Faith That Moves God To Action

FAITH THAT MOVES GOD TO ACTION

REFLECTIONS ON god’s faithfulness in THE LIFE OF DAVID 

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

 INTRODUCTION – EVERY CHILD OF GOD COMES TO A TIME IN HIS / HER LIFE WHEN TROUBLES CRASH OVER US LIKE MIGHTY WAVES OF THE OCEAN WHEN A HURRICANE IS APPROACHING.  WHEN WE MANAGE TO GET THROUGH THE FIRST WAVE A SECOND ROLLS OVER US NEARLY DROWNING US IN ITS SAVAGE ONSLAUGHT.   DAVID MUST HAVE FELT LIKE THAT WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FROM SAUL WITH NO PLACE OF REFUGE.  ONCE HE EVEN TOOK REFUGE AMONG THE PHILISTINES, ISRAELS MORTAL ENEMY.  THIS MORNING I WANT TO LOOK AT THE 18TH PSALM, DAVID WROTE THIS PSALM AFTER GOD HAD GIVEN HIM VICTORY OVER THE PHILISTINES AND AFTER GOD HAD REMOVED SAUL FROM THE SCENE. PAUL ALSO QUOTED VS 49 OF THIS PSALM IN REFERENCE TO CHRIST.  I PERSONALLY BELIEVE THAT THIS PSALM SPEAKS PROPHETICLY OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST AND GOD’S AWESOME INTERVENTION TO DELIVER HIM FROM DEATH, HELL AND THE GRAVE: THIS SAME GOD HAS MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO US. THROUGH HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.

TEXT:  PSALM 18 (ALSO FOUND IN 1SAMUEL 22)

DAVID’S TESTIMONY OF THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD AND THE KIND OF FAITH THAT MOVES GOD TO ACTION

 Psa 18:1 – 3

  • david LEARNED THAT HIS GOD COULD BE TRUSTED
  • HE WAS THERE FOR HIM WHEN HE NEEDED HIM
  • DAVID COMPARED THE LORD TO “A ROCK” AND A FORTRESS
  • Psa 61:2  From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
  •  ALSO CALLS HIM A SHIELD & HORN OF HIS SALVATION
  • OUR GOD IS WORTHY OF PRAISE; HE SAVES US FROM OUR

ENEMIES.  PS 34:19 “MANY ARE THE AFFLICTIONS OF THE RIGHTEOUS…

Psa 18:4 – 6 

  • DAVID DESCRIBES HIS TROUBLES AS: SPIRITUAL WARFARE:
  • IN HIS DISTRESS HE CALLED UPON THE LORD
  • IT BECOMES 2ND NATURE FOR THE CHILD OF GOD TO CRY OUT TO GOD IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES
  • BUT THE UNGODLY HAVE NO ONE TO TURN TO; NO GOD THAT WILL LISTEN TO THEM
  • THE GOD’S OF THIS WORLD HAVE NO EYES, NO EARS, NO POWER TO ACT
  • Psa 18:7 – 17
  • I WANT TO SERVE A GOD LIKE THIS; DON’T YOU? A GOD THAT HEARS my anguished CRY
  • Psa 34:17- 18 THE righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 THE LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
  • I PICTURE GOD THUNDERING FROM HEAVEN LIKE THIS TO DELIVER HIS SON JESUS FROM THE CHORDS OF DEATH

 WHY WAS GOD SO ATTENTIVE? Ps 18:20  – 24

 

  • GOD WAS ATTENTIVE BECAUSE OF DAVID HAD PUT HIS TRUST IN HIM
  • GOD WAS ATTENTIVE BECAUSE OF DAVID’S OBEDIENCE
  • FAITH AND OBEDIENCE ARE INSEPARABLE

DOES GOD PLAY FAVORITES? Psa 18:25 – 28

  • GOD CONFRONTS THE PROUD BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE
  • BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN
  • BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART FOR THEY SHALL SEE GOD

GOD EQUIPPED david & US FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE TO GO ON THE OFFENSE AGAINST SATAN & HIS KINGDOM

  • Psa 18:29  For by thee I have run through a troop

… by my God have I leaped over a wall.

  • Psa 18:33  He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet….
  • Psa 18:34  He teacheth my hands to war…

Psa 18:36  … my feet did not slip.

  • Psa 18:37  I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them…
  • Psa 18:39  For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle:
  • PS 18:47  It is God that avengeth me….
  • Psa 18:48  He delivereth me from mine enemies….
  • 2Co 10:3 – 6  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4  (For the weapons of our warefare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) :5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; :6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
  • VS 30 SPEAKS OF THE WORD OF THE LORD BEING TRIED IN US…THE RESPONSE GOD IS LOOKING FOR IS “FAITH & FAITHFULNESS”.

 

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