Yesterday we celebrated valentines day – there was “love” in the air Certain individuals were pursuing each other – wanting to impress and leave a lasting impression In light of that – what have you been pursuing Whose heart have you been after?
1Sa 13:1 Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years overIsrael,2 Saul chose for himself three thousand men of Israel. Two thousandwere with Saul in Michmash and in the mountains of Bethel, and athousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin. The rest of thepeople he sent away, every man to his tent.3 And Jonathan attacked thegarrison of the Philistines that was in Geba, and the Philistines heard of it.Then Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land, saying, "Let theHebrews hear!"4 Now all Israel heard it said that Saul had attacked agarrison of the Philistines, and that Israel had also become anabomination to the Philistines. And the people were called together toSaul at Gilgal.
5 Then the Philistines gathered together to fight with Israel, thirty thousandchariots and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is onthe seashore in multitude. And they came up and encamped inMichmash, to the east of Beth Aven.6 When the men of Israel saw thatthey were in danger (for the people were distressed), then the people hidin caves, in thickets, in rocks, in holes, and in pits.7 And some of theHebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As forSaul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling.8Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. ButSamuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
1Sa 10:8 "You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I willcome down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices ofpeace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and showyou what you should do.“
1 Samuel 13: 9 So Saul said, "Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here tome." And he offered the burnt offering.10 Now it happened, as soon as he hadfinished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out tomeet him, that he might greet him.11 And Samuel said, "What have you done?"And Saul said, "When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that youdid not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered togetherat Michmash,12 "then I said, The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal,and I have not made supplication to the LORD. Therefore I felt compelled, andoffered a burnt offering."13 And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. Youhave not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commandedyou. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.14"But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a manafter His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over Hispeople, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you."
1. Saul’s predicamentSaul found himself under pressure to deliver and that exposed his realcharacter – pressure reveals your true colours. His behaviour was driven by peer pressure – the need to be seen as being in control, the need to fit in1 Samuel 13:7 And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land ofGad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followedhim trembling › People expected the King to do something about the situation › He was not prepared to be seen as being week and out of control › He had an image to maintain and a name to protect
He was impatient – the seventh day had not even finished1 Samuel 13: 8 Then he waited seven days, according to the time set bySamuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scatteredfrom him. This means – › Unable to wait patiently or tolerate delay; restless. › Unable to endure irritation or opposition; intolerant: › Expressing or produced by impatience: › Restively eager or desirous; anxious In the presence of impatience, there is no room to give God a chance to speak – it becomes your show Faith is nullified by impatience
He wanted victory at all costs – this led to disobedience1 Samuel 13: 9 So Saul said, "Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here tome." And he offered the burnt offering.10 Now it happened, as soon as hehad finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul wentout to meet him, that he might greet him.11 And Samuel said, "What have youdone?“1Sa 10:8 "You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will comedown to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peaceofferings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show youwhat you should do."
He wanted victory at all costs – this led to disobedience › The attitude of “It does not matter how I get there as long as I get there” › The end justifies the means › The word starts playing second fiddle – the word becomes irrelevant if it does not agree with the winning plan › One becomes egocentric (self-centred) in approach instead of being God centred.
He was unrepentant – he chose to blame Samuel1 Samuel 13: 11 And Samuel said, "What have you done?" And Saul said, "When I sawthat the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the daysappointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash,12 "then I said, ThePhilistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to theLORD › In the midst of correction, Saul didn’t concede to his folly › Being unrepentant is present in the midst of self-justification › Pride and lack of repentance are usually found one next to the other
All the above led to Saul being rejected by God, hence the famousscripture:13 And Samuel said to Saul, "You have done foolishly. You have not kept thecommandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For nowthe LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.14 "Butnow your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a manafter His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commanderover His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commandedyou."
With the rejection of Saul – “God sought himself a man after His own” What does it mean to be a person after God’s own heart? What was the difference between Saul and David. Can you say you are a man (spirit) after God’s heart
High dependency on God1Ch 14:8 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointedking over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. AndDavid heard of it and went out against them.10 And David inquired ofGod, saying, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them intomy hand?" And the LORD said to him, "Go up, for I will deliver them intoyour hand."11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeatedthem there. Then David said, "God has broken through my enemies by myhand like a breakthrough of water." Therefore they called the name ofthat place 12 And when they left their gods there, David gave acommandment, and they were burned with fire.13 Then the Philistinesonce again made a raid on the valley.14 Therefore David inquired againof God, and God said to him, "You shall not go up after them; circlearound them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees.15 "Andit shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberrytrees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you tostrike the camp of the Philistines."16 So David did as God commandedhim, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far asGezer.17 Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the LORDbrought the fear of him upon all nations.
High dependency on God › David depended entirely on God’s guidance – he had the spirit of an enquirer › He Didn’t think he was adequate by himself – he didn’t think being anointed as king was a key to victory.2Co 3:4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God.5 Not that we are sufficientof ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God,6 ¶ who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but ofthe Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. › He was driven and motivated by what was on God’s heart and not on people’s hearts.
Humble at heart - Feared God › He had the opportunity to kill Saul but did not. 1 Samuel 24:1-12 at the cave of En-gedi He would not touch Gods annointed. › He had respect for Gods authority. He trusted God to make a way to the throne of Israel. His lament over Saul and Jonathan. II Samuel 1:7-27
A life of worship2Sa 6:12 ¶ Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went andbrought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David withgladness. 13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces,that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.14 Then David danced before the LORD withall his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.15 So David and all the house ofIsrael brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.16Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Sauls daughter, lookedthrough a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and shedespised him in her heart.17 So they brought the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place inthe midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burntofferings and peace offerings before the LORD.18 And when David had finished offeringburnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD ofhosts
A life of worship19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, boththe women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake ofraisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.20 ¶ Then David returned tobless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, andsaid, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes ofthe maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"21 SoDavid said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father andall his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I willplay music before the LORD.22 "And I will be even more undignified than this, and willbe humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, bythem I will be held in honor."23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children tothe day of her death.
A life of worship › David led by example in worshipping God › Worship was his lifestyle – see the book of psalms › His worship was as a response to the goodness of God in his life › He was more interested in God’s approval than men’s approval › By worshipping God in this manner, he kept his attitude in check“God is looking for those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth”
Repentant life › David was not an angel; he was a man riddled with weaknesses like you and me – what was difference; › His sin with Bathsheba David is guilty of adultery.2Sa 11:1 ¶ It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle,that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed thepeople of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.2 Then ithappened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of thekings house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was verybeautiful to behold.3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said,"Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"4 Then Davidsent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she wascleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.5 And the womanconceived; so she sent and told David, and said, "I am with child."
Repentant life › His sin with Bathsheba He committed murder.2Sa 11:14 ¶ In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab andsent it by the hand of Uriah.15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, "Set Uriah inthe forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struckdown and die."16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assignedUriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men.17 Then the men ofthe city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of theservants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
Repentant life › Davids repentance.2Sa 12:13 So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan saidto David, "The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. › Psalm 51 › Even though he had sinned grievously David was still able to humble himself before God in repentance. › He valued his relationship with God – he was not prepared to trade it for anything else › His repentance was public and was accompanied with remorse – he did not seek for self justification › He chose to carry agony that was on God’s heart – when we sin God agonises inside
Prioritized the house of God1Ch 29:1 Furthermore King David said to all the assembly: "My son Solomon, whomalone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced; and the work is great,because the temple is not for man but for the LORD God.2 "Now for the house ofmy God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold,silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood forthings of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, allkinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance.3 "Moreover, because Ihave set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of myGod, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own specialtreasure of gold and silver:4 "three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir,and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses;5"the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of workto be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himselfthis day to the LORD?"6 Then the leaders of the fathers houses, leaders of the tribesof Israel, the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the officers over thekings work, offered willingly.
Prioritized the house of God › Though David was not allowed to build the temple, he was committed to the glory of the temple › He gave of himself by being generous with his wealth › This was going to be dwelling place of God for the Hebrew nation › After he had indicated his generosity, he then asked everyone else to do the same
AFTER MY OWN AFTER HIS OWNDriven by peer pressure High dependency on GodImpatient Humble at heartVictory/progress at all costs A life of worshipUnrepentant repentant Prioritized the house of God
EVENT DATE1 AFTER HIS OWN HEART 15 FEB 20132 UNDERSTANDING THE FATHER HEART OF GOD 15 MAR 20133 CAMP 19 – 21 APR 20134 FOLLOW UP ON CAMP 17 MAY 20135 HEARING THE VOICE & KNOWING THE WILL 21 JUN 2013 OF GOD (prt 1)6 HEARING THE VOICE & KNOWING THE WILL 19 JUL 2013 OF GOD (prt 2)7 NEXT/GLOW EVENT 16 AUG 20138 WORSHIP LOOKS GOOD ON YOU 20 SEP 20139 BOUNDARIES (prt 1) 18 OCT 201310 BOUNDARIES (prt 2) 15 NOV 201311 YEAR END FUNCTION 06 DEC 2013