David: A Rock Solid Life (47 of 49) by John Barnett

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David: A Rock Solid Life (47 of 49)
John Barnett

David had a lifelong love for God that drew him to seek the Lord. He was drawn toward the Lord with an embracing kind of love. He is a model placed before us in God's Word of what pleases the Lord.
Start with me at the beginning of Psalm 18, where we saw the last recorded words of David. David's relationship with the Lord was not theoretical, it was real and it was HIS and he knew it and said it--to the end!
DAVID WAS A BONDSLAVE OF GOD
In the Psalm we read this morning, David becomes the third and final person in the Old Testament to be described as "the servant of the Lord". This is the powerful word "bondservant" we know from the New Testament. So David's life has many examples for us.
Note again the first verse in Hebrew, the little paragraph before the first verse.
Psalm 18:1-2 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord, who spoke to the Lord the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:
Among the verses of God's Word only Moses and Joshua are given this familiar title from the New Testament.
In Deuteronomy we are introduced to Moses as 'the servant of the Lord' (17x):
Deuteronomy 34:5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
Then Joshua (2x) is also given that title in Joshua 24:29.
Joshua 24:29 Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being one hundred and ten years old.
Then in our opening section of Psalm 18 as well as Psalm 36 we find David being granted this honorable title. Look at the superscription of this Psalm.
• Psalm 36:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord.
So David was a servant of the Lord. We need to always remember that--
WE ARE BONDSLAVES OF GOD
Now, there is one last place these words appear in all of God's Word ...


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