by John Barnett

David: A Long Obedience in Seeking God
John Barnett
II Samuel 22

As we open to Palm 18 this morning, I have been praying that maybe this Psalm will become the most meaningful and precious of all the Psalms we have studied. We walked through David's life for many months; from his childhood and all its struggles, through the triumphs of the battle field to the defeats of those unguarded moments-all through the inspired record God gave to us.

The reason I have loved this study of David's life is because of the way God's grace is brought so visibly forward in David's life--the grace that saves, the grace that forgives, the grace that gives new beginnings each day and every hour. Especially when we gather around the Table celebrating Christ's Cross these truths are closest and dearest.

Grace says God is committed to finishing what He started in my life; Christ says I am going to keep cleansing you as often as needed; I am going to love you no matter what you do and nothing can make me love you any more or any less. That means all of us must be…


David's life declares that it doesn't take perfection to please God.

One of the reasons that we need so long to go through David's life is that it takes us so long to realize that God does not demand nor expect perfection.

• You don't have to be fearless to please God-David was often afraid and had to flee to the Lord. Remember that next time you are afraid!
• You don't have to be perfect to please God-David was smitten by guilt and confessed his sins to the Lord. Remember that next time you are stained by sin!
• You don't have to have a perfect marriage to please God-David had marriage problems he gave to the Lord. Remember that next time you are weeping inside or outside over the stress and pain that you feel at your partner!
• You don't have to have perfect children to please God-David has no recorded children who followed the Lord to the end of their life. Remember that ...

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