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September 3, 2020 1:00 am
The neighbor says all these things is not because you get all these things because you are who you praise you in a worship we should always be things God never tells us to understand everything but he says in everything give thanks and sometimes we want to thank God for what we want them to do God of you do this I'll give you all the thing to be on for a moment to stop and consider friend what God is already done for you and for me to be thankful. Welcome to cross the bridge with David McGee Senior Pastor of the bridge in Kernersville, North Carolina today. Pastor David's teaching through second Samuel chapter 22 and we have is our guest of the studio, one of David McGee's associate pastors welcome DA hey Bob, we want to take just a minute to pray for some cities in our listening audience in California.
We have Bellevue, Sonora, Blythe Borrego Springs, Bernie, Byron and Callie Ente God, we thank you for the cities and we pray that many will tune in today we pray.
If there are some were sick and going through some battles that you please heal them. Father God. We pray that many would put their trust in you today for the eternal salvation.
We pray that the cities would get excited about following you and we pray for these churches and pastors that they would fill up, Lord, that they would apply your word in their hearts that many others will be impacted in the cities that teaching in Jesus name, amen, amen, brother, and I know that many of our listeners are praying along with you for our listeners throughout the country as were going through the teaching and second Samuel chapter 22. They call this David's song of deliverance.
Dave brings out a lot of good things and there's a lot of prophecy a lot of truths in this chapter.
What are some of the takeaways we can have from today's teaching tested a zero minus today to always be thankful we can have Thanksgiving every day of the year we think about the good things that God is doing in us.
We were promised eternity with them.
If we put our trust in Jesus good thoughts DA and let's continue listening as David McGee continues sharing verse by verse through second Samuel chapter 22 and the second Samuel go turn with me there. Now this chapter is a Psalm that was probably written more chronologically towards the middle of second Samuel know we discussed this last week because the chapter 21 was also kind of out of it. Sequence is sort of an appendix if you will, the second Sam and we are looking at this chapter 22 in it as well is out of sequence with the rest of work fits into the book.
Basically what were looking at tonight. You can also find in Psalm 18. It's almost word for word the same chapter so we have here in the book of second Samuel Psalm the skill of the positive for us to go through those understand that David wrote at least I think 73 the 7350 Psalms, David wrote any given there's a will thing at the top of the Psalm of David. He probably wrote more that more of them and some of them are noted as jump in here.
Verse 20 chapter 22 verse one then David spoke to the Lord. The words of the song on the day when the Lord and delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul and he said the Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, the God of my strength, in whom I will trust my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my Savior, you save me from violence. Verse four. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so shall I be saved from enemies. We sing verse five when the waves of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.
The sorrows of Sheila surrounded me in the snares of death confronted in my distress I called upon the Lord cried out to my God and he heard my voice from his temple, and my cry entered his ears. The nurse shook and trembled the foundations of heaven quaked and were shaken because he was angry. The smoke went up from his nostrils and Larry and fire from his mouth and colds were kindled by a bowed down the heavens also and came down with darkness under his feet. He rode upon a cherub and flew when he was seen upon the wings of the wind, he made darkness canopies around the dark waters and thick clouds of the skies, and from the brightness before and colds of fire were kindled, the Lord sundered from heaven, and the most high, uttered his voice and he sent out arrows and scattered them lightning bolts any vanquished the channels of the sea were seen in the foundations of the world were uncovered at the rebuke of the Lord, the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
He sent from above.
He took me drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy from those who hated me for they were too strong for me. I believe what David or Sharon.
Here it to me and sounds like when God was meeting with Moses at Mount Sinai there certain aspects of you reading you will. Maybe this is about creation could beat. We don't know exactly, but I believe a small tweak in more about when God was communicating with Moses and with the people of Israel at Mount Sinai. We remember the people said hey we want God to speak to us and God spoke to us and then they said Moses let God speak to you. We don't want to speak directly to a zero or so freaked out at the power in his voice. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was not support. They also brought me out of into a broad place deliberately because he delighted in me.
Verse 21 the Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness. According to the cleanness of my hands.
He is recompensed me for half The waves of the Lord, and I am not wickedly departed from my God for all his judgments were before me is for his statutes. I did not depart from them. I was also blameless before him.
And I kept myself from iniquity. Therefore the Lord is read pinched me according to my righteousness. According to my cleanness in his eyes and now you know well. I believe this was written earlier in David's life because he wasn't able to say this later.
Verse 26 with the merciful, you shall show yourself merciful and with a blameless man. He will show yourself with the pure you will show yourself pure and with the devious you will show yourself shrewd. Verse 28.
You will save the humble people but your house or on the hottie that you may bring them down to so important understand this is is using a device or technique of contrast. He does this with those he does with this with dear understand that we get to choose God's disposition towards us that part of a consequence of our free will are decisions that we make towards God alter our perception of God and who he really is to us. Here's what I mean by that. If using God's judgment old and harsh and overbearing and unfair and unforgiving. Yes, how is going to appear to you. You can read the same Bible that I'm reading and that will be your impression.
And guess what, because that's your decision and your perspective of God at the end of this short thing we call life and you rejected Jesus, and you go before him. Part of that will be fulfilling. You will see the judgment of God, you will see his heart want because you rejected us on but you have the free will to say God I throw myself on your mercy, I ask you to forgive me of all of my sins and at the end of the short thing called life.
Guess what your perception and is God is forgiving God is merciful God is loving God is God what can happen at the nose like you're going to go before God and you're finally God is merciful God is loving God's conduct is forgiving. This help. It helps answer some philosophical questions of how two people can look at the same God and seek two different things. It's like looking at a cooling if one person is looking at once. The point about what your point is all about having the guys had owners about portrait.
That's what coins are all about. But if somebody else is looking at the other side of the sign on coins are all about having buildings and things and stuff same coin. Two different sides. Now that's a real simple analogy with a two-sided coin. Think of the many facets of God and that none of us can see all the way around God viewing him as just trying to understand an infinite being with a finite. It has its challenges.
So in, looking back at the last reverses when David talk about his righteousness. The enemy comes the enemy of her faith of those very real incomes and he says all year. Such a loser. God you're here just the even dog menu shouldn't be going to church but now your hands only worshiping just not that into your enemy. You can say I'm the righteousness of God, buddy. I've been forgiven of all my sins, and in all of the same when the devil begins to remind you of your past. Remind him of his future. But now you're standing before God before God to say God I am miserable seven. I do not deserve the grace and mercy and the love that you're willing to extend towards am so thankful that you are two sides the same coin. Again, verse 20 that for you are my lamp award. The Lord shone like my darkness. For by you.
I can run against the truth, for by my God I can leap over a wall with God all things are possible with God all things are possible. So again we see David given glory to God in this same with God all things are possible with God nothing is impossible going through some in your life then seen liking it over. Remember those words is interesting to contrast New Testament, Jesus told us he said without me you can do nothing you can do nothing of lasting spiritual significance without God, but through God into everything. Nothing is impossible, leaves us, dependent upon him. In verse 31.
As for God's way is perfect.
The word of the Lord is proven is a shield to all who trust in reverse. The word of the Lord is proven every couple years, people come up with these new techniques of what to do and how to do it.
Tracing terms of counseling. We need to do this and you need to do that every few years.
Harry Freud's, and everything was rooted in sex and weirdness and then if years later it's all about this for years later is all about that.
Years later, about self-esteem issues and and none of those techniques or theories or any are really prove but the word of God is proven around for a long time is rescued. A lot of people giving a lot of people hope it changed a lot of life. So remember that next time you get your tempted to go get the next Becks best seller. That's going to tell you how to fix your life. Remember that when you're tempted to go get the new self-help book that's going to change everything. Maybe it will probably wall but this book this book is proven. This book is not only altered the lives of people. This book has altered the history of mankind. There's no other book like there's no other book that can be compared to the mama. The Koran can't be compared to the mama, the pearl of great price, a Mormon book can be compared to the Bob the Bible has been proven and try this stood the test of time.
Verse 32 for who is God except the Lord and who is a rock except our God, there's the rock reference. Again, remember who was God except God. Nobody is God except God.
Remember that is opposite of God nobody God has no opposite Satan is not the opposite of God. Satan is a fallen Angel.
He's opposite of Michael or Gabriel who was like in the old Lord, there's none like him.
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Now here's Pastor David as he continues showing verse by verse, verse 33. God is my strength and power. And he makes Molly perfectly makes my feet like the feet of deer and he sets me on how places understanding it if is that the deer was greatest speaking kind of mountaineer as the deer is going up the mountain of the mountains perfectly smooth. It had nothing to, Warren Rizvi really good about wrote a book and he said mom so things are, what a great title. I would encouraging back there later tonight or some other time.
I would encourage you go back and read Psalm 18 because you're going to see, especially if you got Bible suffering, pull them up parallel and you can look at this almost verbatim verse 35. He teaches my hands to make war so that my arms can bend a bowl of bronze. One thing you see in this chapter easy life of the when David was in a time of peace.
God was looking after. When David was in time of war. God was looking after. When David was in a time of blessing God was looking at when David was in time of utter moral failure. God was looking at. There is no time in David's life where you don't see the care of God for sometimes I care was correction but it was always there to understand.
There is no point in your life that you can look back and say God was not cared for me at that friends we live in a fallen world.
Sometimes bad things happen but don't ever think at that point in time. The bad thing was going on. They God was not aware he got in care about.
I was right there somehow is able to take these bad things that happened that happened in her life is able to turn around and it creates an ability in us to minister to others who have gone through the same thing.
The lifeless near God's care is constant. I have never been on love. We we probably don't say that enough teacher would probably intelligently God loves us. As you you are so verse 35 again he teaches my hands like war so that my arms can vote, bend the bow of bronze you saw also given me the shield of your salvation, your gentleness has made me great.
You help me to make war, your gentleness is maybe great.
I mean, these are like polar opposites. Statements any living the life of David. David was an incredible warrior and yet the Bible records many times when he went in his gentleness. Somehow he was able to maintain his gentleness all his life and you know I gentle warrior.
That's what the body of Christ is more a minute.
Gentle warriors is one of them to get people who are warriors who are emergent and you people are gentle who are warriors at all. And anytime you take that polar opposites like the gentle warriors is a good thing.
We, God, give us about verse 37 you enlarge my path under me. So my feet did not slip.
I pursued my enemies and destroyed them neither that I turned back again until they were destroyed and I destroyed them and wounded them so that they could not rise.
They have fallen under my feet.
If you enlarge me with strength for the battle. You subdued me under under me. Those who rose against me.
You have given me the next of my enemies so that I destroyed those who hated me they look but there was none to save even to the Lord, but he did not answer them.
Then I beat them as fine as the dust of the earth not tried them like dirt in the streets and spread them out devilish on the warrior Saturday season and gentle warrior is a warrior we like this. We look at these parts of all well that's so good that that that's the God of the Old Testament I got was old and in the old list remember something David was an instrument of God's judgment upon the people that were around us understand God had waited at least hundreds and hundreds of years and I'm sure appealed to these people to be drawn to him to forsake their near human sacrifice is always a in the condiment. They kept rejecting them and they got to the point where God said okay that's a scary thing to realize that there is a place like there's a place where people continue on without God not listen to God I got you crossed.
We don't know where that if you will never know where that is in some ways like there will be people that you think aren't even close to the bar past the people that you think I passed it there even close to we can see like God sees but Damon was God's instrument of judgment on these people and if you think Christianity is just this. You hear people say all the time, which would Jesus was a pacifist.
He totally abhorred violence and didn't think anybody should ever do anything like that and let's all just stand in a circle and sinking by archiving and they haven't read the Bible is when I read the Bible, I see Jesus getting mad.
I see Jesus turning tables over. I see Jesus making a with to drive out the money check. I see even in this fellowship battle going on all the top all the time like like some of you just would not imagine coming. It's a daily thing for some battle going over all this is going on. That's a problem in this verse is, it's a constant battle. That's what I'm called to that's what you are called we are called to this battle and everyone through Christianity thinking that you're in a dangerous place.
God, in going to the playground ecology to the battleground and if you set off to the side was going to be happening to be a spectator and watch brothers and sisters being wounded and think you have nothing to do with it. You have no bearing on about were called to about and so as we read about these things easily as requested. Understand that God is with us as we battle on his verse 44. You've also delivered me from the strivings of my people give Me as the head of the nations of people have not learned shall serve meets the foreigner submit to me as soon as I hear Leo Bailey. The foreigners fade away and become frightened from their hideouts sound a little weird until you realize it.
David's giving God the glory for what's going on in his life. David and just say in all these people are just serving me in on the night he saying this is what God is doing in my life is giving thanks to God in the midst of this, he saying these things in a ship as early as Genesis 4 is given this appraised to God for victory ship nexus with Miriam. Different people in the Bible. Given God the glory for delivering them and given them the victory. Verse 47 the Lord lives. Blessed be my rock. Let God be exalted. The rock of my salvation to receive the third reference to the unmoving. What else is rock dependable, dependable, you know what a rock is you know the rock is strong. It's interesting a big rock like maybe a minute the hanging rock using a big rock and try to fight against smacking relevant network yet fight against God doesn't work you everyone of us is tried at some point in our life. The fight against God. But it's as effective as fighting against the rocket just it just doesn't go well and the harder you smack the rock. Guess what, the more injured you become as interesting as a silly thing about this rock because hanging rock you go there's a small trailer to walk out they tell you it's like 2 miles were destroyed 400 and so you pick him up there and you know when you finally get up there and you're like you don't think of a rock is comfortable you get there that you get to the top thing I'd like is a very comfortable place to rest me as interesting as you go up there you know what you sleep little places a shelter where there is a snowstorm or something going on where you could find warmth and comfort*anything about the Rockwell where David had out when he was on case rock is a place on runs when I have problems with the whole world is against.
When the world seems like a cold, harsh place to run to you because you're my rock your unmoving your my shelter your my fortress, we can get that then we understand God or somebody that we run into instead of running from and understand. I'm a runner ran from God to understand, going all the way back to the garden that's been the problem. I'm trying to hide from God. We look at idle silly drug hotdog will physically thing is just good and then we go and do the same thing which hide from God. I don't see me why, know I'll do my dirty deeds at night like I don't see when God sees everything. So I think it's so important for us to develop this run in the God think that's one of things that made such a distinctive difference in the verse 48 it is God who avenges me and subdues the people under me he delivers me from my enemies.
You also lift me up above those who rise against me. You've delivered me from the violent man.
Therefore, I will give thanks to you Lord among the Gentiles and sing praises to your name. Therefore, J. Vernon McGee said whenever you see a therefore in the Bible, you have to ask what it's there. David says all these things and then he says therefore God you've done all these things. You blessed me you've been with me you've never deserted me. You've delivered me. Therefore I give thanks.
Paul quotes this verse in Romans chapter 15 verse nine.
In the center thing the context Paul gives up there, loving one another, serving one because of what God has done for. We should be loving and serving one another, and David is wrapping it up and send you know what I'm an appraiser with verse 51. He is the tower of salvation to his king and shows mercy to his anointed David and his descendents forever more. So David says all these things he says you got because you did all these things because you are who you are.
I praise you and I worship you, and I think final life lesson we should always be thankful. We should always be thankful God never tells us to understand everything but he says in everything give thanks and sometimes we want to thank God for what we want them to do God. If you do this I'll give you all the thing. I give you all the praise for a moment to stop and consider friend what God is already done for you and for me and be thankful as you read this chapter, EEC something that God had a plan for David the hotel and somehow him being a little shepherd boy in him slaying Goliath and him being a musician. The court musician for Saul all led up to him being a king plan. It's obvious when you read this chapter, when we look at the life of David is obvious when you look at the life of Joseph. God had a plan and it's really easy to sit back and go get God had a plan for their life has a plan for your life and I'm sure when David was hard not in this case even understand what the plan was made even though the plan is thinking about her.
God was leading them the whole time God knew what was coming next.
He was preparing for what was coming next and when he got to that place. He knew he needed to prepare for what was next and prepare them like David says you brought me to this wrong place that's a little weird for us with. You brought me to this open field.
If you can imagine an open feel like an amount an open field. He walks out spiritually in this beautiful place is been in this closed-end area seems like everything's close-knit decision will guide you brought me to the special friend I was to bring you this. He wants to show you what he showed David friend you know for sure that your sins have been forgiven. You can know right now only Legion a short simple prayer simply telling God you're sorry and asking him to help you to live for him. Please pray this prayer with me out loud right now.
Dear Jesus, I believe you died for me that I could be forgiven and I believe you were raised from the dead that I can have a new life not done wrong things I have sent and I'm sorry. Please forgive me of all those things.
Please give me the power to live for you.
All of my days in Jesus name, amen it friend of you prayed that prayer according to the Bible. You've been forgiven you've been born again, so congratulations for you just made the greatest decision that you will ever make. God bless you, if you pray that prayer with David for the first time we'd love to hear from you.
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As we continue studying first by 1st to 2nd Samuel