God Will Get You Through

1Sa 16:11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” 

David was overlooked by his family. Samuel the prophet came to anoint the new king of Israel. This must have been seen as an undercover operation to the family because Israel already had a king at the time (King Saul). Nevertheless, Samuel was going to anoint one of Jesse's sons as the new king before he would leave.
David was not overlooked by God. David was off with his sheep one day and a bear had taken one of his sheep. David ran after it and trusting the Lord was able to punch the bear in the face and take back his sheep. God was with David and God was using the years he spent in the fields with his sheep preparing him for what God had planned before David was even born. Another time a lion took one of the sheep and Daivid trusted the Lord again and killed the lion by grabbing its beard and knocking it out. Despite being considered as capable of nothing by his older brothers David would take the lowliest of duty's tending to the sheep, and he would do it as unto the Lord. Imagine David coming in for dinner after killing the bear or the lion and his brothers asking how his day went babysitting the sheep. They probably told on David to their father Jesse, for telling stories again. "Dad last time it was a bear, and this time David killed a lion protecting the sheep!" They probably really laughed at David when they asked him how he killed them. "I punched them out", David would say.

God got David through the times he fought with his brothers, and God got David through the times he had to fight the bear or the lion. David was learning he could trust the Lord no matter what situation he was in.

1Sa 17:33
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, “I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover, David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

David trusted that God would get him through when he stepped out in front and challenged Goliath. Despite what the situation looked like to Davids eye's; he chose to see with his faith. David didn't focus on the problem in front of him, instead he focused on the God that was with him. This time Davids older brothers watched in awe as David took down the beast.

David at one time was requested to play music for King Saul. Another time David was hiding in a cave from Saul as he wanted to kill David. Another time David was in Ziklag acting crazy while in a prison and his plan worked as he was released. Another time David killed and circumcised 200 Philistines as a bride price as Saul had requested thinking David would be killed. Another time Saul threw his spear at David while he was playing his instrument and David escaped. David had learned that God would get him through. God was faithful through all these events and much more we can read about in the scriptures.

1 Sa 18:1
1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: “There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. 3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. 4 And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”5 So David’s anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! 6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.”7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your keeping and gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if that had been too little, I also would have given you much more! 9 Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.

Many events in Davids's life would occur before receiving this visit from Nathan. David was one night not with his soldiers in battle as he had always led them before. He was out on his rooftop and the moon was shining bright. David was set up by the enemy to be tempted, sin, fall, and never get back up!
David was tempted as he saw Bathsheba naked taking a bath in the moonlight. He sinned taking the second look, and then sending for her. He fell as he slept with her and got her pregnant while her husband Uriah was fighting in battle for king David. David had Uriah brought home and tried to get him to sleep with Bathsheba in order to make the baby to be as it was his own. Uriah refused to be with his bride while his men were fighting in battle. David sent Uriah to the front lines with a letter to give the commander. The letter was orders to leave Uriah in a situation that he would be killed. David knew Uriah would not open the letter because he had such integrity. Uriah was killed on the battlefield by Davids orders. David then marries Bathsheba, and a year goes by with David probably thinking he finally put all that behind him. He thought he had got away with murder, and adultery.

God sent Nathan and David had a choice. How would he respond? God had given David so much and had been with him through everything. David sinned against God, and not just a little sin. Yes, we all fall short of the glory of God, but this was more than just falling short. There would be great consequences to face. Facing the lion, the bear, Saul Davids's brothers, the Philistines, and even Goliath were nothing like David having to face his Lord with all he had done.

Saul had disobeyed God and David disobeyed God, why does David remain King?

In 1 Sa 13:14 Saul is told by Samuel that, "The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people..."

David had a choice when he was convicted by the Nathan's message which was sent from the Lord. David chose to trust God again in the hardest situation ha had been in throughout his life. He trusted that if he truly repented that God's grace would be enough to forgive him. David instead of running from God when the condemnation came in his mind via the fiery darts, ran to God. Instead of David coming up with excuses why he did what he did he took responsibility for his actions. Instead of blaming Bathsheba for bathing on her rooftop or justifying his sin. David confessed his sin, and accepted the consequences knowing his God would get him through as he had in the past.

2 Sam 12:20
20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.

Everything God got David through would not be as easy as surviving the sting of death that comes from sin. David is our example for today. There is a greater king that sat on the throne of David and He still reigns. No matter what you have been through. No matter the sins you have committed. You can choose to respond like Saul, or you can choose to respond like David. You can respond with sorrow for your sin without repentance or you can respond as a man or woman after Gods own heart. You can trust that God will get you through! Get up, wash, be anointed, change, go before the Lord and continue worshipping Him!

Pastor Kolby

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