Who’s Hearing God – David or Saul?

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David Week 5

1 Samuel 22: 9-23 (NKJV)

Welcome to Nambucca Baptist Church for our Communion service this Sunday 7th February, 2021. A very hot and humid morning greeted us this morning. Despite all sorts of technical and human malfunctions we managed to hang in there and enjoyed one of our more memorable meetings.

Today as we continue our series on David we compare his relationship with God to Saul’s. The Bible passage from 1 Samuel is one of the most disturbing accounts of Saul’s capacity for murder as he orders an entire town of priests killed along with their families and livestock, simply because they had assisted David, not knowing that Saul had ordered him killed. Saul has lost any semblance of the mighty man he was at the beginning and is utterly cut off from the voice of God. David, on the other hand, was rewarded with the appearance of the prophet Gad to guide and direct David as he gradually gathers together a powerful fighting force to counter the efforts of Saul to attack and kill him. David, on the other hand, seems to have had a personal relationship with God almost from birth as we see him pour out his heart in worship and praise in his psalms that we have in our bibles.

Please join us this morning as we gather around the Lord’s table for Holy Communion. If you prepare your elements now you will be able to be a part of our church family when the communion service starts right after the message.

This is where we would normally take up a collection but as you can see we can’t pass an offering bag around online. We have, however, provided a secure online giving facility for you. You can either use the app on your smartphone or just click on the green button on the screen. We have been blessed by the way so many of you have managed to continue to give in various ways so that we can continue with the work of the Lord here in our church and beyond our walls.

To conclude this service I have added the whole of Psalm 52. This is the Psalm that David wrote about the situation with Doeg the Edomite.

Psalm 52 (NKJV)

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of David When Doeg the Edomite Went and Told Saul, and Said to Him, “David Has Gone to the House of Ahimelech.”

1Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually.
2Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
3You love evil more than good, Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah
4You love all devouring words, You deceitful tongue.
5God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
6The righteous also shall see and fear, And shall laugh at him, saying,
7“Here is the man who did not make God his strength, But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.”
8But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
9I will praise You forever, Because You have done it; And in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.

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