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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH
“ANOINTED BY GOD, HOUNDED BY MAN”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 56:13
hast delivered my soul from death:
deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk
before God in the light of the living?
Lehman Strauss “In God’s Waiting Room,”
There is a very dangerous misconception going
around; “If you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior
everything will go smoothly for you.”
Throughout the Bible we find many who went through
times of difficulties: Joseph – Job - Paul
What makes us think we are any different?
The life of David is a prime example how even though
we may be a child of God that does not exempt us
from facing hardships.
I. DAVID A
MAN CHOSEN BY GOD
said, Arise, anoint him: for this
he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed
him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of
came upon David from that day forward.
A MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
Acts 13:22 (KJV)
And when he
had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be
their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and
said, I have found David the
of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall
fulfil all my will.
ANOINTED BY GOD
I have found
David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed
DAVID’S GREAT VICTORY LED TO HIS TROUBLES
1 Samuel 17:50a
prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with
a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him;
1 Samuel 18:5
David went out whithersoever Saul sent him,
and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war,
and he was accepted in the sight of all the people,
and also in the sight of Saul's servants.
1 Samuel 18:7-8
And the women
one another as they played, and said, Saul
hath slain his thousands, and David his ten
thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying
displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto
David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed
but thousands: and what
can he have more but the kingdom?
II. SAUL’S JEALOUSY TURNS TO HATRED
SAUL SOUGHT TO KILL DAVID:
I Samuel 18:21, 25, I Samuel 19:10, 11
SAUL BECOMES DAVID ENEMY
1 Samuel 18:29
And Saul was
yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became
David's enemy continually.
SAUL ORDERS DAVID’S DEATH
1 Samuel 19:1
And Saul spake
to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that
they should kill David.
Saul tried to kill his son, Jonathan.
1 Samuel 20:32-33
answered Saul his father, and said unto him,
Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done? And
Saul cast a javelin at him to smite him: whereby
Jonathan knew that it was determined of his father
to slay David.
III. DAVID ON THE RUN, HOUNDED BY MAN
DAVID FLEES TO NOB
I SAMUEL 21
The priest did not know David was fleeing from Saul
David seek shelter in Gath a Philistine city
1 Samuel 21:10
arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went
to Achish the king of Gath.
Saul has Ahimeleck the priest and the entire city of
1 Samuel 22:18-19
And the king
said to Doeg, Turn thou, and fall upon the priests.
And Doeg the Edomite turned, and he fell upon the
priests, and slew on that day fourscore and five
persons that did wear a linen ephod. And Nob, the
city of the priests, smote he with the edge of the
sword, both men and women, children and sucklings,
and oxen, and asses, and sheep, with the edge of the
DAVID SENT BY GOD TO DELIVER KEILAH
1 Samuel 23:2-4
David enquired of the
saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And
said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and
save Keilah. And David's men said unto him, Behold,
we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we
come to Keilah against the armies of the
Philistines? Then David enquired of the
yet again. And the
answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for
I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.
KEILAH AGREES TO TURN DAVID OVER TO SAUL
1 Samuel 23:12
David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men
into the hand of Saul? And the
LORD said, They will deliver
DAVID SPARES SAUL’S LIFE
1 Samuel 24:5-6
And it came to
pass afterward, that David's heart smote him,
because he had cut off Saul's skirt. And he said
unto his men, The
forbid that I should do this thing unto my master,
anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him,
is the anointed of the
DAVID PROMISES NOT TO WIPE OUT SAUL FAMILY WHEN HE
WOULD BECOME KING.
1 Samuel 24:21-22
therefore unto me by the
that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and
that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my
father's house. And David sware unto Saul. And Saul
went home; but David and his men gat them up unto
DAVID ONCE AGAIN REFUSES TO KILL SAUL
1 Samuel 26:9-11
And David said
to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch
forth his hand against the
anointed, and be guiltless? David said furthermore,
As the LORD liveth,
shall smite him; or his day shall come to die; or he
shall descend into battle, and perish. The
forbid that I should stretch forth mine hand against
anointed: but, I pray thee, take thou now the spear
at his bolster, and the cruse of water, and let us
IV, DAVID’S PUT HIS TRUST IN GOD: PSALM 13
Confess your despair and inter most feelings to God
Psalm 13:1-2 (KJV)
wilt thou forget me, O
for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
shall I take counsel in my soul,
sorrow in my heart daily?
shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Cry out to God for His light of understanding and
Psalm 13:3-4 Consider
and hear me, O LORD
my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the
sleep of death; Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against
those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
Declare your trust in God
But I have
trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy
salvation. I will sing unto the
LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
For thou hast
delivered my soul from death:
not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in
the light of the living?
Dr. Lehman Strauss; “In God’s Waiting Room”
American pastor, Bible teacher, and author Lehman
Strauss and his wife, Elsie, had just celebrated
their fiftieth wedding anniversary when Elsie
suffered a massive, disabling stroke. Nine months
later, after little improvement, Dr. Strauss began
writing “In God’s Waiting Room,” a book that
relates what God was teaching him through this
severe trial. Dr. Strauss shares,
have been teaching the Bible and preaching sermons
and writing books for forty-five years….But trial
and tribulation are now my constant companions.
Truths that I once knew intellectually and
academically, I am now learning experientially.
There is a great difference….
have been in God’s waiting room since my wife had
her stroke….Elsie remains paralyzed, and she needs
my love and care twenty-four hours every day….this
business of waiting is one tough assignment….At
times I have found it hard to wait. I get in a
hurry, and God seems so slow.
Centuries earlier, David found himself in God’s
waiting room as he penned the thirteenth psalm. Most
commentators speculate that this psalm was written
during the time that David was being pursued by King
Saul. Many do not realize just how long this period
was. Scholars estimate that David was on the run for
seven to twelve years. Not seven to twelve days, weeks, or even
months, but seven to twelve years! We can hardly
imagine being under so much stress for such a long
period of time! Therefore, we can easily understand
why, in exhaustion and frustration, David asked the
Lord four times, “How long…?”
From time to time in life, we find ourselves in the
midst of a prolonged season of trial.
“Tribulation worketh patience” (Ro. 5:3),
and this work takes time.
means endurance, and endurance does not come
quickly. It is a long, hard, and often lonely
process. No doubt, at times, we all find ourselves
asking God, “How long…?”
What are we to do when a trial drags on and we are
consumed with knowing when something is going
to happen? We are to turn to God, for He, in His
immeasurable love for us, has taught us how to
endure time in His waiting room in this thirteenth
psalm. This is, How to Overcome Despair,
“GOD FULFILLS HIS PROMISES”
SCRIPTURE READING: 2 SAMUEL 2:1-7
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 1:6
confident of this very thing, that he which hath
begun a good work in you will perform
it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Have you ever had a promise made to you that you
really counted on only to have it not kept?
Broken promises are often very painful
Even God given visions can fade over a period of
Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB)
things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly,
steadily, surely, the time approaches when the
vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not
despair, for these things will surely come to pass.
Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single
37:5-11 It was over 13 years before his dreams
Are you claiming a promise of God that has not yet
Trust in the
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
I. DAVID’S DILEMMA
Samuel had anointed him king many years ago but for
the past seven – twelve years he had been running
for his life.
David began to doubt God’s promise
1 Samuel 27:1 (KJV)
And David said
in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand
there is nothing better for me than that I
should speedily escape into the land of the
Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek
me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I
escape out of his hand.
He sought his own solution instead of trusting God
When we doubt God’s promises we turn to the world
When we turn to the world to solve our problems it
leads us into trouble.
Thus saith the
LORD; Cursed be
the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his
arm, and whose heart departeth from the
His giving into doubt and unbelief led him to
deception and lies.
David was backed into a corner when the Philistines
went to war against Israel
1 Samuel 28:1-2 (GW)
At that time
the Philistines had gathered their army to fight
against Israel. Then Achish said to David, “You need
to know that you and your men will be going with me
into battle.” “Very well,” David responded to
Achish, “you will then know what I can do.” “Very
well,” Achish told David, “I will make you my
bodyguard for life.”
II. SAUL’S DILEMMA
Samuel was dead and God did not respond to Saul’s
hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither
his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your
iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid
face from you, that he will not hear.
Saul’s sins finally took their toll on him
When we continue in our sin, without true
repentance, there will come a time when our sin will
Saul sought the guidance of a witch.
He is told of his death
1 Samuel 28:19
will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of
the Philistines: and tomorrow
thou and thy sons
with me: the
LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel
into the hand of the Philistines.
III. GOD FULFILLS HIS PROMISE
Being confident of this very thing, that he which
hath begun a good work in you will perform
until the day of Jesus Christ:
Remember, in spite of his predicament, David was
chosen by God, was a man after God’s own heart and
was anointed to be King of Israel.
He was on the verge of fighting against Israel
How was David going to get out of this mess?
2 Peter 2:9
So you see,
the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their
trials, even while keeping the wicked under
punishment until the day of final judgment.
A. THE PHILISTINES REJECTED DAVID’S HELP
Why did they dismiss David instead of killing him?
B. GOD USED ZIKLAG TO RESTORE DAVID FAITH
I Samuel 30
The Amalekites had attacked Ziklag
All of David and his men’s family had been taken
1 Samuel 30:6 (NLT)
David was now
in great danger because all his men were very bitter
about losing their sons and daughters, and they
began to talk of stoning him. But David found
strength in the
LORD his God.
David put his trust in the Lord
1 Samuel 30:8
enquired at the
saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I
overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou
shalt surely overtake
and without fail recover
God restored everything to David and his men
1 Samuel 30:18-19 And
David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried
away: and David rescued his two wives. And there was
nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great,
neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any
that they had taken to them: David recovered all.
C. SAUL IS KILLED IN BATTLE
1 Samuel 31:3-6
And the battle
went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and
he was sore wounded of the archers. Then said Saul
unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me
through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and
thrust me through, and abuse me. But his
armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid.
Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. And
when his armourbearer saw that Saul was dead, he
fell likewise upon his sword, and died with him. So
Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer,
and all his men, that same day together.
D. DAVID IS ANOINTED KING OVER JUDAH
2 Samuel 2:4a
And the men of
Judah came, and there they anointed David king over
the house of Judah.
Even though we may go through times of doubt, fear
and unbelief, God will deliver us when we turn to
“DANCING BEFORE THE LORD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Samuel 6:14
danced before the
his might; and David
girded with a linen ephod.
What is your greatest desire, what is your greatest
For each of us it may seem different
A better job
Better family relationship
The truth is that we are all in the need of the same
thing: A closer relationship with God.
Remember, David was a man after God own heart.
He longed for the presence of God
When we dwell in the presence of God there are no
needs that are not met.
Philippians 4:19 (GW)
My God will
richly fill your every need in a glorious way
through Christ Jesus.
Too often we are like King Saul who failed to long
for the presence of God.
For the past sixty-plus years there seemed to be no
concern about the absence of the Ark
There seems to be a lack of concern for the moving
of God’s spirit in many churches and the hearts of
God dwelt above the Mercy Seat in the Ark of the
David longed to bring the Ark into Jerusalem
I. THE DANGER OF DOING THE RIGHT THING IN THE WRONG
David sought the presence of the Lord but he sought
it in the wrong way.
2 Samuel 6:3
And they set
the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out
of the house of Abinadab that
was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave
the new cart.
David sought to bring the Ark the same way the
Philistines sent the Ark back to Israel
There is a right way and a wrong way to worship God
God had given instructions on how they were to move
Numbers 7:9 (NLT)
But he gave
none of the wagons or oxen to the Kohathite
division, since they were required to carry the
sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders.
Our worship must be holy, clean, and free from any
Give unto the
LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the
the beauty of holiness.
God will not accept worship that is done from a
If I regard
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear
Remember Cain’s offering
Genesis 4:3-7 (NIV)
In the course
of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil
as an offering to the
But Abel brought fat portions from some of the
firstborn of his flock. The
looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on
Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So
Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then
said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face
downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be
accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is
crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but
you must master it."
It’s like coming to the table with dirty hands
God is a Holy God and He demands holy worship
II. DAVID BROUGHT THE ARK ACCORDING TO GOD’S
1 Chronicles 15:2
said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the
Levites: for them hath the
chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto
When we feel that something is hindering our worship
we need to seek God and find out what’s wrong
1 Chronicles 15:13 (NLT)
Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the
anger of the
LORD our God burst out against us. We failed
to ask God how to move it properly.”
There are three ways we are to approach God in
We are to worship God in the spirit of reverence and
We are to approach God according to His Word.
We must worship God in the spirit of love and
Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV)
Make a joyful
noise unto the
LORD, all ye lands. Serve the
with gladness: come before his presence with
singing. Know ye that the
God: it is
he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his
gates with thanksgiving,
into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and bless his name. For the
is good; his mercy
everlasting; and his truth
to all generations.
Dance before the Lord with all his might
2 Samuel 6:14
danced before the
his might; and David
girded with a linen ephod.
David’s worship was not half-hearted
Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
in spirit and in truth.
Compare our worship towards God and our worship
towards the Seahawks
What’s wrong is getting all excited about Jesus?
III. MICHAL DESPISED DAVID’S WORSHIP
2 Samuel 6:16 (KJV)
And as the ark
of the LORD
came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter
looked through a window, and saw king David leaping
and dancing before the
and she despised him in her heart.
She accused David of making a spectacle of himself.
She was outside the presence of the Ark and just
There are many people who despise our worship of God
because they are not living in the presence of God.
God smote her with barrenness
Those who fail to worship God or despised those that
do will never experience God’s blessings on their
Let us worship the Lord the same way we love the
answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy
neighbour as thyself.
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