Be Filled With The Spirit, Addressing One Another In Psalms, Hymns And Spiritual Songs, Singing And Making Melody To The Lord With All Your Heart…’

2 Samuel 4:1-5:25‘…They came into the house… and slew him…’(4:7). What are we to make of this kind of thing? - ‘What’s the world coming to?’. Where’s it all going to end?’. It is difficult to maintain real faith in the Lord when this kind of thing is going on. What are we to do? …

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God is greater than His servants.

David’s work was intended by God to bring blessing to the people. He was “raised up” by God (2 Samuel 23:1). “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through him" (2 Samuel 23:2). David’s influence on the people was not always a good influence. He “sinned” against the Lord, bringing judgment upon the nation (2 Samuel 24:10,15). Sin and judgment are not, however, the last word concerning God’s dealings with His people. “So the Lord heard the prayers for the country, and the plague in Israel stopped” (2 Samuel 24:25). The Lord’s servants are not perfect. There is sin in us. This affects our usefulness in God’s service. God is greater than His servants. His grace reaches out to men and women through His very inadequate servants. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels.” Why? - “To show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7).

‘My Grace Is Sufficient For You, For My Power Is Made Perfect In Weakness.’

2 Samuel 1:1-27‘How are the mighty fallen!’(19,25,27). The tragedy of Saul was there for all to see. He had made a right mess of things! What are we to think when we read of this tragic figure? He started out so well. He ended so badly. There were high hopes - but it all came …

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Worship, Trust And Obedience

“David worships the Lord” - “I will celebrate in the Lord’s presence”, “You are great, Lord God.There is no one like You, and there is no other god except you” (2 Samuel 6:21; 2 Samuel 7:22).David trusts God - “Almighty Lord, You are God, and Your words are trustworthy” (2 Samuel 7:28).David obeys God - “David ruled all Israel. He did what was fair and right for all his people”(2 Samuel 8:15).

God’s Kindness And God’s Strength

“God’s kindness” (2 Samuel 9:3)God has shown His kindness to us. We are to show His kindness to others.“Be strong!” (2 Samuel 10:12) - We are to be strong in the strength of the Lord.Strength and kindness - God will give us the strength to be less self-centred, and more other-centred and God-centred.

The Lord forgives our sin – and He calls us to walk with Him on the pathway of holiness.

In 2 Samuel 13 - 14, we read about sin - rape, murder and deception. This realistic account of humanbehaviour highlights the sin which separates us from God. This shows us very clearly our need ofsalvation. We need the Lord’s saving grace in our lives, if we are to be kept from going further alongthe road of sinful living. By His grace, He saves us. He forgives our sin. He calls us to walk with Him on the pathway of holiness.

We walk by faith – not by sight.

In 2 Samuel 15 - 16, we have a very human story.It’s just like our life today. We read it, and we think about our own life. We ask, “Where is the Lord in all of this?”We need to maintain the Lord’s priorities.We need to keep “God’s ark” - His Word - among us, seek His favour and honour His servants   (2 Samuel 15:25; 2 Samuel 16:18).If we are to keep sight of the Lord, we must maintain His priorities.If we fail to maintain our focus on the Lord, we will be swept along by events that do not seem tobe filled with any real sense of the purpose of God being fulfilled in our lives. When God seems far away, we must remember this - we walk by faith, not by sight.

God’s love is greater than our sin!

“The Lord considered David’s actions evil” (2 Samuel 11:27) - This is a summary of the sinfuland shameful events that are recorded in 2 Samuel 11. For most of 2 Samuel 12, we have a recordof the consequences of David’s sin. At the end of the chapter, there's a ray of hope - the birth of a son, Jedidiah. His name means “The Lord’s Beloved”. God’s love is greeatr than our sin!

The God of heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed …

Daniel 2:24-3:12; 2 Peter 1:1-21; Psalm 135:1-12 God is sovereign. He is establishing His Kingdom which is heavenly, eternal and glorious – “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a Kingdom that will never be destroyed … it will itself endure for ever” (Daniel 2:44). Alongside the sovereignty of …

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May our words point to Jesus Christ, the living Word of God …

Ninth Sunday (or Last Sunday) after the Epiphany (Transfiguration of the Lord) – Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2 (or Psalm 99, suggested as an alternative for Ninth Sunday); 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9 May our words point to Jesus Christ, the living Word of God. Moses was alone with the Lord - receiving the Word of …

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“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s Word is important. We need to move from there to ask the question: Why are we seeking to increase our understanding of God’s Word? We are to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). An increase in knowledge is …

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So many kings, so little submission to the real King, the Lord

There were so many kings, and so little submission to the real King, the Lord. Over many generations, the Lord’s purpose for His people seemed to be at a low ebb. Behind all the depressing details of so many disobedient kings, we must learn to see God’s determination to fulfil His promise of blessing. Even …

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A better way than the way of drunkenness … being filled with the Holy Spirit …

PROVERBS 20:1-30  –  ‘Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; whoever is led astray by it is not wise’ (1). We need to learn the truth of these words – before it’s too late! There is a better way than the way of drunkenness. It is the way of being filled with the Holy …

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The Lord alone is worthy of our trust … He will not fail us.

2 Kings 18:1-19:13; Acts 27:13-44; Psalm 82:1-8 “Do not let the god you depend on deceive you” (2 Kings 19:10). The Lord alone is worthy of our trust. He alone will prove trustworthy. There is no god like the Lord - “God presides in the great assembly: He gives judgment among the gods” (Psalm 82:1). …

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