by Steve Jones

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David, Real Zeal Part II (17 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 6

Introduction: The coach called the little leaguer in from center field for a conference. "Look here, Eddie," said the coach. "You know the principles of good sportsmanship that the Little League practices. You know we don't tolerate temper tantrums, shouting at the umpire or abusive language. Do I make myself clear?" "Yes sir," relied the Little Leaguer. "Well then Eddie," said the coach, "would you please explain that to your mother?"

Little league parents are known for their zeal, maybe even OVER-zealousness. Perhaps David would have made a good little league parent because David was loaded with zeal. But David's zeal wasn't for baseball; David's zeal was for God.

Zeal is a desirable quality in a Christian. Paul wrote in Romans 12:11"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Zeal is fervor, passion, and enthusiasm. But there is a "good" zeal and a "bad" zeal. We're in a sermon series based upon the life of David. The series is entitled, "Keepin it real." One of David's great qualities had always been zeal. In the slice of David's life we're looking at this morning his zeal for God is on display.

In a previous sermon I began to relate to you the account of David when he attempted to transport the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Abinadab to his house in Judah. David went out to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. Just to clarify, the word "ark" means "box" or "chest." The Ark of the Covenant was a gilded chest that had been crafted 500 years earlier during the days of Moses at the instruction of God (show pic). David was zealous to have the ark with him. But real zeal requires determination and David's experience illustrates why.

II Samuel 6:9-10 "David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, 'How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?' He was not w ...

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