Nov. 26th – Dec. 5th WORSHIP 2 Samuel 7
(Third 10 day portion)
“Lord, your words are true.”
Do You Worship During Time of Deep Distress?
In Psalm 86 David displays devoted trust during times of deep trouble. His life is in jeopardy and he pours his heart out before the Lord. He can’t see immediate relief in sight so he acknowledges the greatness of God, asks for lessons in the right way to live, and prays for a sign of God’s goodness. He knows God answers prayer.
Sometimes the troubles in life are so great that all we can do is cry out to God for mercy, forgiveness, relief, and restitution. When relief is slow to come, we can acknowledge the goodness of God and wait on His answers. He will always answer our prayers but not always in our desired time frame or in our desired outcomes.
What Makes You Give Praise and Thanksgiving?
In 2 Samuel 7:18-29 David understood the blessings from God to him and his descendants would impact his family heredity, the people of Israel, and ultimately every nation on earth. Ever since Genesis, God continues to fulfill His greater purpose through His promises.
The crowning fulfillment of these promises is in Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life and provided salvation for the human race through His life, death, and resurrection. After His death, he arose from the grave to sit at the right hand of God. There, He reigns until His enemies become a footstool for His feet (Hebrews 1:8-13). God keeps His promises.
How does this promise from God impact your life and or the life of your family? What are some promises from God that incite you to offer the Lord praises and thanksgivings?
When we think of true biblical worship, we are often drawn to David, because David had a passion for God. It was a real passion. It wasn’t shallow and it wasn’t self-serving. He truly loved God and longed for Him every day. (Ps.42:1-2)
As we read the Psalms we learn a little about the worship David practiced and why he was so passionate about God.
1. David lived his worship.
a. Worship wasn’t just something he did once or twice a week with other people. Worship was giving his life completely to God and to God’s purposes.
b. This type of worship begins outside the sanctuary in the context of a daily walk with God. (Ps. 89:15) All the beautiful psalms David wrote and the music he sang and played grew out of his personal walk with God. Even the victories he won in his battles were an overflow of his personal relationship with God. David had power because he knew God.
c. Paul reaffirms this principle in Rom. 12:1. If our worship is to be a biblical worship, it will be a way of life, the willing and daily sacrifices to God of everything we are, everything we have, and everything we do.
2. David was uncompromising in his worship. (Ps. 27:4)
a. David’s worship was wholehearted, not just halfway or stingy. He had total focus, total commitment, and total devotion. No doubt there were voices that clamored for his attention and devotion, but he was single-minded in this.
b. All of us are meant to express this same type of uncompromising worship. (Matt. 22:37). It means making deliberate choices about our commitments. Are you willing to do this?
3. David witnessed through his worship. (Ps. 57:9)
a. David’s worship was public. He didn’t just worship in private. He was unashamed to proclaim God’s name for all to hear. In fact, he meant for his worship to be heard so that it would lead others to God. (Ps. 40:3)
b. The most important element in a church service is connecting with God. When we worship God passionately, we will meet God. But even more than that, we give visitors who don’t know God a chance to meet God. Instead of being concerned with how our visitors might feel, we should let our worship witness.
2 Samuel 7 – GOD’S COVENANT WITH DAVID
See this link for the commentary on this portion of Scripture: