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Discover the Book - Aug. 5, 2008

  • 2008 Aug 05
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Cave of Troubles - Discontent

Those Who Were Discontented

Then the third group—those who were discontented—came to David. They were bitter of soul, discontented with life. Many in Israel who were attempting to make an honest living saw the injustice of Saul’s reign, saw the way things were going, and one day dropped their tools, left it all, and went out to join up with David. And many today who are discontented with this world know that they can’t find anything that satisfies in this world.

The Hebrew word for the discontented is actually the simple word for bitterness of the soul. Everyone who came to David had some poison of bitterness ravaging their soul. (Hebrew word number 4751 mar means ‘bitter’)

What a picture of the world we live around these Scriptural scenes portray. The word discontented or literally ‘bitter of soul’ 

  • LIKE ESAU WHO LOST IT ALL. Genesis 27:34-35 When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me—me also, O my father!” 35 But he said, “Your brother came with deceit and has taken away your blessing.”
  • LIKE THE POISONED WATERS OF MARAH. Exodus 15:23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.
  • LIKE THE WATER OF THE CURSE FOR INFIDELITY. Numbers 5:18 Then the priest shall stand the woman before the Lord, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And the priest shall have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse.
  • LIKE THE HOPELESSNESS OF BITTER TEARS OVER CHILDLESSNESS FOR HANNAH. 1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.
  • LIKE THOSE ENRAGED BY FEAR. 2 Samuel 17:8 For,” said Hushai, “you know your father and his men, that they are mighty men, and they are enraged in their minds, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field; and your father is a man of war, and will not camp with the people.
  • LIKE THOSE AWAITING EXECUTION THAT HAVE NO HOPE. Esther 4:1 When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry.
  • LIKE WORDS THAT ARE SPOKEN TO CAUSE INTENTIONAL WOUNDING AND PAIN. Psalm 64:3 Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, And bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words, 

All over the world today there is a simmering discontentment. We are really heading towards some dark days as Christ's words foretold in Matthew 24. Because of the corruption and injustice of the world, a great many people are seeking a change. Are you discontented today?

These desperate men after listening to David became his mighty men who led his army to victory for 40 years! Personally, I think the greatest period in the life of David was the time when he was gathering mighty men around him. 

If you stop to think about it—this is exactly what Christ is doing today. Jesus Christ is sending out the invitation. He is gathering a group of desperate sinners, hopelessly in debt because of sin, distressed with life, and discontented to the point of despair—and giving us life that is forgiven, and filled with His abundant joy. 

Remember that all this trouble in David’s life started when God took the kingdom from Saul because he refused to live by the new heart God had given him.  

  • God then gave the kingdom to David because David was “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14).  
  • David pleased God’s heart because God pleased David’s heart. “I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart,” he sang (Ps. 9:1).  
  • David’s deepest desire was, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” (Ps. 19:14).  
  • David prayed, “Examine me, O Lord, and try me; test my mind and my heart” (Ps. 26:2).  
  • And, when God told David, “Seek My face,” David’s heart replied, “Thy face, O Lord, I shall seek” (Ps. 27:8).

Where are you today? Still distressed, in debt and discontent? Or have you come to the One who died for you, offers to save you—and gives life that is real and abundant?

Are you forgiven? Do you know the security of fleeing to Christ as your personal refuge? If not do so today!

 

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