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He Deserves Better Than That
He Deserves Better Than That!
- This past Sunday we studied Jesus Christ as the King of a kingdom in which we are chosen citizens. Glory!
- The first commandment is to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind, soul, and strength (Deut 6:4-5).
- The Blessed and Only Potentate deserves far more than mediocrity. Forget your jobs. Measure your religion!
- We look around and see backsliding, compromise, downgrade, and failures by Christians in every direction.
- Look around even in this church: I exhort you to covet to be the very best like David (I Cor 12:31; II Kgs 2:9).
- David is one of the greatest characters, if not the greatest character, in the Bible. You should aspire to be him.
- But what will you do with your life? Are you a loser? Nothing more than dandelion fertilizer? You can be great!
- Do not excuse yourself because of disadvantage. David was the last and least of 8 sons! But the Lord liked him!
- No one loved the Lord like David. If he has a peer by this measure, that person would have written the psalms!
- We cannot be content with the expectations or examples of those around us. We should exceed them by a mile!
II Samuel 7 (or I Chronicles 17)
- When David had defeated all His enemies and rested in his house, he was not content (7:1)!
- Though he led a great celebration to put the ark in a tabernacle, he was not content (6:12-19)!
- He did not think it fair that he should be in a house of cedar but the Lord in a tent (7:2-3)!
- The LORD could not believe David’s exceptional love and desire to do this thing (7:4-7)!
- God told David of all He had done for him, and He promised to build him a house (7:8-11)!
- The house, introduced above, was the promise of a perpetual throne and kingdom (7:12-17)!
- David worshipfully acknowledged God’s great grace and exposes his heart to Him (7:18-21)!
- He also praised the Lord for His incredible greatness toward the house of Israel (7:22-24)!
- Then David begged, rejoiced, and praised God for the promise He greatly desired (7:25-29)!
I Chronicles 22
- God told David the temple site was where he built an altar to stop a plague (21:14-30; 22:1).
- David could not build it, but he greatly provided for it to be “exceeding magnifical” (22:2-4).
- He explained to Solomon that God had chosen him to build it instead of his father (22:6-13).
- Then he briefly described what he had provided to make this great house possible (22:14-16).
- Finally, he charged Israel’s princes to help his son Solomon build a great house (22:17-19).
I Chronicles 28
- David explained to the gathering of all the great men the choices of God in his life (28:1-8).
- He then charged Solomon with being faithful to build what he had wanted to build (28:9-10).
- He told Solomon the pattern of the house that God had shown him by inspiration (28:11-21).
I Chronicles 29
- David used his enormous contribution to provoke the others to love and good works (29:1-5).
- Israel’s princes responded to their great leader’s giving with their abundant giving (29:6-9).
- David blessed God for the spirit of giving to the Lord and prayed it to continue (29:10-19).
- David led worship, and God confirmed this celebration by magnifying Solomon (29:20-25).
- David died, but he spent his life pursuing and worshipping the Lord like no other (29:26-30).
- The Lord does not deserve your leftovers, second love, double-mindedness, or lukewarm worship and service!
- He took the firstborn of families and animals, and He expects firstfruit giving! Second best stinks (Mal 1:14)!
- Where do you stand in reading, praying, praising, singing, weeping, serving, helping, provoking, and building?
- What do give Him daily? What do you give Him Sundays? What about tonight? He deserves better than that!