Sunday, August 20, 2017

Ending Prayer



Father God, this study helps us to examine our heart; what  we find we turn it over to You in Jesus' name. Please create in us a clean heart and renew the right spirit in us, so we can honor You just as David did. Thank You, Lord. Lord God for making our life to be all that You want us to be; bless our desire to be Your desire; our will to be Your will; our thoughts to be Your thoughts; our ways to be Your ways. This we all pray in Jesus' name, AMEN.

Weekly Reading Assignment:

Proverbs 5-8

 

I have read up to Proverbs the 7th chapter. I must read one more to be up to date with reading assignment.

SHARING

Self-Examination Time:     

 

What can you do today to stay The Course?

 

I would stay confident in the Word when truth evades me; God want us to trust Him always. Believe in His Word and His promise in the Word.

 

Lord, if I am not trusting in You, please show me in what area I am not, amen.

Weekly Prayer of David:

I Chronicles 16: 8-36

 

Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.

10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.

11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth.

15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

16 Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac;

17 And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,

18 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;

19 When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in it.

20 And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people;

21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes,

22 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

23 Sing unto the Lord, all the earth; shew forth from day to day his salvation.

24 Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.

25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised: he also is to be feared above all gods.

26 For all the gods of the people are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.

28 Give unto the Lord, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

29 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

30 Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigneth.

32 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

33 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord, because he cometh to judge the earth.

34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.

36 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the Lord.

SHARING:

This is important to David's character: David walked with God:

 

I did a short study on one of Dr. Charles Stanley's message concerning "Are you walking with God?"  Good question Dr. Stanley!!  In this study we need to examine our life with God, our heart mostly. These are some good responses question I read in his message concerning walking with God, which mean having a heart after God, amen.

 

In light of this study, can you say that you are walking with God? Which ones are true of you? Which ones could use some improvement? What can you do to be more consistent in walking with God, and have a heart after God? What inspires you to persevere in your walk with Him?

Weekly Psalm of King David: Psalm 7

 

Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.

Lord my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;

If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)

Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.

Arise, O Lord, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.

So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.

The Lord shall judge the people: judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.

Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.

11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.

14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.

15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Questions: Answers

 


1).     Who sent Samuel to find David?

God sent Samuel to find David after He removed Saul (Acts 13:22)

 

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

David describe himself as a humble, reverent, respectful, trusting, loving, devoted, faithful, obedient, and repentful, he also recognized God with his praises.

3).     How would you describe Nabal?

He was a mean, selfish, and harsh man.

4).     Who was Nabal's wife?

Abigail was Nabal's wife.

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

She humbled herself and acted quickly by sending food and provision for David and his army.

6).     How did Nabal die?

His heart failed him and he became like a stone, which mean he was in a coma.

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

I would say he had a heart attack, and was in a coma for ten days.

8).     What kind of heart Abigal have?

Abigal had a humble heart, a soft heart, very respectful, a Christian heart.

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

This study says David married Abigal after he married Michal and Jezreel, I don't agree with that; I have not found in the Word where it says David was married to Jezreel, but that this was a place, a plain in a valley, the Plain of Armageddon. Maybe this is in Jewish history, not sure. For me until I learn different, she was his second wife.

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

His desire for women was a weakness; his son Solomon had this same problem too. But God forgave them and still used them; which is where we find God's heart "looked beyond their fault and saw their need." Everything about God has a reason! He chooses the weak thing of this world to confound the things which are mighty; (I Corinthians 1:27)

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

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.

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

This is found in the book of Psalm. David wrote most of them.

13).   Describe David's characteristics.

His dependence upon God 1Sa 13:14 See also 1Sa 23:2,4,9-13Ps 23:1-6Ps 34:1-7Ps 54:1-4Ps 62:1-2Ps 142:1-7

His trust in God 1Sa 17:34-37 See also 1Sa 17:40-51

His loyalty to others 1Sa 20:41-42 See also 2Sa 9:1,6-7

His respect for those in authority 1Sa 24:1-7 See also 1Sa 26:1-25

His deep humanity is evident in his paternal grief 2Sa 18:32-33 See also 2Sa 13:38-392Sa 18:52Sa 19:1-7

David's abilities

He was a strategist and courageous commander 2Sa 8:3-6 See also 1Sa 17:34-472Sa 5:6-10,17-252Sa 8:1,13-141Sa 27:5-11

He was a musician and poet 2Sa 23:1 He played the harp: 1Sa 16:18,231Sa 18:101Sa 19:9-10
2Sa 22:1 pp Ps 18:1 Title He sang; 1Ch 16:7Ps 3:1 TitlePs 34:1 TitlePs 51:1 TitlePs 52:1 TitlePs 54:1 TitlePs 63:1 Title

He was a wise leader 2Sa 8:15 See also 2Sa 7:18-292Sa 15:14,25-29,32-362Sa 16:5-122Sa 19:18-292Sa 21:1-9

His military activities prevented him from building the temple 1Ki 5:31Ch 22:7-8

David's sin and repentance

His adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah 2Sa 11:2-42Sa 12:7-10 See also 2Sa 11:14-17,26-27

His repentance 2Sa 12:13-23Ps 51:1-19

Quiz:



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

2. Which former King of Israel tried to kill David out of envy?

Saul
3. Who was the Prophet that confronted David with his adultery?
Nathan

4. What was the cost of David's sin with Bathsheba?
Their first born would die

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

6. How did David's son Absalom die?

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?
Mephibosheth

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

This Week’s 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

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