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The Right Perspective

Today we will learn from the perspective of a young king, one who has learned to trust in the Lord his God. King David was chosen by God from the sheepfold at an early age. His heart was pleasing to God. Observe - I Samuel 16:7-8, 11-12, and Acts 13:22 : “When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” 7But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” …11And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”   12So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”… “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’ ” David, evidently from boyhood, knew of the greatness of his God and he knew what it meant to trust Him in time of need. David had the audacity to believe all the epic stories of the exploits of God and His people, from Abraham to Egypt and up to Saul. Notice: I Samuel 17:26, and 32-36 -Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?”… 32David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36“Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” Now we will fast forward to the time when David begins to reign in Israel. The ark of God has been brought to the City of David. Sacrifices and offerings have been made to the living God. Music, worship, and fellowship are in full swing.  David sings a song of praise to the God who has called him from his youth, sustained him, protected him, established him, and filled his heart with joy.

I Chronicles 16:8-36

  1. Openly praise Him before all men. (vss. 9, 23-27)
  2. Seek Him with gladness. (vss. 10-11)
  3. Remember (recollect)
    1. His wonderful works (vss. 12, 21-24)
    2. His covenant and His word (14-18)
    3. He faithfulness (vss. 19-22)
  4. Supplication (v. 35)
  5. Doxology (v. 36)