Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned … Psalm 37:25
Good Afternoon PCC!
I am always sad to end a message series, and coming to the end of our Chasing David series is no exception! This coming week, as we gather in the Worship Center at 8:55 and at 11:00 (remember, we are combining the 9:05, Hudson, and 11am Gatherings this week), we will literally chase David to his grave. We have learned so much from this man’s life; does he have one more lesson for us with his death?
It seems from Psalm 37:25 that as David is writing this psalm as an old man. He is looking back over his life and is remembering how God has always remained faithful. Like a godly, wise sage who wants to pass on valuable life lessons, David opens this psalm with incredible advice.
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:3-7
Here are five applications for us all today:
- Trust in the Lord (verse 3). David has learned throughout his life that the only One we can truly trust never to fail us is God. God protected him as a shepherd boy in the field when wild animals tried to kill him. God gave him to victory when he fought Goliath. God strengthened him as he fled from Saul. God established David’s kingdom. God forgave him when he sinned and repented. God never disappointed David’s trust in Him.
- Do good (verse 3). We serve a God who is good. David learned that repaying evil with evil is never the best option. Always do good, even to those who hate you. Just look at how David spared Saul’s life and looked after his family even after his death. Good matters to God, the word is used over 600 times in the Bible. Jesus exhorted us to live our lives shine in such a way that people see our goodness (Matthew 5:16).
- Delight yourself in the Lord (verse 4). David was the king of a powerful kingdom. He had all the wealth anyone could want. He had praise from people, yet he discovered nothing delights a soul like a relationship with God.
- Commit your way to the Lord (verse 5). Left to ourselves, we often drift into destructive choices. David’s life has been displayed before us in all it’s humanity—we’ve witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly. David learned the importance of committing all you do to the Lord and following His ways.
- Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him (verse 7). David waited over 20 years to reign as King over all Israel after he had been anointed king. He learned that God always keeps His word in His perfect timing.
What have you learned this Fall?
This Sunday we will look at David’s final days and the priorities he had as he approached his death. It’s going to be an incredible time together. I look forward to being with you on Sunday. Remember, we gather twice this Sunday at 8:55 and 11:00 in the Worship Center.
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