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GOING AFTER GOD
Intro: When we last left
David, he was secure in his position as King of Israel. The nation had gathered themselves around him
and anointed him to be their king. While
David was certainly grateful for the peace that existed in
do this, David knew that he was going to have to lead the nation to go after
God. Our passage opens with David
leading a massive army to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the house of a
man named Abinadab. David knew that
this point, a little history regarding the
see, way back in the days of Eli, some 75 years earlier, the Ark had been taken
by the Philistines, 1 Sam. 4:11. However, the God punished the Philistines all
the time the
do not have an
David Possessed A Holy Desire
Davids desire is clear and simple. He
David Possessed An Honest
Desire David was motivated by no ulterior motives. He was not after glory or power; David merely
wanted to see God restored to His proper place as the Sovereign God of the
David Possessed A Humble
Desire David knew that neither he nor
(Note: Let me just say that we need hearts like that which David
possessed. We need a heart that beats
for God, His power and His presence. We
need to learn the lesson that we can do nothing without God,
II. v. 3-10 THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF DAVID’S HEART
v. 3 Created By A Faulty Decision The Bible says that they set
Another flaw that mars David’s decision is the fact that he did not seek God before he made it. Up to this moment, David has always gone to the Lord for guidance and direction. Time and time again, David asks the Lord for help. Here, he does not seek the Lord, but he just assumes that God will bless him because he is doing a good thing.
problem David has is that his methods were the same methods that had been used
by the world. When the Philistines had
v. 4-7 Caused By A Foolish Disobedience For the first two miles
of their journey, then the oxen shook the cart and threatened to dump the
(Note: If these verses teach us anything, they teach us that God is very interested in the details. We may think that God does not care about the little things in life; but He does! When God gives a command, He expects it to be followed to the letter. A heart that is after God does what God says to do, and it stops doing what God says not to do.
In the Bible, there are precepts and there are principles. A precept is to be obeyed, there is no wiggle room. When God posts a 55 mile per hour speed limit, He will not accept 75; 60 or even 56. He expects absolute obedience. Regardless of the time or the circumstances, the speed limit is 55 MPH. That is a precept. His precepts are to be followed, to the letter, without question.
If God posts a sign that says “Watch for Children,” that sign is a principle. It will need to be observed more closely in a crowded neighborhood than it will on a deserted country road. In other words, a principle is to be applied with wisdom. A heart that is going after God will desire to honor both God’s precepts and His principles. God is intensely interested in the little things of life; even the things that you may not think matter at all.
Does God’s reaction seem harsh to you? After all, Uzzah was merely trying to do a good thing. But, that is the price for disobedience and for violating the holiness of God. God honors obedience and He will judge disobedience!
Some other truths that we should take note of here are the following:
blessings come only through obedience and those who defy His Word and His will are
going pay a terribly high price. The
best thing a child of God can do is align themselves with the Word of God and
walk in humble obedience,
· Failing to seek God’s will is just as dangerous as ignoring what He has already told you to do. His children should always pray before they make a move, Matt. 6:33.
· Trying to carry out God’s business using the methods of the world is a recipe for disaster. We have no business trying to carry the church on the new carts of the world’s wisdom. It is to be carried on the shoulders and in the hearts of the people of God!
· Like Uzzah, we are often guilty of reaching out with our hands instead of reaching up with our hearts. We are guilty of trying to do spiritual work in the power of the flesh. We attempt to do the work of God with our hands and never really get under the burden. That will never work and God will not bless it, Jer. 29:13!
v. 8-10 Culminated In A Fleshly Display David became angry. Possibly he was angry with the Lord; more
likely he was angry with himself and his own foolishness. But, instead of repenting and doing things
the Lord’s way, David chose instead to forget the whole business. He dismissed the people and left the
(Note: We should not be surprised when God refuses to bless us when we leave the reservation. When we seek to do His business our way, He will not bless it. When we employ worldly methods in an attempt to do His work, He will not bless it. When we fail to seek His will, He will not bless us. When we operate in the power and energy of the flesh, He will not bless us. When we refuse to obey His precepts and principles, He will not bless us.
If you want to be disappointed in your walk with Jesus as an individual or as a church, just do everything your way, and watch Him refuse to honor it. Watch Him send judgment instead. If you want His blessings, then do His business His way and He will honor it and bring glory to Himself through it.)
III. v. 11-19 THE DEVOTION OF DAVID’S HEART
v. 11-12 Manifested In A Change In David’s Attitude David had forgotten
the reasons why he went after the
v. 13 Manifested In A Change In David’s Approach Apparently,
during the three months that passed between the death of Uzzah and Davids
decision to go get the Ark, he had been doing his homework. Either someone told David how the
v. 14-19 Manifested In A Change In David’s Actions It seems that
David has given up music, v. 5, and
has taken up dancing, v. 14. He has also laid the robes of his sovereignty
and put on the humble ephod of a seeker.
He has laid aside his pouts and replaced them with shouts. David’s heart
has been transformed and he is getting what went after. He went after God and he is returning with
presence and power of God. David’s life,
and the nation of
(Note: What are the lessons for us here? They are simple! The believer who goes after God with a heart to know Him; and who seeks His face according to His revealed will; is going to receive that which he is after. When we stop trying to get on us through fleshly means and through worldly shortcuts; and we go after Him by honoring His Word and respecting His holiness, He will bless us with His presence and His power for His glory! Doing things God’s way will put a shout in your heart, a song on your lips and glory in your soul. When we line up with Him and go after God with all our hearts, we will be changed forever! We must learn the truth that there are no shortcuts to holiness and obedience.
see, walking in obedience to the Lord and His precepts and principles will set
Conc: David went after God the wrong way and he paid a high price for his disobedience. However, when he started doing things God’s way, his life was revolutionized. He was after God, and God’s presence and power, and he got it all when he did it God’s way.
What about you? Are you seeking God and His power and presence in your life? Are you seeking Him His way? Are you walking in obedience to His precepts and principles? If you have been hitting brick walls in your quest for God; let David’s example set you on the right path. Go after God with all you have, but be sure that you go after Him His way.