by John Barnett

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David: Ending Well by Fearing No Evil (44 of 49)
John Barnett
Ecclesiastes 12

When God describes what happens as we age, he calls it difficult times or even "evil" days. Old age can become a time when life is hardest, strength is least, and evil is most pressing--but that is not how it has to be! David shows us by his life that ending well by fearing no evil is possible through our Good Shepherd Jesus Christ.

Life is short, time flies, death is inescapable--but without Christ life becomes a wearying chase for something good enough to keep their mind's off thinking this all may be over soon.

In God's Word the Bible, two old men sat down and wrote their summary of life. One was the father, the other his son.

- Both wrote under the inspiration of God's Spirit.

- Both had suffered through many afflictions.

- Both knew the Lord in an unusual way.

For one life is looked back upon almost bitterly, speaking of the emptiness or vanity of life. His name was Solomon. His summary is a Book called Ecclesiastes.

The other looks back and sees a life long growth in experiencing God. His name was David, father of Solomon. His summary was still the song he wrote to his Good Shepherd called Psalm 23.

When life winds down, strength gets exhausted, and the end is in sight for you--which summary will fit your life?

- Will you look back on life like Solomon? Ending with bitterness, seeing all as vanity, and ending in emptiness?

- Or will you look back on life like David? Ending well by fearing no evil, in hopefulness, with life long growth in experiencing God?

The choice is completely yours this morning--you are each day writing the script that will be your life's summary! The key is who you are following, where are you headed, and whether or not you have started down the right path.

God's desire is that you know Him; He wants you to start early and remember your Creator when you are young--and then never forget Him.

As a youth, ...

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