“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” -1 Samuel 30:6
If David spoke thus, we may be sure that the Son of David will be of the same mind. Jesus looks out for faithful men, and He fixes His eyes upon them, to observe them, to bring them forward, to encourage them, and to reward them. Let no true-hearted man think that he is overlooked; the King Himself has His eye upon him.
There are two results of this royal notice. First we read, “That they may dwell with me.” Jesus brings the faithful into His house, He sets them in His palace, He makes them His companions, He delights in their society. We must be true to our Lord, and He will then manifest Himself to us. When our faithfulness costs us most, it will be best rewarded; the more furiously men reject, the more joyfully will our Lord receive us.
Next, he says of the sincere man, “He shall serve me.” Jesus will use for His own glory those who scorn the tricks of policy and are faithful to Himself, His Word, and His cross. These shall be in His royal retinue, the honored servants of His Majesty. Communion and usefulness are the wages of faithfulness. Lord make me faithful that I may dwell with Thee and serve Thee.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | David’s Last Words: A Charge to Solomon | 1 Kings 2
“Be strong, and show yourself a man, and keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in His ways and keeping His statutes, His commandments, His rules, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn…” -1 Kings 2:2-3
If you want the best for your life, keep the ways and the Word of the Lord.
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Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | The Wise Politician Shows Forgiveness | 2 Samuel 19
“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” -Psalm 16:11
As seen in the story of Mephibosheth and David (2 Samuel 19:24-30), there is fullness of joy in the presence of the king.
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2 Samuel 17:1-29 | The Sovereignty of God at Work in the Hearts of Men (Audio)
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He will.” -Proverbs 21:1
Just as God was actively working in the life of David, He is also actively at work in all the details of your life for your good and His glory.
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Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 2 Samuel 3:1
There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker. -2 Samuel 3:1
There were a lot of factors strengthening David’s kingdom, but ultimately it was being strengthened by God. Abner was making himself strong (vs. 6). We don’t make ourselves strong. Our strength comes from the Lord!
Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 27:1-12
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! -Psalm 27:14
David was feeling like God had forgotten about him. He was depressed, stopped serving, and went into survival mode, seeking only self-preservation.
When you’re depressed, go to a friend who trusts in the Lord. Ask that friend to pray with you and for you. Confide in them and get their perspective of where you are. Don’t be quick to make a decision when you’re depressed. Pray and ponder. Most importantly, wait on the Lord.