Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bible Study: The Heart of a Warrior “the Life of David” Week # 2

Subject:      The Heart of David

Beginning Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, open the eyes of our hearts so we can You, and only You as to glorifying Your precious Son's name. We ask that You, Lord, help   us to see ourselves more than looking at others' character. Keep us from judgmental. Examine our hearts, Lord.  Bless this study to change our life, and all those who trust in You. We ask this in Jesus' name. AMEN.

 

Acts 13:22 says, "After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do."

 

The following words describe the heart of David as seen in his own writings:

(All verses New International Version)

Humble – Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. Psalm 62:9

Reverent – I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:3

Respectful – Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. Psalm 31:9

Trusting – The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

Loving – I love you, O Lord, my strength. Psalm 18:1

Devoted – You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. Psalm 4:7

Recognition – I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. Psalm 9:1

Faithful – Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:6

Obedient – Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Psalm 119:34

Repentant – For the sake of your name, O Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. Psalm 25:11

David's example is a great road map for how we are to live our life. Which of these areas need your greatest attention for improvement?

Week # 2   Part 2:  The Heart of King David

The story of David and Nabal is found in 1 Samuel 25. Nabal is described in 1 Samuel 25:2 as a property owner who "was very wealthy. He had a thousand goats and three thousand sheep, which he was shearing in Carmel." He was a harsh man ("surly and mean" in verse 3), married to a kind woman named Abigail.

During the time that 
David and his troops were on the run from King Saul, they found themselves near Nabal's flock during shearing season. As they were low on supplies, David sent men to Nabal to request some food. Nabal sent David's servants back with insults for David, and David commanded his troops, "Each of you strap on your sword!" (1 Samuel 25:13). Four hundred men prepared to attack Nabal's home.

The story of David and Nabal continues when one of Nabal's servants told Abigail about the situation. "Abigail acted quickly. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five dressed sheep, five seahs of roasted grain, a hundred cakes of raisins and two hundred cakes of pressed figs, and loaded them on donkeys. Then she told her servants, 'Go on ahead; I'll follow you'" (1 Samuel 25:18–19). Abigail gave the provisions to David's men, and her prudent action caused David and his men to bless her and return to their camp. Nabal, his family, and servants were saved through her actions, although Nabal was unaware of what his wife had done.

Nabal got drunk that night, and Abigail still did not mention her activities to him. "Then in the morning, when Nabal was sober, his wife told him all these things, and his heart failed him and he became like a stone. About ten days later, the Lord struck Nabal and he died" (1 Samuel 25:37–38).

When David heard of these events, he offered Abigail a marriage proposal: "David sent word to Abigail, asking her to become his wife. His servants went to Carmel and said to Abigail, 'David has sent us to you to take you to become his wife.' She bowed down with her face to the ground and said, 'I am your servant and am ready to serve you and wash the feet of my lord's servants.' Abigail quickly got on a donkey and, attended by her five female servants, went with David's messengers and became his wife" (1 Samuel 25:39–42).

On a negative note, the chapter concludes with the information that David's first wife, Michal, had been taken from him and given to someone else. Also, David had a wife named Jezreel, likely making Abigail his third wife. Abigail is later recorded as the mother of David's second son, Daniel (1 Chronicles 3:1), also called Chileab in 2 Samuel 3:3.

Though considered a man after God's own heart, David's relationships with women were his weakness. In 1 Samuel 25, it is Abigail who is highlighted as the kind servant, while David is presented as a warrior with an expanding group of wives. This stark contrast in the story of Abigail provides some insight into the life of a woman living in difficult times. Abigail's kindness and decisive action saved the lives of many and changed her life completely.

 

To understand why David was a man after God's own heart, we need to see what characteristics he had to qualify for such an exalted description. In the book of Acts, the apostle Paul speaks of God's feelings about King David: "After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do'" (Acts 13:22). The answer to why David was considered a man after God's own heart is found right in the verse: David did whatever God wanted him to do. An obvious question is how could God still call David a man after His own heart when David committed such terrible sins, including adultery and murder?

We learn much of David's character in the book of Psalms as he opened up his life for all to examine. David's life was a portrait of success and failure, and the biblical record highlights the fact that David was far from perfect. But what made David a cut above the rest was that his heart was pointed toward God. He had a deep desire to follow God's will and do "everything" God wanted him to do. He was a man after God's own heart. Let's look at some characteristics of David's life to discover what that entails:

WEEK # 2

Quiz:

 

1. Who refused to assist David and his men, and died as a result?
       Eleazar
       Nabal
       Saul
       Abimelech

 

2. Which former King of Israel tried to kill David out of envy?
       Joash
       Solomon
       Ahab
       Saul

3. Who was the Prophet that confronted David with his adultery?
       Samuel
       Nathan
       Elisha
       Elijah

4. What was the cost of David's sin with Bathsheba?
       A lamb sacrifice
       They could never marry
       Their first born would die
       Repent in sackcloth and ashes

5. After Absalom rebelled against King David, who did Absalom appoint as commander over his army in Joab`s place?
       Abiathar
       Abner
       Amasa
       Abishai

6. How did David's son Absalom die?
       Caught in a tree by his hair
       His head was cut off by a Philistine
       Killed by his own captain
       Three darts thrust into his heart

7. Who was crippled son of Jonathan who was given a permanent place at King David`s royal table?
       Maacah
       Hephzibah
       Mephibosheth
       Abishai

8. How many years did David rule as king of Israel?
       10
       30
       40
       60

 

 

Questions:

1).     Who sent Samuel to find David?

2).     Describe what David said about his own heart.

3).     How would you describe Nabal?

4).     Who was Nabal's wife?

5).     How did Abigal act when she heard what Nabal did?

6).     How did Nabal die?

7).     What would you call Nabal's death now days?

8).     What kind of heart Abigal have?

9).     How many wives David had when he married Abigal?

10).   How would you describe David's relationship with women?

11).   Apostle Paul wrote about David, what did he say?

12).   In what book we learn much about David's character?

13).   Describe David's characteristics.

 

Weekly Psalm of King David: Psalm 7

 

Weekly Prayer of David:      I Chronicles 16:8-36

 

Self-Examination Time:      What can you do today to stay The Course?

 

Weekly Reading Assignment: Proverbs 5-8

A Prayer of David

Week # 1   David's Prayer: Psalm 3

 

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.

Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.

Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Week # 1 Ending Prayer

Week # 1   Ending Prayer:

 

Lord God Almighty, we have lean of David's faith in You, even though he failed at times. David always trusted in You, even from a young boy. Bless us Lord to trust You today and as long as we live. Keep us in the knowledge of You and our Savior. Let us experience knowing You in our hearts, and in our trails and tribulation. We claim that no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper in Jesus' name, AMEN

Self-Examination Time:

What can you do today to stay The Course?

 

Stay centered in Christ when the world distracts me!



Monday, August 14, 2017

Weekly Reading Assignment:

Proverbs 1-4

 

I have read our weekly reading assignment of Proverbs 1-4; This help you see what King David taught his son Solomon before he died. King Solomon was a wise man, and it not only comes from God, but it also came from his father's faith in God which he passed on to his son. This week and the last week has been very tough for me, but reading God's Word is a help, especially Psalms and Proverbs. In my devotional time with God, I am also reading the book of Job.

SELF-EXAMINATION TIME:

In this study we will also read the book of Proverbs to self-examine ourselves for God's work in our life, and as a prayer warrior to be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. David did

WEEKLY PSALM OF KING DAVID; PSALM 23



The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


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