24 Nov S4 E08 | The Wounds of God
Have you ever been wound by someone you loved or loved you? You’re in good company because David found himself in the same place and it gave him a ministry.
Key Verse: 1 Samuel 22:23 “Stay with me; do not be afraid, for he who seeks my life seeks your life. With me you shall be in safekeeping.”
Theme: Worship in the midst of hardship
- 7 Types of Psalms: Lament, Praise, Trust, Hymn, Thanksgiving, Wisdom, Royal
Points to Note:
Reminder, the story of Saul & David is Our Story:
- Saul: [Kingdoms of this world] Self-Centered, Demanding, Disobedient to God, Seeks His Own Glory
- David: [Kingdom of God] Other-Centered, Giving/Self-Sacrificing, Obedient to God, Seeks the Glory of God
Three Wounds: (1) Contrition (2) Compassion (3) Longing for God
- David’s exile is education and preparation for helping those who are hurt by the Kingdom of Saul.
- God’s preparation does not happen in the palaces of men, but in the wilderness of God.
- “Before God can use a man greatly he must wound him deeply.” — Oswald Chambers.
- If you trust God in the midst of your misery, your misery becomes your ministry.
- The kingdom of Saul is self-absorbed and completely insecure.
A contrast between Saul and David:
- Saul: self-absorbed and insecure
✓Every moment is about himself. ✓Everyone is suspect. ✓Everyone is a threat. ✓Willing to kill for his kingdom. ✓Estranged from everyone he loved. ✓On the road to self-destruction.
- David: made self-less and dependent on God
✓Wounded by the Lord. ✓Made useful to those wounded in the world. ✓Contrite, Compassionate and Hungry for God. ✓Made ready to serve others.
Recognize the Following:
- The title of Psalm 34: Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
- The title of Psalm 143: A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A prayer.
- When David is in trouble, he worships.
- David’s worship in the midst of his hardship gives him a fellowship.
- Self-absorbed people see everyone as a threat.
Questions to Consider:
- Have you ever been wounded by God?
- When you are afraid, what do you do?
- Have you ever tried worshiping God when something bad happened?
- What “kingdom” would you rather belong to: Saul’s or David’s?