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King David - Cave - Part 2

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June 25, 2021 6:32 am

King David - Cave - Part 2

Moments of Hope / David Chadwick

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June 25, 2021 6:32 am

Have you ever found yourself in a cave? A place of darkness? Today we will learn how to overcome in times of testing.

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Case close some of you still believe that God tended to have other people told you it's impossible. But the God of the case to my worship is the God of the he can do all things through Christ) any welcome moments of hope with blank feelings and circumstances are two enemies that can challenge our faith in God.

But as believers we know that God is not limited by our feelings for our circumstances today will hear practical ways to overcome despair. In part two of King David. That's what they've talked about your his body and soul Lauren I indicate here's how he responds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens. I trust you, God, you above the cave above the heavens let your glory be all over the earth. Let everyone see how glorious and wonderful you are. They set for my step's my soul was bowed down they tug of the dug a pit in my way, but they have fallen into it themselves nor was he saying there is enemies again. They dug a pit for him. They made a trap for him. David says God let them step of the road trip again.

He's letting God do it, but he's hoping that the ones who had turned against him would one day have to face the very traps they had said so long pause and think about what's just been said that he continues my heart is steadfast. Oh God, my heart is steadfast. His heart will not be moved. Folks, we are making for that faith declarations to God and caves. You must not let your heart be moved. You must be steadfast in your faith conviction that God is using the cave somehow for your good and his glory, and you'll not give up that faith conviction. Your heart will remain steadfast in that believe the gods in the cave working it together for good. Then he says I will sing and make melody when you're in a cave.

One of the best things you can do is sing praises to the Lord find a praise CD and put it on and just start singing. Make sure you don't miss worship. If you're in a cave come and sing with the people of God. There is something about singing praise songs, singing hymns that uplifts the soul and allows us to get out of the cave. That's what Dave is doing here. And here's a song awakened by glory of Waco harp and lyre was that word awake. He's basically saying God it feels like you're asleep right now.

Would you please wake up. Please also saying I believe that once you're awake you'll fight this battle for me this is your battle not mine and I will trust you that you will fight it. I will awake the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, oh Lord, among the peoples. I think the rod be another sale. I hear there's not a limit is pause and ask you, have you ever given God thanks for the cave. Have you ever given God thanks for the K.

David thanked God for the cave. It was taking him to a place of faith that he could've never gone to without the cave. Have you given thanks to God for your case.

I will sing praises to you among the nations there is against singing and praising somehow lifts the soul and caves for your steadfast love is great to the heavens.

Your faithfulness to the clouds exalted. Oh God, above the heavens let your glory be above all the earth.

If you're the God of the clouds. If you're the God of the heavens and your blood everything that means you over the cave.

That's what David saying so I'll let your glory be seen all over the earth your glory, even in this cave faith declarations God you're dealing with my faith. I will not be that Psalm 57 book of Psalm 142 similar but yet different.

He begins by saying I tell my trouble before him, he told God all this troubles.

He was forthright and open with all of his hurt and pain. Again, you can tell God that he's big, you can handle it. He wants you to do it. In fact, some of you may not know that before I was called in the ministry earned a graduate degree in counseling in one of the things I learned in counseling with trying to help people get well is this phrase admitting the feeling is the beginning of healing admitting the feeling is the beginning of healing. That's what every therapist wants you to do, to tell the therapist what's hurting you will. The same is true with God as your writing out your prayers. Perhaps that that's what I do every day I write out my prayer I tell God what's going on in my heart I go God really hurting today.

I'm really tired today. I'm really overwhelmed today I tell God what I'm feeling goes, admitting the feelings the beginning of healing. David's as I tell my trouble before him when my spirit faints within me.

Not if, when this great man of God. Let a heart for God's spirit was fainting within them in the cave. You know my way. Even though my spirit is feigning you still know it's going on God in my face not going to be based on my feelings or my circumstances close those are the two enemies of faith, your feelings and your circumstances.

David says I'm not looking at my feelings are not listening to my circumstances. I'm looking to you and you alone. Oh God. You know my way in the path where I walk. They have hidden a trap for me there it is again. I'm going to account on you, Lord, in allowing them to step into the trap look to the right and see there is none who takes notice of me. No refuge remains to me. No one cares for my soul. He's all alone at this point, folks. God has to do is work with you alone in the cave that he doesn't want you to remainder you need community eventually boys doing his greatest work, it must be done in solitude. I cry out to you oh Lord I say you are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.

When the Israelites crossed into the promised land. God divided up portions of the land. All of the 12 tribes. They would you give one of my tribe. The tribe of Judah portion of the land you give me a portion of your life. Now in the land of the living attend to my cry for I am brought very low. David's in a very low state in the cave. Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me.

Bring me out of prison that I may give thanks to your name. There's silence. It seems impossible, but David believes in the God of the impossible. The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me, faith declaration, faith declaration, even though it's dark, I'm alone. There's no hope.

It seems it's impossible. I still believe in you.

The righteous God of the universe to deal bountifully with me now want to him is able to do exceedingly abundantly beyond what we can ever imagine.

Ephesians 320 is the God of the universe is not limited by our circumstances. He's able to conquer everything that is the ultimate faith declaration. He wants all of us to so David ends the Psalms that way. And then interestingly, after some. In that dark cave got personal brought his family to him. Jesse, his father, his mom, his brothers, his two sisters, maybe the grandkids, Jesse and the family came to him because God knew that the people who should help us most in times of caves is our family, our family, dear friends, God created the family to be the source of encouragement. We need an ark to cave times like Marilyn wants for me almost 20 years ago and already give up. So God brought family and and then he brought 400 men.

It's interesting the text describes them as those who were in distress. Everyone who was in debt. Everyone who was bitter and so they were people.

Saul was abusing Saul as this maniacal autocrat was hurting the citizens he was supposed to be overseeing and they left and came to the cave it at a limb and was so interesting. These 400 ragtag began to be disciplined by David and ultimately will see a bit later on in another part of the series they become David's fighting Army. David's mighty men, they become ultimately in their precise discipline Army maneuvers. The most powerful army that Israel ever knew.

So God uses the cave time to prepare Israel for later on with these 400 men and finally a guy by the name Abby, a thought comes to David Eddie thought was one of the priest when go get the even my coaches love that name… Saul and said at him elect David David the sword of Goliath and food to escape. Saul is one ticked off dude and he said to Joe Egg, the Edomite his five you go kill every one of the priests did kill a limb elect all of his other buddies, except want to be a thorn who escaped and went to Dave David in the cave of battle and what happened in that cave is God continue with ABA thought the promised errant that there will always be at the high priest in charge of Israel to do the sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins, and later when David became king ABA fark was his high priest, God sovereignly overseeing even the worst possible scenario to keep his promises.

True. And finally, David went to Moab and he asked the king of Moab.

If you take care of his mom and dad aging, unable to continue to travel with David and be a part of this warfare. David takes care of his mom and dad this man after God's own heart, knew the 10 Commandments. He knew that one of them was to honor your mother and your father. So David takes them to the king of Moab non-Israelite Gentile why Moab is why member. The story of Ruth.

Ruth came back from Moab. She was a Moabitess.

She married Boaz a Jew, and they had children. Her grandson was Jesse David's father.

So David took his daddy back to the land where he knew the king would care for him because the king said this guy and his family has Moabite blood pulsating through his day I watch both my mom and dad.

Aging guy folks and I knew in those latter years when it was so difficult. Caring for them. But that was my responsibility. I knew as a child of God, but also their child. I needed to care for them as aging parents.

So did David. That's what he did with his mom and daddy honored his mother and his father now. David then leaves Avalon with his 400 mighty men, and he returns closer to Saul knowing that Saul is still looking for him wanting to kill him.

He goes to a second cave did you hear me say that you're not limited to one cave in life. There's a second cave in which he goes.

It's a cave called in getting it's an area that still exists in Israel today is filled with craggy rocks.

Steve Mountains, the valleys and multitudes of case. Well one day and this is in first Samuel chapter 24 David and some of his mighty men are hidden deep in a dark cave in and getting his second cave in there trying to figure out what to do. Saul is persecuting them, seeking them and one day as their deep in the cave, thinking they can only see the light at the beginning the cave.

But they can be seen by anyone entering the cave just to enter the cave. Saul king Saul, the guy wanted David dead and he takes off his robe cast it aside, and I just don't know how politely to say this is a minister of the gospel going to say what the text says any don't believe he read it yourself.

King Saul takes off his clothes and bends down and takes a royal dump.

That's what it says and he let her imagination run wild.

Okay, he is vulnerable these in a position of great vulnerability. He can't see David and his mighty men. David can see Amber and I getting to plaster a great vulnerability and his men whispered him okay lop off his head right now and our problems are over in an instant. David crawls over to Saul while he's taking his business cuts off a square of his royal road and comes back to the men and they still see Saul alive in the girl you crazy.

It's in the cave and Getty that God taught Dave and another great lesson about faith in verses six and seven we read this.

David said was men. The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord the Lord's anointed to put out my hand against him, seeing that he is the Lord's anointed. So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul, and Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.

We was down in the valley. David walks out of the cave and cries out them. Saul, I'm not your enemy. I don't want to kill you I love you and let me show you could've taken your life and shows him the piece of his royal robe and Saul because I was all I shouldn't of done that.

I'm so sorry I pursue you, David, but that only lasted for a moment. He started the pursuits in their but here's the point. David didn't like Saul a whole lot, but he honored his position as King is one of my military friend said to me one time I didn't like the general but I always loved his position.

You may not like the person over you but you must respect their position and David understood this principle folks. I hope all of you understand to bless the source of your blessing if it's a kid with parents bless the source of your blessing if it's a false over. You may not like, bless the source of your blessing you may not like the person. But you must respect their rank and David said I will not lift up my hand against the Lord's anointed. Here's what God is trying to teach him in the cave of in getting David so many people when they're in any case they want to seize control of the cave and try to make things happen their way. They try to do in their timing and Their Way, David when you're my child and I'm doing a work of faith within you. You must learn patience is humility's a twin sister of faith, there's a triplicates sister that's involved. It's called patients. Patients and faith are inextricably connected together. And God was saying to David, you must allow me to do with Saul in my way in my time. Don't try to control the situation and David learned that faith perspective in the cave and get interestingly two chapters later in chapter 26 he sneaked in Paul's Saul's camp and had a chance to kill him again did the same think often of part of the royal road just to say I've learned my lesson.

I will not lift up my hand to get some of the Lord's anointed, do just like many of you are trying to control your situation. Instead of releasing it to God and trust in patients is a sign of a lack of faith in the caves.

We tend to look at our feelings and circumstances and not believe in the God of the impossible. Faith is always connected to the God of the impossible. Roger Bannister ran a sub four minute mile. In the early 1950s was interesting beforehand is most people said to him, it can't be done. Nobody can run a four minute mile less than a four minute mile. Bannister didn't believe in all the pundits who said it's impossible.

He kept pushing himself. In fact, the doctors told him that if he ever did it when under four minutes, his body would die. Interestingly, on the day when he finally ran his 359, he collapsed into buying stands thought he died, but he got up and he broke that barrier because he believed there aren't any barriers and since then 150+ people have broken the four minute mile in your cave spokes. Some of you still believe that God can't get you out other people of told you it's impossible.

But the God of the caves whom I worship is the God of the impossible. He can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Alexander Solzhenitsyn was a Russian dissident. He was thrown into a Google log because he spoke words against Joseph Stalin.

He spent over 12 years there when he was finally released.

The world clambered to hear his words. What happened in the Glock. He talked about how in that prison. He met Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in that prison. God deepened his faith in the understood eternal realities, and here's what he said to journalists all over the world about his cave in Siberia.

Thank you Lord for prison. Thank you Lord for prison. Why thank God for the prison. Don't you see folks no wilderness, no will of God.

No cave, no confidence in God, no loneliness, no loveliness of God, no darkness, no dependence on God. No dangers no desire for God. No rocks, no reason, and listening to moments of hope David Symantec thinks I listening coming that Dana joins Nina standing out in a conversation about renewing our faith right I am Tony Marciano, president and CEO Charlotte rescue mission. Let me 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 it that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp holding a sign just said hungry will work for food which never 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 drawing 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. The rescue Mission provides free Christian residential high-quality substance abuse recovery programs to members of our community who otherwise would not be able to afford such services with a passion for holistic transformation in a love for Christ. The missions 120 day program has transformed the lives of thousands of men and women in our community. Charlotte rescue mission is grateful for the financial partnership or moments of mine, James E. Stan, thanks for listening today. Joining me in the studio is our pastor David blank David, thanks for being with us today hi Jan, great being with you as well. Now today's David exam is called. You can't use yesterday's faith for tomorrow's problems what you mean by wellhead trying to get everybody to realize that you need just enough faith for today and as you look at tomorrow's problems you'll need faith for tomorrow's problems but just for today, you need to have faith to get you through this day.

I think the Lamentations 322. For example, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end. There are new every morning great is your faithfulness and Jeremiah wrote this book, when Jerusalem was being ransacked. It was amidst the greatest problems.

The city had ever seen.

It is a lament. That's why the book of Lamentations is a lament about all of those evil things that are happening in Jerusalem right in the middle of the lament are these powerful verses in Lamentations chapter 3 verses 21, 22, 23, of God's promises to Israel that their faith would be enough to meet their needs.

Every single day. So that's what I'm trying to get across it as the Israelites gathered manna every day in the wilderness. It was a daily gift from God. They could never gather more than just that day's needs.

If they tried to. The manna would putrefy. Jesus himself taught us in Matthew six verse 11. Give us this day our daily bread. He said will need enough faith just for today for God to supply our needs. So the point again is tomorrow will have enough worries of its own. Matthew 634 just focus on today and believe that God will give you the grace and faith.

You need to make it through the day, because the truth is, you can't use yesterday's faith for tomorrow's problems that's really guide.

It reminds me of a phrase I heard a couple years ago to preach the gospel to yourself and every day and sometimes I did not have to remind myself as the way God has intervened in my life and it boosts my faith to remember and to recall fresh for today. What he's done before and just a face, let what is coming my way in the day so I don't know how you feel about that preach the gospel to yourself every day that it does seem to invigorate my faith and and sent me standing on the course for the day college and I believe that with all my heart that not only should we be reminded of God's eternal grace that he's given us through Jesus of our identity in Jesus and not in the things of this world, but that we need to have enough faith just for today, and that's what the gospel promises us to many people I think are trying to live off yesterday's faith and they just can't do it. Yesterday's gone, you've got to live off what God gives you today so that means every morning you get up and you drink from the well of God's waters of salvation. You fill your heart a new with all of God's love and grace. And when you do so.

You then have enough faith to face today and its problems and not rely upon yesterday's faith to meet tomorrow's problem since is so grand and so encouraging. Thank you so much for these thoughts today and thank you Jan and everyone. If you would like to receive these daily David isms. These moments of hope from me in written form, please go to moments of hope subscribe there free of charge for my heart to yours to help you begin each day with a moment of hope and moments of hope. Click link senior pastor and moments of hope charts, we would love to have you join us for where sent this Sunday morning. We meet at Trenton state school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South Saarland at 10 AM. You can find more information on our website.

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