Friday, April 6, 2012


Lesson 26: 2 Samuel 5-10 HONORING OUR FATHER
Are you a princess? Is your Father a King?
None of this has to do with WHO we are or WHAT we’ve done.  It’s everything to do with WHO God is and WHAT he’s done.  While in the world are we princesses in disguise? No one will know our Father is a King if we don’t act differently from the world. We can become soiled by the world and even look like the world.
 Instead of the prodigal son, I will talk about the ungrateful princess. Once a young princess, tired of behaving like the daughter of the King, disguised herself and quietly slipped out of her Father’s palace to spend the day among a group of children who later mocked and showed disrespect to the King. When she announced her Father was the King the children laughed and sneered, “Look at you. You are just like us. You don’t have a Father.”
Running back to the palace the princess found the door locked. When she knocked who should open the door but Her Dad, Her Father, The King. She fell at his feet and cried, “I’m sorry Daddy! I am so ashamed of what I have done. Now I'm not a princess anymore, I’m just like them!”
“Oh my child you may have acted like them, but you're not one of them.  You are my child and you will never be happy until you accept both the privilege and responsibility that goes with belonging to me." from Beth Moore, My Child My Princess

Obedience to Christ means we willingly submit to God's will in the spirit of faith and love for Jesus Christ. It is a conscious act to conform our will to His. True children of God desire to be obedient to God and desire to submit humbly to God. It requires trust in Him and obedience to his Word. Prayer
If we spend time praising the LORD and seeking His guidance we will be worthy to be called His children.
Obeying Our Father
Adoring Our Father
Living Worthy of Our Father

Ch.5:1-4 All the elders of Israel came to King David at Hebron, the king made a compact with them before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.  4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. He reigned 7 ½ years in Hebron and 33 years in Jerusalem where he reigned over all Israel and Judah.
Obeying Our Father
Ch.5:19-25 Demonstrates the obedience of David to inquired of the LORD before going up against the Philistines. The second time David inquired of the LORD, he was given specific instructions. 25 So David did as the LORD commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon[to Gezer.
2 Samuel 5:
21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off. This troubled me, knowing the history of God’s people to hide idols.
1Chronicles 14:12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.
Ch. 6 recounts the tragic story of moving the ark without seeking God’s guidance. Angered by the death of Uzzah, David leaves the ark at the home of Obed-Edom for three month where the LORD blessed him and his household.
1 Chronicles 15 gives more details concerning the lesson David learned involving the ark. 1 After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
13-15 It was because the Levites, did not bring the ark up “the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” 14 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel.
15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.
David told the Levites to appoint brothers as singers to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.   19 The musicians Heman, Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;
When reading the psalms you will notice many were not writeen by David.12 were written by Asaph, and at least one by Heman and Ethan.
24 Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also to be doorkeepers for the ark. I love that!
Psalm 84:10  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
14 David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, 15 while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

Ch.7 David was settled in his palace and God had granted him rest. He greatly desired to build a temple for the ark.
3 That night the word of God came to Nathan, saying:  4 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: You are not the one to build me a house to dwell in.
   “‘I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you: 11 When your days are over and you go to be with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him,

2 Chronicles 31:21 (NIV1984)

In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.
1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

·        Look at the word Guidance.
·        Notice the word “dance” at the end.
·        When we see 'G': think of God, followed by 'u' and 'i'.
·        'God, 'u' and 'i' dance.'
·        God, you, and I dance.
We must be willing to trust God for guidance about our life. Every day we must be willing to let God lead. Doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When both people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is uncomfortable and jerky.
With two persons interacting -- one leads and the other follows, moving step by step according to the rhythm of the music both bodies begin to flow with the music. The two become as one body, moving beautifully. 
The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other.                 
If we spend time praising the LORD and seeking His guidance we will be worthy to be called His children.
 Adoring Our Father
I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your
faithfulness in heaven itself.  PSALM 89:1-2
David’s Prayer-
After the LORD denied David’s request to build a temple for God,
 1 Chronicles 18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD,
Instead of being angry or resentful, David showed humility and is overwhelmed that God chose him and used him.
 2 Samuel.  22 “How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you,
27 “O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to offer you this prayer. 28 O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, O Sovereign LORD, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
8:6 The LORD gave David victory wherever he went.
11 King David dedicated these articles to the LORD, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued:
15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.
Don’t you feel close to the LORD when you spend time praising His name and calling out all the wonderful works of His hand.
Let’s stand together and sing this praise hymn-I Exalt Thee public domain
For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth.
           Thou art exalted far above all gods.
For Thou, O Lord, art high above all the earth.
           Thou art exalted far above all gods.

I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, O Lord.
I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, I exalt Thee, O Lord.

If we spend time praising the LORD and seeking His guidance we will be worthy to be called His children.
Living Worthy Our Father-
Paul writing from prison to the Ephesians 4 I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

8:15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people. Joab and his brother were over the army. And David’s sons were royal advisors. I suppose now King David had time to rest. 

Chapter 9 King David will now fulfill the promises he made to Jonathan in 1 Samuel 20 “do not ever cut off your kindness from my family” and to Saul in Ch. 24: 21 Now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”  
9: 3 The king David asked, “Is there no one still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
  Saul's servant Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in both feet.” King David had him brought from Lo Debar
6 When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.  David said, “Mephibosheth!”    “Your servant,” he replied.
  7 “Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.”
10( (Zipa) you and your sons and your servants are to farm the land for him and bring in the crops, so that your master’s grandson may be provided for.
  So Mephibosheth ate at David’s[v] table like one of the king’s sons.
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent,[c] nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
 How do we honor our Father by caring for the widowed and the injured? Some ladies here tonight may be hurting in their souls. We need to offer a smile, a hug, a kind word; because we don’t know what kind of day they have had. We can’t understand the life they are living behind the doors of their homes. Sometimes we can see the tiredness in their walk, see the stress in their face, or hear the sorrow in their voice. We don’t have to know the problem to help. Ladies, let’s reach out tonight and give honor to our Father by loving each other and in our daily walk with the LORD searching out those who are in need. 
God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but He'll ask how many people you helped get where they needed to go.  

God won't ask the square footage of your house, but He'll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won't ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but He'll ask how many you helped to clothe.  

God won't ask how many friends you had, but He'll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won't ask in what neighborhood you lived, but He'll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won't ask about the color of your skin, but He'll ask about the content of your character.

God won't ask why it took you so long to seek Salvation, but He'll lovingly take you to your mansion in Heaven.

 Remember we are the Children of the King and we need to act like it!
If we spend time praising the LORD and seeking His guidance we will be worthy to be called His children.