Thursday, 19 December 2019 21:24

Concern For God's Glory

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Here I am, living in a palace of Cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent. 2 Samuel 7:2. This is what King David told prophet Nathan after he was settled in his palace and the Lord gave him rest from all his enemies. He is concerned about God and His glory.

2 Sam. 7:4-16 is God's message to David through Nathan. God is revealing His plan for David and for his descendants. I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel" (2 Sam. 7:8)

2 Samuel. 7:18-29 is David's prayer before the Lord. He is starting with a question "Who am I, O Soverign Lord and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 2 Sam. 7:18.

Do we remember the living condition of our forefathers? Who brought us to this stage in our life today? Socially, educationally, economically. . . . From a shepherd boy to the King of Israel. From pasture to palace.

Today are we concerned about God, His ministry and His ministers? What are we doing about it?

Many ministries and ministers are going through great problems. What can we do about it?

What is our contribution in building God's Kingdom?

Rev. C. V. Abraham



WHERE AM I

David sat before the Lord 2 Sam 7:18

David wrote: One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple. [Ps 27:4]

Sadly David didn’t dwell in the house of the Lord. Instead he celebrated victories, dispatched his men to fight his battles, and he went up to the roof of his house.
There, instead of gazing on the beauty of the Lord, he gazed upon Bathsheba’s beauty.
Instead of asking/inquiring of the Lord, David inquired from his guards.
Instead of seeking the Lord’s presence, David sought Bathsheba’s presence.
Without his realising it, David had started thinking like a Son of Adam. I want. It’s my right to be happy & fulfilled… I have the power to take. I take…

Bathsheba, Ahithophel [Bathsheba’s granddad & David’s Chief Advisor], Uriah [comrade in arms], Joab [David’s nephew], various soldiers… all became mere objects/things to be used to satisfy David’s lust.

In Eden, satan succeeded in snaring Eve by first getting her to look at the fruit, and then to look at her need for the fruit. When she stopped looking at God, Eve became vulnerable to satan.

➡ Satan follows the same strategy today… ALL temptation whether it is lust, self-pity, discontentment, anger… is first and foremost an invitation to look away from God at something else, which triggers emotions in us which lead us away from God.

Satan magnifies our needs & emotions till they seem like powerful Goliaths which cannot be overcome.
Someone sent me this one-liner: If there is a Goliath in front of you, that means there is a David within you.

Jesus the Son of David dwells in us & around us. [1 Cor 3:16, Col 1:27, Col 3:3]
✝ Jesus came to destroy the works of satan, and He dwells in us to strengthen us to fight & overcome temptations. [1 Jn 3:8, Phi 4:13]
✝ Jesus, the Lion of Judah is greater than satan. He is greater than the pull of our carnal desires & emotions. [1 Jn 4:4, Jn 16:33]

➡ Our eyes wander from God. We all fall into some sin at some time or the other … satan would like us to remain in the pit wallowing in self-condemnation.

BUT the Babe in the Manger reminds us that God loves us and has extended His Helping Hand to us, so that we can get back on our feet, dust off the sands of failure, and walk in union with Him. David didn't dwell (make his home in) his sin. He repented, made a U-Turn and journeyed with the Lord.

When You said, "Seek My Face," my heart said to You, "O LORD, I will seek Your face. " [Psa 27:8]

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.

Turn your THOUGHTS upon Jesus
Think deep of His wonderful love
And the thoughts of sin and of self and strife
Will be lost in that rapture above.

… Song by Helen Lemmel

Shepherd of my soul, Make Your way clear to me. Teach me to follow, LORD, and lead me on the right path. Let Your resurrection power work in me, to break the power of temptation & sin in my life. I want to remain abiding in Your Love. Amen.

Alice D.



My insight
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Perhaps the greatest key to spiritual growth is spending time alone with the Lord. This means taking time to speak with God about whatever is on your heart— and, even more importantly, allowing Him to speak to you.

Why don’t many of us desire to spend time alone with God? The foremost reason is that we don’t feel sure of our relationship with a God and therefore, we feel afraid of God.

But those who are born again spiritually have a Father-child relationship with the Lord. Our Heavenly Father loves us unconditionally and deals with us tenderly and patiently. The more we learn what He’s really like—the more we see Him as He truly is—the more we will long to spend time alone with Him. . . . and the more we will know the fullness of His grace.

7:8 - When we begin to enjoy some success, we would do well to remind ourselves of where we came from and how the Lord brought us to our place of blessing. It is all God’s doing—every good thing we have comes from His hand (James 1:17).

7:16 - David wanted to build a house of cedar for the Lord. But God replied that He would build a living house for David-creating a great kingdom from his descendents (1 Chr. 17:1-27). You can never outgive God. The Lord ultimately fulfilled this promise in the “Son of David”, Jesus Christ, who rules forever.

7:29 - David responded to God’s gracious promise by praising Him for fulfilling His pledge and giving Him all the glory. David understood that by praying according to the Lord‘s promise, he aligned himself with His will. We can and should do the same.

8:6 - As the Lord preserved David wherever he went, so he can protect us wherever we go. If we make the Lord our delight and obey Him as David did, then He will bless us and give us success, just as He did for David.

9:7 - Mephibosheth had every reason to believe that King David wanted to kill him. As the grandson of Saul who had persecuted David—it was the new king’s right to dispose of him. Yet when Mephibosheth finally met the kind king face to face, he found just the opposite to be true. David remembered the promise he had made to Jonathan (1 Sam. 20:14-17) and worked hard to honor it. He remembered with gratitude his friend’s help and responded with generosity toward Jonathan’s child.

10:12 - When we face some major challenge we can do no better than to find courage in God and ask Him to “do what is good in His sight”. The Lord loves to honor those who had honoured Him. (1 Sam 2:30).

11:2 - David did not sin by catching a glimpse of a bathing beauty. He sinned when he failed to take his eyes off her. Without his thoughts fixed on the Lord, his imagination took over— wondering what an experience with her would be like. It begins with a thought, moving quickly through your imagination, to identification, to uncontrollable desire, and finally to consent (James 1:15). It did not take long for David’s feet to take him where his mind had already gone.

11:11 - Uriah showed far more concern and respect for the Lord and His people than David did. Although David was a godly man who loved God, he stumbled badly—just as we can. We can never afford to forget Jesus’ words. “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation “(Matt. 27:41). Just when we think we can do no wrong, we can fall prey to Satan’s lies.

11:25 - Unconfessed sin has a way of making us callous toward the value of human life. It deadens the spirit and distances us from God. Without confession and repentance, we descend ever further into the prison of sin.
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Clara Radhakrishna



God’s Covenant with David

King David was settled in his palace, and the LORD kept him safe from all his enemies.

Then the king said to the prophet Nathan, Here I am living in a house built of cedar, but God's Covenant Box is kept in a tent!

But that night the LORD said to Nathan,

*Go and tell my servant David that I say to him, 'You are not the one to build a temple for me to live in.

I never asked any of the leaders that I appointed why they had not built me a temple made of cedar. '

I will make one of your sons king and will keep his kingdom strong.

*He will be the one to build a temple for me, and I will make sure that his dynasty continues forever.

I will make your kingdom last forever. Your dynasty will never end. '

Nathan told David everything that God had revealed to him.

David’s Thanksgiving to God
Then King David went into the Tent of the LORD's presence, sat down and prayed, *Sovereign LORD, I am not worthy of what you have already done for me, nor is my family.

How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is none like you; we have always known that you alone are God.

You, Sovereign LORD, have promised this, and your blessing will rest on my descendants forever. *

⏳ David’s Further Conquests
⏳ David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
⏳ The Ammonites and Syrians Defeated
⏳ David, Bathsheba, and Uriah

The following spring, at the time of the year when kings usually go to war, But David himself stayed in Jerusalem.

One day, late in the afternoon, David got up from his nap and went to the palace roof. As he walked around up there, he saw a woman taking a bath in her house. She was very beautiful.

So he sent a messenger to find out who she was, and learned that she was Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.

David sent messengers to get her; they brought her to him and he made love to her.

Afterward she discovered that she was pregnant and sent a message to David to tell him.

He wrote: **Put Uriah in the front line, where the fighting is heaviest, then retreat and let him be killed.

When Bathsheba heard that her husband had been killed, she mourned for him.

When the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to the palace; she became his wife and bore him a son. But the LORD was not pleased with what David had done.

I AM THE HOLY
So be holy ⏳⚖
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"All glory and honour belongs to God alone"

 Sudhir



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