Devoted Heart - Skillful Hands
October 2, 2016
From obscure shepherd to esteemed king, David was just as human as the rest of us. His faith in the Lord brought him through mountaintop highs and cave dwelling lows, yet God was present in every moment, shaping and refining David for His glory. David’s life didn’t always look like a triumphant victory over Goliath; his treachery with the murder of Uriah and adultery with Bathsheba brings to light a deep reality—that though we are redeemed by Christ’s blood, believers are a broken people who will wrestle with sin until we are glorified. But God is in the business of using sinners in his redemptive story and through the lineage of David, a Baby is born… a Savior. Join us as we walk through the life of a man of God, David.
Matt Williams • October 1, 2016 • David
David’s life shows us that God uses the unexpected and the unlikely. Choosing broken people like David to participate in His plan makes His great power known. David’s life is one of tension as the Bible describes him with a heart of integrity and skillful hands, yet his life is also one of murder, adultery, and lies. The tension in David’s life is used by God to point us in the direction of His faithfulness; God does not choose a stereotypical future king, but instead chooses David, working in the field and the youngest of his brothers, to serve and lead. God is in the business of taking fragile people and using them for His glory. David’s story paints a picture of how God shapes people for His plan.
David & Goliath
Matt Williams • October 8, 2016 • David
We will all face battles in our lives, but how we approach each battle reflects what we believe about God. Do we believe that God is sovereign and fully engaged in our circumstances, no matter what the outcome is? In 1 Samuel 17, David faces a seemingly impossible situation, but he approaches the battle with unwavering trust in the living, sovereign God to carry out His plans for His glory. David identifies what God is doing and comes underneath His plans instead pulling God into his own personal agenda. We are called to trust that God has prepared us for whatever battles we are up against, knowing that we have the living, sovereign God on our side.
David & Jonathan
Bill White • October 15, 2016 • David
Jonathan is so committed to being a part of what God is doing that he willingly sacrifices his kingdom, his relationship with his father, and his relationship with his closest friend, David. Jonathan’s actions are motivated by his desire to align himself with God, even when it means humbling himself and giving up his path to the throne. God calls us to relationships based on this commitment to self-sacrifice and the elevation of His mission. We must choose daily to put aside our selfish desires and seek God’s plan above our own.
David & Saul
Matt Williams • October 22, 2016 • David
While the encounter between David and Goliath is a demonstration of David’s faith, the encounter between David and Saul in the cave shows David’s deep desire to follow God’s plan. When Saul enters the very cave that David and his men are using to hide from Saul and his army, David is conflicted with the seemingly opportune moment to kill his enemy. We see that David’s heart is set on God when, instead of taking the “opportunity” to kill Saul, he instead cuts off a piece of Saul’s robe and withstands the test from God. Although David gives into his own desires in this small way, he is troubled about having given in at all. David chooses to trust in God’s plan and the fact that God had anointed Saul as king rather than accelerate his own kingdom by taking matters into his own hands. David puts God at the center of the situation, trusts Him with the ultimate justice and vengeance of Saul, and is able to forgive his enemy without repentance from him or reconciliation.
David & Abigail
Bill White • October 29, 2016 • David
In 1 Samuel 25, we read a story of David, who acts in humility and weakness; Abigail, who acts in humility and strength; and Nabal, who acts in foolishness. Abigail, caught between a fool and a weak man, lives out her Ezer calling. She provides strength and protection for both the weak man and the fool, and supplies shade under which they find respite. And in the midst of a weak moment for David, Abigail offers him the opportunity to redirect and repent.
David & The Ark of the Covenant
Chris Curtis • November 5, 2016 • David
The Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence with His people, but it was in a foreign land and absent during Saul’s reign. As David becomes king, he recognizes God’s rightful place as King of Israel and desires to bring the Ark into Jerusalem, the new capital. In David’s first attempt, he failed to bring the Ark based on God’s instructions and terms, which ended in the death of Uzzah. In his second attempt, however, he brought back the Ark on God’s terms, which ended in celebration and worship. God asks us to come underneath His terms, without negotiation or manipulation, and to fully obey Him in the small moments and the big decisions.
David & God's Faithfulness
Matt Williams • November 12, 2016 • David
Once David is made King of Israel, God reveals the sovereign movement and direction taking place over David’s life. As he recognizes the piece he is playing in God’s redemptive plan, David is driven to humility and worship. He is shocked by the weight of God’s mercy and the faithfulness He promises for David’s throne. David’s life is much bigger than a season of kingship; he is instead the beginning of a throne that will reign forever through Jesus Christ.
David & Bathsheba
Matt Williams • November 19, 2016 • David
In 2 Samuel 11, we find David at the peak of his power. His army is going to battle, and instead of engaging in work and going with them, he stays behind in idleness. This decision, and the choices that follow, create space and vulnerability for David to engage in a sinful pattern of behavior. Because of our sin nature and the corrupt world in which we live, we have to allow community to be involved in our decision-making. Through this narrative, we are able to see the importance of biblical community and how our sinful decisions can lead us to a calloused heart.
David & Nathan
Daniel Moore - Pelham • November 26, 2016 • David
God sends Nathan to speak truth into David’s life and cast light on the darkness of David’s hidden sin. Nathan risks his life to confront King David’s sin, knowing that obeying the one true King is more important than his own fears or desires. Nathan’s boldness encourages us to humbly confront those in our community with their sin, while David’s confession and repentance shows us God’s mercy in dealing with our sin.