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The path to David being King Part 3.
1 Samuel 27 David makes a really bad decision

The path to David becoming King over Israel: Part III
1 Samuel 27

For the past several weeks we have been considering David's path to being King over Israel.

The road to David being king over Israel begins with Saul being rejected as king because of his disobedience to God as it regarded the destruction of the Amalakites (They devoted to destruction but he decided to spare the best for himself- 1 Samuel 15)

Following Saul's rejection as King, God sends Samuel to anoint David (a 15 year old boy, the youngest of 8 brothers, yet had a heart for God) as the next king of Israel. (1 Samuel 16)

Through a series of events spanning 15 years David edges ever closer to becoming king (not by his own design or purpose, but by the will of God- who works in and through peoples free will decisions to advance His holy agenda)

While David was to be king, Saul was not keen on it. For about 8 years Saul and his army chased David around the country trying to kill David. Time and time again God miraculously delivered David from Saul's hands.

Through almost the whole journey to David becoming King his faith in God stayed strong and vibrant. However, David wasn't perfect, for after about 7 years of running from Saul, David faced an inner crisis of faith that lasted 1 year and 4 months.

1 Samuel 27 details this crisis that David had. READ TEXT

LESSONS AND PRINCIPLES OF THE TEXT

1. WHEN WE ARE DISCOURAGED WE ARE AT RISK OF MAKING SOME PRETTY BAD DECISIONS. See 1 Samuel 27:1-2

Big Irony: David had just been delivered miraculously yet again.

At times you and I are going to find ourselves very discouraged. Whether it be with work, our family, our health, our expectations of God, whatever.

Discouragement, despair, despondency- At some point in our lives they will come knocking on our door. Their message is always the same: Why are you trusting God? Why continue to wait upon Him? Do what you think is right. Give up. Quit. Its not worth it. You are not accomplishing anything.

In a moment of discouragement and weakness David listened to the calling of his heart-- and the result was really bad for him

Lesson: Do not go with "your heart"-- for the heart is desperately wicked, human logic, or popular sentiment! Jeremiah 17:9 says; "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

SOME BIBLE VERSES

"Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." Proverbs 29:25--

It was from the fear of Saul that David made the bad decision to flee to Gath (which ironically was the former hometown of Goliath) 1 Samuel 17:4

Psalm 42:5 "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - A Maskil of the Sons of Korah

How to make good decisions

1. PRAY-- David didn't pray/ didn't seek the Lord when he made this decision (all the other times he did, but not this time)
2. Seek Godly counsel-
3. Get steeped in the Word
4. Listen to voice of the Spirit- but you can't be in a rush or put God on your timetable
5. Don't be in a rush to make a decision-- particularly if you are depressed, discouraged, and going through a hard time


2. RELYING ON OUR OWN WISDOM MIGHT REAP SOME SHORT TERM BENEFITS BUT...

It seemed logical to David that fleeing the country and going to the Philistines would put a stop to Saul chasing him. It worked too-- but in doing so David brought trouble into his life-- for he was now living with the enemies of God.

Relying on human logic and what makes sense is a big temptation for us. Yes, we are to use our brains but when human logic contradicts the known will of God (and this is the KEY) it doesn't matter how smart or right the decision might seem to be.*****

There is a way that seems right to a person, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12

David's decision resulted in his killing many innocent people, in the abduction of his wives and children and the children and wives of his men, in his almost going to war against his own people.

Irony: The same Amalakites whom Saul was to wipe out (1 Samuel 15), came, burned the city David living in and abducted his and all his men's families. 1 Samuel 30.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Keep in the Word that we might know how to proceed


3. SEEK GOD'S FAVOR- NOT THE WORLD'S

A really bad statement is found in v.5; Then David said to Achish, "If I have found favor in your eyes....."

While David got a town to live in by himself because of his buttering up of Achish, he had no business living amongst the Philistines (the enemies of God). He had no business seeking the favor of a Philistine.

David's temptation is ours-- we are eager for the approval of others. We want to be accepted. We want to fit in. We want positive attention and not negative and so we are we tempted to compromise in our faith and in our Christian convictions.

There is 1 person whom we should always think about pleasing-- that's God-- our creator, the one who made for our salvation and forgiveness.

His commendation is what we should seek.

Neat verse: Galatians 1:10 says; "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.


4. LYING AND DECEIVING OTHERS- NEVER A GOOD THING see 1 Samuel 27:8-12

We are to be truth tellers. We are to be as honest "as the day is long".

We are not to be skilled at deception or pulling the wool over the people's eyes or saying things in such a fashion as to lead people to believe one thing while we actually mean something else.

David lied to, deceived, and misled Achish.

David pretended to be a friend of Achish.

David, when asked by Achish what he was doing, would tell him that he was raiding Israelite territory-- when in fact he was wholesale slaughtering ancient Israelite enemies and allies of the Philistines.

David even let Achish think that he would go into battle with him against his own people. 1 Samuel 29:3, 6-11

When we lie to and deceive others, we are just digging for ourselves a big hole!

Lies always entangle a person.

If not for the grace of God, David would have gone to war with his own people. By the providence of God, when David and his men were gathered with the Philistines- the other Philistine commanders insisted that David and his men leave-- for fear that they would turn on them in the midst of the battle. (1 Samuel 29)

Some Bible verses

"speak the truth in love" Ephesians 4:15

"These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this," declares the Lord." Zechariah 8:16-17

"You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor." Exodus 20:16


CONCLUSION

Though David made a horrible decision that put the lives of those around him at risk, God bailed him out-- not because David deserved it, but because of God's grace.

After David and his men's wives were captured, David finally came to his senses (after 1year and 4 months and a big crisis -- which God used to bring him back to Himself) and consulted of the Lord as to whether he should take his men and pursue those who had taken them (1 Samuel 30:7)


While there will be times that are discouraging for us. We are not give in to discouragement and despair. We are to put our hope in the LORD

We must hold on to our faith. God has never failed and will not fail. We must wait upon Him

closing verse

Jeremiah 17:7-8 says; ""Blessed is the person who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."