by Jerry Vines

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Restoration Matters (8 of 19)
Series: Heart Matters
Jerry Vines
1 Samuel 29-30

We are looking at the life of David, a man after God's own heart. Your heart matters. It's very important. Jesus said, ''Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.'' We are looking at heart matters as they are given to us in the life of David. This particular study in chapter 29 and 30 I have entitled Restoration Matters. This is the passage of scripture where David returns to the Lord from a period of time when he was obviously out of the will of God.

Actually chapter 29 picks up the narrative that was begun back in chapter 28. Look at the first two verses there and you will find that they are similar and it will connect these two sections together. In between these we have the tragic interval of Saul consulting the witch of Endor and he received the word that the next day he would be dead.

It is clear that David, at this particular point, is in a very dangerous and precarious situation. The Philistines are amassing a great army together and they are getting ready to go out in total, all-out assault and war against Saul and the armies of Israel. David is in enemy territory. The king of Achish has made him his bodyguard to go with him to battle. Back in chapter 27 David told him, ''I'll show you what I can do.'' I have a feeling that he was trembling in his heart because he knows he's in a very dangerous spot. Here is the man who has been selected by God to be the king of the Israelites, faced with the possibility of having to go to war against his own people.

I don't think there is any question that David is out of the will of God during this period of time in his life. We are told back in the 27th chapter why David even fled to the land of the Philistines in the first place. Verse 1 says, ''David said in his heart I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land ...

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