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May 11, 2021 6:24 am
When you're in your chain. You got to say God I don't understand it but I know you're good and I believe all my heart. You are working your purposes out in the case in the I believe the cave is a part of your purpose for my life. Somehow you're taking you to a deeper place and you are working your purposes out loud moments.
Hopefully St. John of the Cross wrote about his dark night of the soul. Many of us walk through these times in our lives as well and many blocks to this darkness before and become deacons as encouragement.
King David was such a man. Here's pastor time making his study of King David and man after God's own heart. If you are really serious about your faith in Jesus, you will at times in your life find yourself in case places of the darkness and notice I use the word caves in the plural because if you're serious about Jesus.
There's not just one but in your life. There will be several caves every great saint of the Lord including Jesus himself have known these times. St. John of the Cross in the 16th century termed these times as the deep dark night of the soul. Mother Teresa, the great saint of Calcutta went through these deep dark nights of the soul, even though when she was publicly amidst people she gave the light of encouragement to so many. Here is a letter she pinned to a person one time in her life. The silence of emptiness is so great that I look to do and I do not see I listen and do not hear the tongue moves in prayer but does not speak. I want you to pray for me that I will let him God have a free hand with my life. So what is the purpose of case. Why does God permit us to move into deep dark places in our lives will let me give you couple of insights.
One of them is no test, no testimony say with me. No test, no testimony if you don't go through the test of faith. You'll never have a testimony about God, Jesus himself went through a deep dark night of the soul. In Luke the fourth chapter after Jesus had his baptismal experience, where God placed upon him the call upon his life to go die on the cross be raised from the dead for the forgiveness of all people sins everywhere, after his baptism when he heard a voice from heaven, and said you are my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. Luke four tells us immediately thereafter, the spirit of God drove Jesus into the wilderness in the cave to be tempted by the devil.
No test, no testimony, here's another way of saying the same thing, the greater the level, the greater the devil. Let me say that one again, the greater the level, the greater the devil the more serious you are in intentionality about your relationship with Christ, raising yourself to a higher level of commitment to him, the greater the devil will attack the spirit led Jesus not the devil. The spirit led Jesus into the cave to be tempted by the devil because he just received the high calling no test, no testimony, the greater the level, the greater the devil if you're serious about Jesus you will have cave times in your life.
The teacher, the pupil is not greater than the teacher if Jesus had happened to him. Those who follow him will have it happen to us. It also happened to a man named David for Samuel 13 says he was a man after God's own heart.
He was Amanda committed adultery, murder was a bad dad and yet God continue to use him graciously because he had a heart for God. David two was driven by my God into the case driven into times of darkness.
Let's look at when these happen the first cave was at a place called a dueling ADU LL a.m. but in order to understand this cave. You need to understand what was happening beforehand. David is a man on the run. He was the first fugitive. David was the first fugitive. Saul wanted his life, King Saul and his own paranoia and jealousy. Saw David as a threat to the throne and wanted him dead so he starts to pursue him. David leaves the capital city and runs first of all to the high priest named Ahimelech and he says Ahimelech I need some food. First of all I am really hungry so Ahimelech gives him the shewbread in the tabernacle that was set aside to remind the people in worship of God feeding them everyday with daily manner and Ahimelech gives David this bread to eat.
And interestingly, the New Testament, you'll see this story referred to by Jesus when the Pharisees question whether he should allow his disciples to eat grain on the Sabbath Jesus is my goodness. Even Ahimelech gave a man after God's own heart.
King David bread on the Sabbath. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the sub is for our benefit.
The Sabbath exist. Jesus tried to teach LOL I give David this Brenda Davis is you have any weaponry I can have because I'm a man on the run and he gives him Goliath sword.
The 9 foot plus Giants sword. So David, the smaller guys walk around a huge sword as he continues running away.
No real quickly. When Ahimelech gave David this bread, there was a guy who oversaw and his name was Joe agate, the Edomite Marsico name your next son, Joe egg, the Edomite will Joe Ed was a spy of Saul's and he sees all of this happening with Ella Malec and David keep that in mind I'll come back to it in just a moment.
So David runs away in the first place he thinks maybe he can hide is in the city of Gath where the major cities of Felicity, the Philistines hated the Jews, the Jews hated the Philistines they were in constant conflict with one another.
Why David thought he could hide there no one really knows the king eight just go finds out David is living among them. He remembers the giant Goliath story with David, he starts putting pressure on David, maybe even thinking they was going to be arrested and imprisoned.
What is David do. He feigns craziness. He feigns frothing at the mouth.
He pretends to be a lunatic and a kiss says get out of this area.
I don't need you around here you're crazy. So David leaves Felicity up and after he leaves. There he goes to the cave of Attila there. He hides from Saul of fugitive on the run in just a moment. David lost his job and his wife all his financial savings and benefits his home. His closest friend Jonathan his reputation and his self-respect and he is alone in a deep dark, dank cave called Adelman and there he rests the Lord drives them into a cave.
Now, as I've taught you before first and second Samuel tells the life of David. The Psalms tell the heart of David, let me say that again first and second Samuel gives us the life of David, the Psalms, give us the heart of David, so while David is in the cave. He writes to Psalms that here's what's going on is probably a time of silence that's described to us in first Samuel 22 verse one it says David departed from there and escape to the cave of Attila so there's a time of silence there and then when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him and everyone who was in distress and everyone who was in debt and everyone who was bitter in soul gathered to him and he became commander over them and there were with him about 400 men and David went from there to Mizpah of Moab and he said to the king of Moab.
Please let my father and my mother stay with you until I know what God will do for me and he left them with the king of Moab and they stayed with him all the time.
The David was in the stronghold, so a part of what David does something with his family.
That will look at in just a second before then focus with me on verse one.
David departed from there and escape the cave ad-lib before his family came to him and before the 400 people in distress came to him. David was there for some period of loneliness and isolation. God began to deal with the heart of David in the cave folks. Here's what God's doing with you and me when were in our case, he is trying to confront our faith. He wants our faith to be strong. Everything in this world fades, but faith, hope and love are the only three things will take into eternity with this Jesus in Luke 18, eight said this when the Son of Man returns and he will most certainly return folks. I promise you when the Son of Man returns will he find faith on her God's greatest desire is for you and me who follow him to have a deep abiding heart of faith in our heart of faith is most concerned with God in the caves. It's only when you're alone in the darkness that God can do. His major work of surgery upon our hearts of faith in God is going to get at David's faith in the cave, we see that in the two Psalms that he wrote while in the cave. So let's look at those two Psalms Psalm 57 in Psalm 142, which express the heart of David in the cave and if you're in a cave right now. If you're in a place of darkness go with David to Psalm 57 in Psalm 142 and claim his faith declarations that he makes, but also learn from him how he handled God dealing with his faith in the cave.
They are lessons that are eternal in scope, join with me. Psalm 57. Here's how David begins in the cave. He cries out, be merciful to me.
Oh God, be merciful about the word mercy in the Bible means not getting what we deserve is anyone here glad today that God doesn't give us what we deserve it. God gave me David Chadwick what I deserved in my rebellion against him in my sinfulness. I would go to hell. I would spend eternity in hell, but praise God. Ephesians 2 that he is rich in grace and mercy.
He doesn't give me what I deserve, especially through Jesus who died on the cross to forgive me for my sins. David begins by crying out, be merciful to me. Oh God, twice, be merciful to me. Don't give me what I deserve. This is so important because a twin sister of faith is humility.
You can't have faith without humility. So David begins his whole conversation with God, and the cave don't give me what I deserve. Don't give me what I deserve, your God, I'm not God, and most of my problems, when I get those two things confused. Then he continues his conversation with God. For in you. My soul takes refuge refuge was that word mean what if you or I were illegal immigrants. We would be termed refugees and a refugee is always looking for refuge, a place of safety. So David says my soul wants to take refuge, a place of safety in you, God, and you alone not in the things of this world for indicate you don't have anything else upon which you can depend in the cave you got God and God alone.
Today this is my soul. My inner life my eternal life takes refuge in you in the shadow of your wings. I will take refuge that it even happens today in America on the planes when there's a prairie fire after it's over. People will go try to pick up any pieces that are left over will often find a mother hen with her wings spread out. She is scorched to death but if you lift up one of her wings you'll find her chicks alive.
That's the image David using here Lord is their scorching fires all around me as I'm in the darkness of this cave.
I find refuge under your wings and by the way, that's a beautiful image of Jesus is in it who died to protect us from the fires of hell. David takes refuge under the wings in the shadow of the wings of God till the storms of destruction passed by.
That's a faith declaration in the cave. He says I do believe one day the storms of destruction will pass by in that cave. Everyone is growing in faith realizes the storm will pass by my daddy's favorite Bible verse. He told me over and over again. Was this one and it came to pass, it will pass by. This cave won't last forever. You make the faith declaration in the cave one day. I believe it will pass by. I cry out to God. People asked me sometimes when I'm in the cave. It's really dark I'm depressed. Can I cry out to God because I really get angry with God because I don't like my dark cave. Here's my answer, of course, you can, God's a big God. He can handle it. He knows your angrier than you even though you're angry he's okay with you crying out to him, but also go to the next two words I cry out to you most hi notice David calls God most high, not more time.
He is the most high God. He is over everything and anything in the universe.
There's nothing higher than he is. He's the most high God. Therefore, we can depend upon God who rules over the caves of our lives. He is Lord over the cave to take care of us to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. David's in the cave, believing that God is working his purposes out why folks faith is rooted in the character of God. If you don't believe God is good. You can have faith. So David believed God was good and he was somehow working his purposes out in the cave when you're in your cave you got to say God I don't understand it but I know you're good and I believe with all my heart. You are working your purposes out in the cave.
Indeed, I believe the cave is a part of your purpose for my life.
I believe somehow you are taking me to a deeper place in you in this cave you're working your purposes out.
He will sent from heaven and save me faith. Declaration one day this will pass.
You will deliver me from this cave you will save me, he will put to shame him who tramples on me was that Saul and all of his minions want to kill David. One day God will trample on the one who's trying to trample on me none. Romans 12 Paul says, vengeance is mine says the Lord were not to take vengeance, but it is quite okay biblically for people who are trying to ensnare you or me to pray to God you take care of them. You know all the facts you take care of them in the word Salah and people as may from time to time, was that word mean in the Psalms. Here's what it means clause. It's like you're watching a great movie and you put it on pause to think about what you just seen you read this part of the Psalm there some great truths here put the Psalm on pause, go back and read the words over and over and over again to allow them to dwell deeply within your heart. Then David continues with his faith declarations God will send out his steadfast love and faithfulness. I'm not going to stay this cave forever. One day God will give me his steadfast love and his faithfulness. My soul is in the midst of liens. That's probably literal even to this day there are liens that live in the area of the cave battle, so David was surrounded with beasts who could kill him. I lie down amidst fiery beast that's probably fire ants who often live in dark caves. So David surrounded by beasts without liens want to kill them every night when he would lie down to go to sleep he's bitten and covered by fire ants. The children of man whose teeth are spears and arrows whose tongues are sharp swords.
But you know the fear of the liens and the pain of the fire ants. One is great is one of the problem. David had his soul was torn asunder by people who spread lies about them.
Saul and others folks I've been hurt physically.
I've had different things of cause me physical pain, but I've never had anything to hurt as much as people, especially those whom I used to care for speak lies about me. Anybody know what I'm talking about. It hurts the soul, not like nothing else, it's incomparable to physical pain. That's what Dave is talking on here just body and his soul morning angry cave and listening to moments of hope with Dana, Cunningham, David and I discussed his latest David is really right. I am Tony Marciano presidency Europe Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction choosing the person's shoes for just the second one is that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp holding the sign just said hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food but booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life, your addiction has stolen every aspect of hope and joy to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it. There is one thing you do need and that is transformation the place to go to Charlotte rescue Mission Charlotte rescue mission works from the inside out to address the root cause of someone at the crossroads of addiction and homelessness.
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I'm James Easton and with me as our pastor David Chapman dated. Thanks for joining us today. My pleasure Jim great being with you as well.
Will dated today you titled your David is and this morning it came to pass. I can indeed you know many listeners know how much I loved my dad and just a wonderful man passed away little over 10 years ago miss them terribly look forward to seeing him again in heaven. He had such wisdom and one time when I was going through a difficult time. He said son always remember my favorite Bible verse and I was thinking what that's going to be as I can it be John 14 one let not your hearts be troubled. Is that going to be John 14 six I am the way the truth and life.
No one comes to the father except by me.
He sits on my favorite Bible verse is and it came to pass that I really and then the more I thought about it I thought that's a great Bible verse, because as he saw me going through a difficult time. He was trying to remind me, I'll get through it all. Move on.
It will come to pass. Interestingly, that term it came to pass, is mentioned 120 times in the King James version of the Bible. It is a regular statement in the Bible and and my dad seized upon it to remind me that nothing lasts forever and we are going through a problem you have to pass through it. Isaiah 43 verses one through three. When you go through the waters you have to go through it when you go through the fires you have to go through it, knowing that Jesus promised to be with us during the fires during the waters during the trial, but at some point you get to the other side. At some point, the trial does and at some point you keep being able to move forward in life. So my reminder to all of our listeners. Today is my dad's favorite Bible verse. It came to pass, no matter what you're going through, it will pass and people say what happens if I die, will then that means you pass into eternity that this life will pass away as well and you go to perfection with a perfect body and the perfect presence of Jesus receiving his love, but also being in the presence of your loved ones again with whom you will share all of eternity with that sound good and so comforting. One of the things that my dad says that's hand-in-hand that this is if it came, it can go and that I know I like that CH Katze and one who held that a Jainism similarity concerning codes and is that really when he prays for Langford. He just rising at the sickness came and you can also go in silence. Despite that transfer of faith. And you know like you say, when we die. Not if we die we are all going to die you know it, it will flee from our bodies, our earthly body will pass into the beautiful eternity.
The God has planned for us and I remember as well a God's sovereignty over every situation in Genesis chapter 50 verse 20 that very famous verse after Moses had been through so many trials, betrayals, arrests, all kinds of difficulties in his life. The brothers were responsible for most of it and when he finally encountered his brothers 22 years later after the first room into the pit and sold him into slavery.
He looked at them and said you know you meant for evil but God meant it for good. It's just a powerful verse and all of the Bible that even when evil is done to you. God can use it for good. And when the good comes, you know you've passed on to the other side and you can quote my dad's favorite Bible verse. It came to pass, folks, it will pass. You will make it through this because Jesus is with you some guides so powerful. Thank you. Settlement statement for these traits today. Thank you, Jen. It's wonderful being with you as well again and everyone. If you would like to receive these daily moments of hope from me in written form, go to moments of hope, Church.org, you can subscribe there there free of charge from my heart to yours. My only desire is to give you daily.
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