by John Barnett

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Pursuing God Even When Crowned King (16 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
II Samuel 5:1-25

As we open to II Samuel 5 this evening, we are continuing our journey through the Life of David.

David is one of the monumental personages in the Bible; only God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are discussed more than David in the Word of God.

David wrote many words. If you count both his own writing of Psalms, and all of the others writing about his life, David's mark is on 141 of the 1189 chapters; and on about 3,000 of the 31,103 verses in God's Word.

So among the myriads of words by and about David, one verse seems to capture his lifelong pursuit of God. Listen to Psalm 63:1:

1 O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.

David chose to be a God-chaser. There are storm -chasers, sale-chasers, ambulance-chasers and so on: but David for all his recorded life was a God-Chaser! David pursed the Lord.

David's Choice:
Pursue God

Pursuing God should be our desire, for all of our days. It was for David. That heart that pursued God is what made David the man after God's heart, as he was called in Acts 13:22. We can see in each of the three eras of David's life his chosen pursuit of God. Think back with me over each of the eras of David's life captured in the Bible.

David was an amazing boy. He was an obedient son who worked in his job assigned by his dad. Tending sheep was hard, boring, and lonely. But David focused his heart and mind on the Lord and instead of wasting those days, weeks, months, and years of his life in just getting through the unpleasantness of work, he pursued God as a young man. We have Psalms 19 and 23 as a testimony of those days pursuing God.

Then we all remember the blur of those next few years. David went from defeating Goliath, to joining Saul's army, and s ...

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