to recover arbitrary power. To attain this power, horrible atrocities were perpetrated on people beyond description. Bunyan was born in the village of Elstow, one mile from Bedford. He was born into a family of Tinkers. Bunyan described them as being, “of that rank of the meanest and most despised of all the families in the land.” At a time when very few were taught to read and write his father sent him to school where John learned both but soon forgot both utterly. He gave himself over to sin, principally lying, swearing, and profaning the Sabbath. He experienced agonies of conviction. He had several brushes with death such as drowning’s and snake bite. He also served in the army and fought in the battle of Leicester. He was spared any serious injuries although he took on the wicked habits of his peers. Bunyan married a very poor, but pious, woman. She encouraged him with two books. The Plain Man’s Pathway to Heaven, and the Practice of Piety, and through this he regained his ability to read. Her affectionate compassion became a blessing and his rugged heart was softened and he felt alarm for the Salvation of his soul. Another woman who was loose and ungodly rebuked him for his cursing and said that his oaths made her tremble. Some women talking about the New Birth took him to John Gifford, a Baptist Pastor who led him to Christ, and the rest is history.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson/, pp. 499-500.
We, my wife and self and several church members are in Rockford to attend the Illinois State semi-annual meeting. Service was great. Bro Tom Myers did a wonderful job challenging us. Great fellowship after wards while we are sharing food. Catching up on everyone’s situation was wonderful. We leave and get to the Hotel room. I start looking for a place to put my cpap machine. I forgot to bring it. My wife threatened me within an inch of my life. She said if my snoring kept her from getting a good nights sleep she would beat me up and put a pillow over my head and push me into the floor. I thought it might be safer to sleep in the hall way.
Being used to the cpap machine, I found it difficult to go to sleep and, also, my mind was working for a change. I would fall asleep for a while and wake up for a while. When awake, I was busy. I figured out a doctrine that Baptist have been arguing over for years. I also make up 2 brand new doctrines that nobody else has ever thought of.
If you believe the last sentence of the above paragraph, you need to stand on your head and sing the hallelujah chorus. A preacher hears a lot of things during his ministry and lot of those things deal with the last sentence of the above paragraph.
Example of a made-up brand new doctrine — If any one has made it to heaven, surely my MOM made it there. She was a saint. This is a made up doctrine. John said of Jesus, Look and Live. There is only one plan of salvation and that is repentance, confession, and belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ as payment for our sin. How good the life is live is of NO CONSEQUENCE when heaven is contemplated. One word of admonition, don’t sit in the house of God and testify some nonsense that is not Biblical. We are told by Paul, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” It is a shame the way we carry on with an unlearned mentality, spouting heresy in the very house of God that stands for truth.
It is high time for God’s Word to judge us in thought and deed. We judge God’s word to be truth or not by our feelings, which are often deceptive and not to be trusted. Example, I know it is true, I saw it, I felt it, it happened to me. These statements show that no matter what God’s Word has to say about the subject, we know it is true because we believe our senses more than we believe the Word of God.
Think seriously on this one thing. Whether we stand before the judgment seat or before the Great White Throne, we will be judged out of God’s Word, not by what we thought or felt.
Are you ready for the judgment day?