The Heart of it All

Intro:

A. Saul Is dead

  • David becomes the King of Judah

B. David was anointed king when he was 17ish

  • He waited on the Lord

2 Samuel 5:3–5 NLT - So there at Hebron, King David made a covenant before the Lord with all the elders of Israel. And they anointed him king of Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in all. He had reigned over Judah from Hebron for seven years and six months, and from Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years.

  • 30 years old when he began what god had called him to do.

C. David the insignificant shepherd boy.

  • We look at that and think God made him King in spite of being a lowly shepherd.

  • What we need to see that God made him King because he was a lowly shepherd.

2 Samuel 5:1–2 NLT - Then all the tribes of Israel went to David at Hebron and told him, “We are your own flesh and blood. In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the one who really led the forces of Israel. And the Lord told you, ‘You will be the shepherd of my people Israel. You will be Israel’s leader.’ ”

  • They affirm David’s calling. To be the shepherd of the people.

Romans 8:28 NLT - And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

God has a plan for you. Don’t doubt it. If you and I are ever going to learn to worship God we have realize down deep that God has a purpose for me.

I. Realization

A. David was mighty because he was sure

  • What was he sure of? That God will use him.

B. What would you be like if you were sure.

  • God wants to affirm you. Did you know that?

  • God wants you to be sure about Him.

2 Peter 1:10 NLT - So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away.

C. He calls us to worship because in worship we affirm us.

  • When we give Him love we will see the Love he gives us.

D. David was putting things together.

  • His life as a shepherd

  • His anointing as king

  • He takes Jerusalem, the city of Salem. The place where Melchizedek reigned and blessed Abraham.

2 Samuel 5:12 NLT - And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel

II. Responsibility

A. The fear factor

  • When we speak of being responsible for something, we are afraid.

B. What is my responsibility?

  • Here at A fresh wind we call it your everyday people. That just means the people around you that you can influence.

1 Peter 5:1–4 NLT - And now, a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder and a witness to the sufferings of Christ. And I, too, will share in his glory when he is revealed to the whole world. As a fellow elder, I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example. And when the Great Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of never-ending glory and honor.

  • We shepherd not by Lording over someone. Trying to shame them into right living or pestering them to death with advice.

  • We lead them. Come this way.

C. He calls us to worship so can accept responsibility.

Isaiah 6:8 NLT - Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

  • He found himself in a worship service in heaven. He jumped in with both feet.

  • When we worship and practice the presence of God we realize the who God is and we will take up responsibility in His name.

Romans 14:12–13 NLT - Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.

III. Worship is the key / the heart of it all

A. We have to learn to be in God presence.

  • We are so distracted.

B. Not everyone is going to love you for it.

2 Samuel 6:14–15 NLT - And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment. So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

  • He was excited and danced and sang.

2 Samuel 6:16 NLT - But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him.

  • What happened? He embarrassed her.

2 Samuel 6:21–22a NLT - David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”

  • Worship should never be dependent on others.

C. Worship is the heart of it all.

  • It restores us

  • Let worship cheer you on

  • Let it pick you up

Nehemiah said, “the Joy of the Lord is our strength!

Summary

The realization that you are chosen and have a purpose and embracing the responsibility of that will change your life. That life cannot be sustained without worship. We need to practice the presence of God in our lives. To come to the mountain and Be on the mountain.