070225 David Of Clutches And Crutches 1 Samuel 19 20 42 Dale Wells


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A sermon on 1 Samuel 19:20-42 delivered at Palm Desert Church of Christ by Dale Wells on February 25, 2007.

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  • 070225 David Of Clutches And Crutches 1 Samuel 19 20 42 Dale Wells

    1. 1. David: Shaping a Godly Heart “ Clutches and Crutches” 1 Samuel 19:8-20:42
    2. 2. <ul><li>One by one, God took them from me – all the things I valued most, </li></ul><ul><li>Till I was empty-handed – every glittering toy was lost. </li></ul><ul><li>I walked the highways grieving in my rags and poverty, </li></ul><ul><li>Until I heard his voice inviting: “Lift those empty hands to me.” </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>I turned my hands toward heaven, and he filled them with the store, </li></ul><ul><li>Of his own transcendent riches, until they could contain no more. </li></ul><ul><li>And at last I comprehended, with my stupid mind and dull, </li></ul><ul><li>That God cannot pour his riches into hands already full. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Before God can make a man, he must sometimes break him <ul><li>The purpose is not to shatter, but to shape him </li></ul><ul><li>David enters a very thorough shaping program. </li></ul>
    5. 5. In a clutch we reach for a crutch <ul><li>Life has been called a “learning experience” </li></ul><ul><li>It is more accurately a “leaning experience” </li></ul><ul><li>What do you lean on? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wealth? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pills? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most often, we lean on people </li></ul>
    6. 6. James Taylor: <ul><li>“ You just call out my name. and you know wherever I am, I’ll come running to see you again. Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there. You’ve got a friend.” </li></ul>
    7. 7. Simon and Garfunkel: <ul><li>“ When you’re weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eyes, I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side when times get rough. And friends just can’t be found, like a bridge over troubled waters, I will lay me down.” </li></ul>
    8. 8. Bill Withers: <ul><li>“ Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend I’ll help you carry on. For it won’t be long till I’m going to need somebody to lean on. … You just call on me brother, when you need a hand. We all need somebody to lean on. I just might have a problem that you’ll understand. We all need somebody to lean on.” </li></ul>
    9. 9. God made us to lean on people <ul><li>Adam needed a crutch </li></ul><ul><li>God didn’t send him a pill or possessions, but a person </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes we lean on people so much that we can’t walk without them </li></ul>
    10. 10. The problem with crutches: <ul><li>Our vision becomes horizontal, not vertical </li></ul><ul><li>God may take them from us so we’ll learn to lean on him </li></ul><ul><li>God may situate us so we must look to him as a reminder to always look to him </li></ul>
    11. 11. The major drawback to leaning on people: <ul><li>The grave puts an end to it </li></ul><ul><li>Only one relationship is eternal, so … </li></ul><ul><li>God helps us develop that relationship! </li></ul>
    12. 12. David’s victory intensifies Saul’s jealousy <ul><li>1 Samuel 19:8-10 NIV Once more war broke out, and David went out and fought the Philistines. He struck them with such force that they fled before him. (9) But an evil spirit from the LORD came upon Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. </li></ul>
    13. 13. David’s victory intensifies Saul’s jealousy <ul><li>While David was playing the harp, (10) Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape. 1 Samuel 19:8-10 NIV </li></ul><ul><li>Saul’s attempt at murder reminds us of earlier attempts </li></ul>
    14. 14. Plan to plead temporary insanity <ul><li>1 Samuel 18:10-11 </li></ul><ul><li>David playing the harp </li></ul><ul><li>Saul threw a spear at him and missed </li></ul><ul><li>Saul retrieved the spear and tried a second time! </li></ul>
    15. 15. Plan to make David fall in battle <ul><li>1 Samuel 18:12-16 </li></ul><ul><li>Saul gave David military command </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of defeat and death, David won victory after victory! </li></ul><ul><li>Israel loved David – and Saul became more jealous! </li></ul>
    16. 16. Plan to publicly humiliate David <ul><li>1 Samuel 18:17-19 </li></ul><ul><li>Saul promised Merab to David as wife </li></ul><ul><li>Then, he gave her to another </li></ul><ul><li>Implication: David is not good enough to marry into the King’s family! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Making David face overwhelming odds <ul><li>1 Samuel 18:20-30 </li></ul><ul><li>Offered Michal to David as wife </li></ul><ul><li>Bride price to be 100 Philistine foreskins </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Won’t get them without a fight! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>David kills 200 Philistines – twice what was expected! </li></ul>
    18. 18. Coaxing his own son into murder <ul><li>1 Samuel 19:1-7 </li></ul><ul><li>David and Jonathan are best friends </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan intervened with Saul on David’s behalf </li></ul><ul><li>Saul relented – at least for the moment </li></ul>
    19. 19. Now, David can’t trust Saul any more <ul><li>David always solved his own problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He killed the bear, the lion & the giant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Now he could kill Saul and claim self-defense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But he cannot bring himself to kill Saul, the Lord’s anointed! </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. David does something he’s never done before – run! <ul><li>Sometimes, the most faithful approach to a problem is to leave it until God tells you what to do about it </li></ul><ul><li>David will never again appear in Saul’s court </li></ul><ul><li>A man in a clutch looks for a crutch </li></ul>
    21. 21. His first crutch: His wife, Michal <ul><li>1 Samuel 19:11-17 </li></ul><ul><li>Helped him escape </li></ul><ul><li>Lied about it, claiming David threatened her </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Now Saul’s excuse is: “He threatened my daughter!” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A wedge between Michal and David </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Never again in harmony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>She never helps him again </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. Some of you will find out what that is like – You may … <ul><li>Survive your spouse </li></ul><ul><li>Become estranged or divorced </li></ul><ul><li>Have a mate who doesn’t know the Lord </li></ul><ul><li>It’s tough when the crutch of marriage is gone </li></ul>
    23. 23. His second crutch: His mentor, Samuel <ul><li>1 Samuel 19:18-24 </li></ul><ul><li>The one man Saul won’t threaten </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor – older friend who advises and encourages </li></ul><ul><li>Crutches sooner or later disappear </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimately, God protects David </li></ul>
    24. 24. Saul sends three groups and God stops them <ul><li>Saul goes, reasoning: “I’m the last person God’s spirit will go to.” </li></ul><ul><li>He doesn’t understand that when you fight God’s servant, you fight God! </li></ul><ul><li>David leaves for Samuel’s sake and will never see him again </li></ul>
    25. 25. His last crutch: His best friend, Jonathan <ul><li>1 Samuel 20:1-42 </li></ul><ul><li>The last person David could trust </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hard to take problems you deserve </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to take problems you don’t deserve </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In a nutshell: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New moon feast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>David asked to be away </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Saul’s anger tips his hand <ul><li>If I’d tried to kill someone three times, I wouldn’t wonder why he wasn’t at dinner! </li></ul><ul><li>Saul tries to kill Jonathan </li></ul><ul><li>Saul is lousy with a spear (0 for 4)! </li></ul>
    27. 27. Jonathan’s plan: <ul><li>“ Come this way” or </li></ul><ul><li>“ The arrow is beyond you” </li></ul><ul><li>The toughest men in Israel end up crying in each other’s arms </li></ul>
    28. 28. Why did David weep most? <ul><li>As much as Jonathan loved David, he still couldn’t leave his father </li></ul><ul><li>David has lost his last crutch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>His relationship with Jonathan has come to an end </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where Could I Go But To the Lord? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With his life in jeopardy, David took the time to write a song to God </li></ul></ul>
    29. 29. The setting and sentiment of Psalm 59 <ul><li>Setting: “When Saul had sent men to watch David's house in order to kill him.” </li></ul><ul><li>(16) But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. (17) O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. </li></ul>
    30. 30. The task of living demands … <ul><li>Leaning on the Lord </li></ul><ul><li>Looking to the Lord </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from the Lord </li></ul>
    31. 31. You can tell how bad things are by what we lean on … <ul><li>When things are bad, we lean on the doctor </li></ul><ul><li>When they’re worse, we lean on the preacher </li></ul><ul><li>When they’re really hopeless, we lean on God </li></ul>
    32. 32. Since it always comes down to leaning on God, anyway … <ul><li>Why don’t we just start there? </li></ul><ul><li>Could you have written Psalm 59? </li></ul>