Secret Weapons: 1 King David
Go back and watch Atomic Bible Study 1 on 1 Samuel chapter 27
2 Corinthians 10:1-5 – Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you. 2 But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
(The power to change minds)
The warrior, military leader, king, prophet, author, poet, songwriter and musician, influencer.
Jesus is so proud of David, He actually calls himself
“THE SON OF DAVID.”
Revelation 22:16 – “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, The Bright and Morning Star.”
But he was no saint. He was incredibly flawed. He fought huge internal battles with his flesh and the world he lived in.
He had a secret weapon.
You could study King David the rest of your life and still not exhaust all God can teach you about yourself, The Kingdom, and how a human being can walk with God in such a way that the difference he makes never ends.
I was in Washington DC, and at Ford’s theatre they have a display of how fascinating the study of Abraham Lincoln is ….
THE VIDEO OF THE BOOKS
IF YOU STUDY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, YOU BEGIN TO NOTICE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS THAT THEY OPERATE IN THAT EVERYBODY ELSE BARELY TAPS INTO. SKILLSETS THEY DEVELOP AND OPERATE IN DAY IN AND OUT THAT MAKE THEIR IMPACT SO MUCH GREATER THAN THE AVERAGE JOE.
1) Successful People Take Risks.
(1 Samuel 17:38-39)
When David is faced with the challenge of overtaking the giant, he recounts God’s mighty acts. He reminds himself and others that God delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear. When we remember how God has been faithful to us in the past, our faith is strengthened. How has God previously demonstrated his faithfulness to you? Rid yourself of a short-term memory.
2) Successful People Possess Unwavering Self-Belief.
David’s Walk of faith (1 Samuel 17:45-46)
David announced to Goliath, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down.” Just as David did, we need to face our giant square on and announce our victory. Walking in faith not only takes courage, it takes knowing the One who is faithful. “The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24). He can be trusted!
3) They Don’t Care What Others Think.
David knew how to ignore the critics (1 Samuel 17:33, 42-45).
David was told by Saul and Goliath that he was “just a boy.” He had to overcome this negative thinking. Satan will try to tell you that you are too weak, too insignificant, and too ineffective. The enemy of your soul does not want you to advance. Recognize this and ignore his lies by listening to God’s Word. “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
4) They Think Outside the Box
5) They’re Optimistic at Heart
6) They’re Resilient/Not Afraid of Failure
7) Successful People Possess a “Can Do” Attitude
9) They Are Self Aware – Know Their Strengths/Weaknesses
10) They Give Back and Make a Lasting Contribution. THEY PROMOTE OTHERS.
I THINK IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE WAY GOD MOVES WITH YOU THAT IS UNIQUE TO YOU.
THE WEAPON OF WORSHIP, UNWAVERING FIERCE LOYALTY TO YHWH GOD AND THE ONE TRUE GOD’S KINGDOM – THE FEAR OF THE LORD
DAVID’S GREATEST SECRET WEAPON: THE MOST VALUABLE SKILLSET I CAN SEE IS
DAVID KNEW HOW TO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD
ON HIS BEST AND WORST DAY.
To call upon the name of the Lord means to present yourself before God and leave with a response from Heaven.
David did that over and over again and everything changed because it was a skillset he walked in.
In 1 Samuel 22:5 and 23, God answers David 5 times. He is never silent.
1 Samuel 14:37, God did not answer Saul.
1 Samuel 28:6, God did not answer Saul.
Ezekiel 14:3 – “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them that which causes them to stumble into iniquity. Should I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?”
Ezekiel 20:3 – “Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Have you come to inquire of Me? As I live,” says the Lord God, “I will not be inquired of by you.”’
Psalms 18:41 – They cried out, but there was none to save;
Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them.
God does not speak to people who serve other gods in their heart.
Saul’s disloyalty and unfaithfulness
1 Samuel 26:23, God responds to worship.
God didn’t speak to him.
1 SAMUEL SCRIPTURES:
1 Samuel 13:9–Saul built an altar and made a sacrifice but it was to another god.
1 Samuel 14:35–Saul built and altar to YHWH AND THIS WAS THE FIRST ALTAR HE HAD BUILT–AN ALTAR TO YHWH (because of political pressure)
HE NEVER CALLS YHWY HIS GOD. HE CALLS HIM “YOUR GOD.”
1 Samuel 15:15 YHWH Your God
1 Samuel 15:21 YHWH your God
1 Samuel 15:30 YHWH Your God
1 Samuel 16:13-14: God sends a disturbing afflicting spirit of depression to Saul but sends the Spirit of the Lord to David.
I Samuel 18:27 and 19:13– Michal (daughter of Saul) took an idol and laid it in the bed.
I Samuel 22:17– He killed the 85 priests of YHWH.
Hosea 13:11 – I gave you a King in my anger and took him away in my wrath
1 Chronicles 10:13 – So Saul died for his unfaithfulness (lack of loyalty, idolatry) which he had committed against the Lord
So, that’s why God didn’t answer Saul
IF YOU SET ASIDE ALL OTHER GODS, IF YOU ARE FIERCELY AND UNWAVERING IN YOUR LOYALTY TO KING JESUS, YOU WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD, (JESUS) AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU.
If you call upon Him, He will answer
1 Corinthians 1:2 – To the church of God which is at Corinth, …with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
Romans 10:13 – “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
CALL UPON THE LORD SCRIPTURES
Psalm 50:15 – “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Psalm 91:15 – When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
Jeremiah 29:12 – Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
Isaiah 65:24 – Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.
Psalm 91:1-16 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day…
Romans 10:13 – For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Isaiah 58:9 – Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness,
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
DAVID HAD THIS SECRET AND SO CAN YOU!
The purpose of calling on the Lord:
(1) To be saved – Romans 10:13 For “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
(2) To be rescued from distress – Psalm 118:5 From [my] distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me [and] [set me] in a large place.
(3) To be rescued from trouble – Psalm 81:7 You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
(4) To be rescued from sorrow and pain – Psalm 116:3-4 The cords of death encompassed me and the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!”
(5) To participate in the Lord’s mercy – Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all who call upon You.
(6) To delight oneself in God – Job 27:10 Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?
(7) To partake of the Lord’s salvation – Psalm 116:13 I shall lift up the cup of salvation and call upon the name of the LORD.
(8) To breathe the Lord – Lamentations 3:55-56 I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice, “Do not hide Your ear from my breathing, From my cry for help.”
(9) To drink from the fountain of God’s salvation – Isaiah 12:3-4 Therefore you will joyously draw water from the springs of salvation. And in that day you will say, “Praise the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make [them] remember that His name is exalted.”
(10) To drink the spiritual water and to eat the spiritual food for satisfaction – Isaiah 55:1,6 Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
(11) To enjoy the riches of the Lord – Romans 10:12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same [Lord is] Lord of all [and] rich to all who call upon Him;
(12) To enjoy the nearness of the Lord – Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
(13) To stir up ourselves to take hold of the Lord – Isaiah 64:7 There is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs up himself to take hold of You; For You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us into the power of our iniquities.
(14) To receive the Spirit – Acts 2:17,21 And it shall be in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream things in dreams; And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How to call on the Lord:
(1) Out of a pure heart – 2 Timothy 2:22 But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(2) With a pure lip – Zephaniah 3:9 For then I will give to the peoples purified lips, That all of them may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him shoulder to shoulder.
(3) With an open mouth – Psalm 81:7 You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah. 10 I, the LORD, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.
(4) Corporately – 2 Timothy 2:22 But flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
(5) Daily – Psalm 88:9 My eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have called upon You every day, O LORD; I have spread out my hands to You.
(6) As long as we live – Psalm 116:2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call [upon Him] as long as I live.