by John Barnett

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Finding Hope when Everything Has Been Lost (15 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
I Samuel 29-30

Open with me to I Samuel 18 as walk through a few chapters to get to our passage for this evening. These chapters tonight remind us that:

Our Struggles
Frame God's Faithfulness

The context of these dark and lonely days in David's life, makes an incredibly beautiful frame around some of the most precious of all of David's Psalms . His prayers, cries for help, and affirmations of God's faithfulness: seem even clearer, dearer, and more memorable from those dark and lonely hours in David's life. David repeats in as many ways as possible that:

All the Time (God is good)
God is good (All the time).

What a meteoric rise, and equally meteoric fall, David experiences in First Samuel 18-20. David suffers painful loneliness as he faces family conflict, big life changes, and great danger. Think of everything happening here. David moves away from home (18:2), joins the army and becomes an officer leading troops (18:5), becomes a national celebrity (18:7), draws the jealous rage of King Saul (18:8-9), faces life threatening situations (18:11), meets and marries the King's daughter (18:17-28); then sees Saul send soldiers to kill David as he slept in his bed at home (I Samuel 19:11). During these days of danger and turmoil David writes Psalm 59, 11, and 64-how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are in danger.

First Samuel 21:1-9: as David flees for his life again, he suffers intense loneliness as he loses his job, and is separated from his family. David writes Psalm 52-how to overcome the feelings of loneliness when we are away from our work, home, and family.

1 Sam. 21:10-15: David goes from fear, to terror, to nearly a complete breakdown in the time surrounding his capture by the Philistine army at Gath. He writes about this in Psalm 34 and 56. After he gets away from the Philistines, David is so alone that feels abandoned and ...

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