We recently finished our sermon series looking at the life of King David. These discussions explored; his anointing as king, the story of David and Goliath, Davids relationship with Saul, his night with Bathsheba and his relationship with his son Absalom. The last two weeks of the series left us feeling like David’s life was on a downward spiral. He made decisions that hurt himself and others. But we are going to finish this series with good news.
“When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish His kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son.” 2 Samuel 7:12
The above scripture is a covenant promise that God made to David and all of Israel. Because of this promise, David’s name is linked to Jesus more than any other name in the Old Testament. These words were spoken to David (through Nathan) BEFORE he made some terrible mistakes. Did those mistakes change God’s promises? No. Did David’s shortcomings nullify God’s promise to raise up David’s offspring to build a house for His Name? No. If anything, the story of David’s life points to the dependability of Gods promises, the faithfulness he shows us despite our failures and the grace he extends through King Jesus.
We as Christians know Jesus as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We proclaim that he is our Saviour, the true King. But despite these truths, it is undoubtedly a challenge to live our lives in a way that consistently reflects our belief that Jesus is King. Here are a few things to consider…
If Jesus is King, He requires our obedience. It means we are called to do what He says, unconditionally. Following Jesus can be hard at times. When we stop and listen to what He wants us to do, or what He wants us to give up (or give away) it can make little sense. These steps of obedience can really push us out of our comfort zones.
There is a powerful line in the film “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” where Lucy asks the Beaver “Is he safe?” (referring to King Aslan). The beaver then replies “Is he safe? No dear he’s a Lion. He’s not safe… but He is good.”
Obeying Jesus requires taking risks. It often involves defying what the world sees as common sense. It is not necessarily safe, but He is good.
Martin Luther once said “Worry is a form of ruling the world instead of letting God do it…you can’t worry and let God be the King. They just don’t go together”. How often do we exert ourselves trying to control every little details of our lives? Believing that we can manipulate our lives and others to achieve the right outcome is utterly exhausting. Believing Jesus to be King means that we trust Him no matter what. Whenever you find yourself in a difficult situation; try saying out loud “Jesus is still King”. When your car breaks down and you are left with a $600 bill; “Jesus is King”. When you are denied a position you have worked hard for; “Jesus is King”. When you lose something that you love and cherish “Jesus is King”. There is a peace that comes upon us when we say and believe these words in the middle of trials!
With Jesus as King, we always live in hope. We believe that this is not our home, the world that we live in will not always be this way, and that one day Jesus will come and will make a new heaven and new earth. We believe that we will spend eternity with Him. Paul summed up his hope perfectly: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. Paul understood that no matter what the circumstances in life there is hope in Christ.
We hope that as we conclude this sermon series you have a better understanding of how God used David to show Himself to us. As a church, we look forward to walking out these truths as a family committed to following King Jesus