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Dying With Regrets Part 2

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September 28, 2022 1:00 am

Dying With Regrets Part 2

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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September 28, 2022 1:00 am

Our lives may be chaotic but there’s still time to pursue a legacy that honors God. On his deathbed, David’s country and his family were in turmoil—of his own making. In this message, we listen to David’s blessing based on God and His promises. Are we ready to die in peace, satisfied in God? 

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Marie Morris looking to Jesus, founder and perfecter the race of life began well for King David ended without a clear victory of the end-of-life. David had many regrets we can learn from them to minimize our regrets today. The last look at a great King and how he died from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running to with Dr. Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line today, ending a 10 part series on growing through conflict. Journey through the life of King David of Israel. Pastor looks or is you come to conclude your last message dying with regrets. We go into the Kings chamber to watch him die.

Will Dave, you're absolutely right. When David died he left behind him a very divided kingdom. Eventually, after the time of Solomon. As a matter of fact, it will be split into. He left behind in my ruined family and you know even though strictly speaking, Solomon should not of been born because he was a child of Bathsheba. Her second child with David. Yet the Lord loved Solomon and also made him to be a great King. How did David die. Well, through faith in God through the forgiveness of his sentence in the recognition that ultimately God would be his judge and that's the way you and I die as well.

We have nothing to offer God except mercy and grace that has come to us from him that we receive. I've written a book entitled, growing through conflict, it actually takes us through the life of David to help us understand his failures and his successes and what that has to teach us in for a gift of any amount that can be yours. I'll be giving you contact info at the end of this message so you listen carefully so the plague is stayed dismissed that sort through David's heart sorceress are because of him. His great sent by the weight great sin of immorality. Yes, but also now a great sin of pride.

And God hates both God hates both at the second cloud that surrounded David just before he died, but there was 1/3 and it was the most difficult. I'm sure for the king to deal with and that is the family breakup of the family breakup. If the first cloud was a political cloud and the second was a national cloud. The third was a very personal cloud and for that now we look at first Kings chapter 1 where David now is die is dying and you'll notice that David had another son whose name was that Adonijah verse five he was the son of another one of David's wives. David had many wives. He had at least 14 or 15 children and he can't wait for his father to die. His dad is dying to slowly.

So you get some followers and they had a big party and he goes and he anoints himself as a game. David doesn't like it but Siva and David have a talk about it and they decide that tab. The kingship should be passed on to Solomon about the Bible says the Lord loved Solomon a and so they make arrangements for Solomon to be proclaimed King after David died, Adonijah began to stir up some rebellion and Solomon had him killed. The risk of repetition. Let me review for those of you have been a part of this series, isn't this ever a mass first of all you have incest in David's family. Amnon involved with his sister tame are then you have murder Absalom murders Amnon and Absalom gets killed by Joab and now Adonijah that makes for. By the way, the prophet said to David that the that the sword shall never depart from your house and David said regarding the man who stole the sheep he shall pay fourfold if you include this on the died from but Siva, that's four sons dad sword never departing from David's house and so here David is dying now and that the demand can't even really die without difficulty. Because what he has around him or all of these family problems.

What mass what a mass where David's wives will Bathsheba is with him, but the others are even listed. They are probably laughing behind his back. There thinking to themselves that here's the great King he had all of us as wives as families in disarray. The kingdom doesn't seem to be going anywhere people are mad at him because of the judgment of God was 70,000 people dead so that's the context in which we now go into the Kings chamber to watch him die.

What can we say about these clouds that hovered over David will I think David would say you know what there's some sunshine too because if you get behind the clouds.

The sun is still shining. I believe the David died well because first of all, he died believing in his God that he died believing in his God. Second Samuel chapter 23 now these are the last words of David David, the son of Jesse declares and the man who was raised on high, declares the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel faces the spirit of the Lord spake by me and his word was on my tongue, the God of Israel, said the rock of Israel spoke to me. He who rules over men righteously who rules in the fear of God is as the light of the morning when the sun arises.

A morning without clouds when the tender grass springs out of the earth. Those sunshine after rain.

Imagine that well. David certainly did not always rule righteously but is looking at the way in which God views him in the preceding verses where he talks about his trust in God. He says dogs so am I in thy sight, God had declared David righteous, and now when the time came for David to die. God was not beholding evil in David because David had been forgiven for all of his great sense. So David dies.

Now he's trusting in God's is like the sunshine. After the rain, the clouds dissipate. I can die in peace. Centuries later, there's a baby born in Bethlehem and that baby grows up becomes a man begins to interact with Pharisees who totally misunderstood his mission and who he was. They didn't understand and and that man we call the Lord Jesus Christ that man says that he is not only the son of David, but also David's Lord think that through Christ is interacting with the Pharisees and this is what the Bible says in the book of Matthew now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question saying what do you think about the Christ, whose son is he wow that was an easy question.

They said the son of David, he said to them, how then does David in the spirit call him Lord is saying, the Lord is said to my Lord to sit at my right hand until I make thine enemies still beneath my feet. Jesus says if David then called him Lord, how is he his son should've been able to figure that out. The answer is that he is the son of David, because of David's genealogies, but he is also the son of God. Lord, therefore he is both David's son and David's Lord, but the text says, and no one was able to answer him a word nor did anyone dare from that day on, asking another question.

I never understood but you notice how centuries later, David's God keeps the promises and David's commitment in the covenant that God made is being fulfilled.

David's going to be out of the picture but God is there, we die God remain so David died believing in his God, believing that there was sunshine, even after rain book of Revelation says in chapter 22 verse 16 Jesus said I am the root and the offspring of David, second I believe that David died in peace because he was satisfied he was satisfied with his God, and that's really the secret of David's life. Bad decisions, sins pry immorality. All of that marked in weakness in relationship to his family fact. If you have your Bible open to first Kings. You'll notice here it says in verse six of chapter 1 regarding Adonijah and his father had never crossed them at any time by asking why have you done so and he also was very handsome and he was born after Absalom.

It says but notice those it says there in verse six. His father had never crossed them at any time by asking why have you done so. This kid got away with everything. David David David. David had this thing going on with God. He related listen oh dogged thou art my God, I shall seek the earnestly my soul thirsts for the my flesh yearns for the in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Thus I have beheld the in the sanctuary to see thy power and my glory because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise the so I will bless the as long as I live I will lift up my hands in thy name, my soul is satisfied is with marrow, and that is and my mouth offers praise with a joyful lips why old that depth of knowledge about God. It almost seems as if everything that David knew about God. David experienced and and this just didn't happen this just didn't happen. What happened is that David David went through terrible terrible times and just as you know that you cannot take a flower and get from it.

It sent. If you want to make perfume. It must be crushed is crushed flowers that smell most beautifully in the very same way God crushed David so that we could have the Psalms, God worked in David's life through all of the ups and downs through all of his sins and failures and as a result of that David could now die in peace die in peace. No great eulogy at his funeral that we know of interesting that Saul dies and David goes on almost a full chapter talking about a wonderful soul was rotten king that he was.

Jonathan dies and David gives a very long eulogy as well, but David dies and there's not much to be said because everything seems to have kind of petered out so he dies and he goes to be with his father's. The Bible said David lived a life that did not end simply by having a meaningless trip in a limousine. He still died with his God today. We now tiptoe into David's room because he's ready to die and we can talk to them is today. At least David can speak we say to him.

David tell us what's life all about and he says to us, the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want civil David look, you're being a little unrealistic here that's really nice poetry, but that what you do when King Saul founds you for 10 years throwing spears at you, chasing you like a partridge in the desert. What you do, then David. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures he needed me beside the still waters say, oh, David. David David get realistic don't live in denial. David what you do when you commit adultery and then you commit murder to cover your sin.

What do you do then David. He restores my soul deleted me in the paths of righteousness for his namesake, David. Let's get real. What you say when Absalom your favorite son dies when you say when that Shiva that son dies and what do you say when Absalom violates your wives and your concubines in the sight of Israel and humiliate David.

What do you say that and by the late what do you do when Amnon is killed by his brother David goes on to simply say yay though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou it with me, David. The kingdom is coming apart. People can't wait for you to die because they want to get their fingers in your pie, so to speak, David. Don't you understand how bad things really are. Your wives are laughing behind your back, your family is in disarray. David says that thou prepares the table before me in the presence of mine enemies. My cup runneth over with a David one more time just look just look you're gonna be gone. People might forget about you. The mistakes are going to be praised. David, they're going to be preachers 3000 years from now word of the standing up preaching on your sins. There are people who will know nothing about you except that you are an adult. That's it. David surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Will David, I think you should write that down really do. I think you should write it so that multitudes in Chicago and Atlanta, New York and around the world will get some hope that people will know that at the end of the day. David went the thing was said and done, when all of the reports were in and the obituaries were written in the analyses were made at the end of the day. David your life began just as it open the curtain slammed shut over. There was left with you and your God until that's all that was there so I say to you today and to me. Do we understand that God is the center of David's life should be the center of ours as well. Do we understand that when all these things are said and done and by the way when everything is said and done, usually much more is said than done.

Ever noticed we understand that at the end of old that behind the cloud behind the clouds there sunshine. You don't have to die with your kingdom intact as long as you believe that God's kingdom is intact and God just keeps going on and going on and blessing and directing and using despite human failure and so as I mentioned a moment ago. It's all over. What shall we coal David's epitaph. What can we say about it. I think that there is nothing better than taking the words of God directly from Psalm 89, when he says David my servant those three words David my servant and I have to ask you in a shepherd boy from Bethlehem, possibly expect anymore than that. Let us pray our father, we thank you for a life that has been lived. Thank you for David's mistakes. Not that we glory in his sins, but we rejoice in the lessons that we learn from him. Thank you for the Psalms that he wrote thank you father for the battles that he won thank you that today Jerusalem is known as the city of David. Thank you that Jesus was not embarrassed to call David his father, thank you that he could say that he is, Christ is the root and the offspring of David, thank you father that for all of our sins and failures. If we love you supremely and believe in you and keep pursuing you at the end of the day we die like David with our God grant that we pray in Jesus name. This is pastor. If the Lord doesn't come neither one of us is going to get out of this life alive. Fact is that all of us are going to die at some point we are all born with an expiration date, and it's so important for us to know that ultimately the question is whether or not we have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. When you look at the life of David, you discover that there were many failures, perhaps the greatest was his relationship with Bathsheba and all of the consequences that followed. But at the same time, he is the man who gave us most of the Psalms as he spilled out his heart to the Lord. I've written a book entitled, growing true conflict and when you look at the life of David. You can see that he had tremendous conflict.

For example, 10 years of his life he was running from King Saul. And yet in the midst of it. We see God's faithfulness. This book is written to encourage you.

It's a book that I hope that you will share with your friends.

It's entitled growing true conflict and for a gift of any amount. It can be yours.

Here is what you do go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Growing true conflict. This is the last day, we are making this resource available right now. Go to RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 it's time again for another chance for you to ask pastor looks or a question about the Bible or the Christian life pastor looks or I can hardly read today's letter the writer is in such personal pain, but your answer might help her, and many others in her predicament.

Her name is Carlene and she writes to us from Indiana. I listen to your message on the tears of Christ, and felt such heaviness for my own sins that I had to write my own life right now is miserable. My husband left me almost 5 years ago after 25 years of marriage.

He did not leave me for another person. He just had many unresolved problems from abuse and damaged emotions before our marriage.

I never dreamed that divorce would be in my vocabulary. It is ruined everything I ever dreamed of having. I have said so many tears of sorrow, remorse and grief until I feel there is no more to cry. I don't want to live anymore. I want forgiveness and I want God to take me home. Is there any hope for a lonely, helpless, worthless, brokenhearted wife and mother. I know God hears and God sees in God is not pleased with me. I need healing from a broken hurting never should have happened. Marriage will my dear sister. I hope that I can help you today because obviously you are very despondent and you wonder where to turn, could I remind you of the promises of God that he will never leave you nor forsake you that I remind you of the fact that God sometimes uses even the bitter experience of divorce to help us to get on with the business of sanctification, namely Christ likeness, could I remind you that you are absolutely wrong when you say that you are worthless in God's sight.

You have been purchased at high cost. You are listening to lies that come from Satan and that come from yourself in your despair. You are not listening to what God says about you.

Please keep all of these things in mind what you need to do is to grasp the promises of God. Let me give you a suggestion. It would be wonderful if you were to read five Psalms a day because in the Psalms, David goes into the depths of despair, but you'll notice that he always comes out with praise. You'll get to a Psalm like Psalm 32. Blessed is he was transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. My sister let me tell you, you don't have to weep in order to receive God's forgiveness.

Weeping is good. Oftentimes it shows that we do have remorse for our sins, but it's not her tears. It's not even our remorse that forgives us it's all God's grace receive it. Rejoice as to who you are in Jesus and let God continue to do his work in your life making you like Jesus, full of faith, full of the Holy Spirit, and filled with the fruits of the spirit.

God bless you. Our hearts go out to Carlene and to all who have a similar situation.

Thank you Dr. Blitzer.

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