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Discover the Book - Feb. 28, 2009

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The Song of a Soul Set Free

 

Today we need to soberly look at a story of two men. These two men towered over their generations. These two men held the highest offices to be had on earth. Yet from their privileged position one is elevated to heavenly proportions and the other slips hellishly down. 

One started a royal line that shall never end. Even to this day his name is spoken and sung with the joys of heaven. The other ended his miserable earthly life apostate, hardened and distant from God. Blinded by bitterness, driven by pride, shackled by fear he spends his last supper with a witch at Satan’s side, dines on an ox roasted by a fire that would soon roast his tormented soul. 

David and Saul Contrasted

Yes, King Saul and King David are a striking contrast in so many ways. 

King Saul was a colossal misfit because he refused to learn God's way to deal with sin. He was a prince of a man and a demon of a man. He was a study in paradoxes. Saul was a total contradiction in God's sight:

  • From man’s perspective he was tall but, in God's sight he was very short of God's plan;
  • Humanly speaking he was quite handsome outwardly, but when his heart was exposed as the Lord sees, he had an ugly heart of sin.
  • His body was physically strong but within that body was incredible spiritual weakness.
  • As king he was among the richest people of Israel, but his real condition was utter spiritual bankruptcy.
  • Saul look healthy on the outside but the cancer of sin was rotting him internally.
  • God says who we really are spiritually is far more crucial than what we look like on the outside!

Saul’s Trail of Damning Disobedience: 

  • Saul was presumptuous with God’s Grace. He intrudes into office of priest 1 Sam 13.8-10.
  • Saul was impatient with God's Timing. There he was alone, his military resources running out, Saul only saw the ritual as important and not the faith that prompts obedience I Samuel 13:11-12. To offer sacrifices was not legal for Saul:
  • GOD HAD A CHOSEN TIME: 1 Samuel 10:8 “You shall go down before me to Gilgal; and surely I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and make sacrifices of peace offerings. Seven days you shall wait, till I come to you and show you what you should do.” NKJV The crisis of the moment revealed what Saul was really like on the inside. It revealed his character. His character was one that disobeyed God in the crisis. He was his own boss, the Lord had not become his Master. His goals were more important than the Lord's. His reputation was more important than God's.
  • GOD HAD A CHOSEN PLACE  Deuteronomy 12:13 “Take heed to yourself that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every place that you see; 14 “but in the place which the Lord chooses, in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you. NKJV
  • GOD DEMANDS OBEDIENCE: Saul had plenty of excuses but Samuel gets to the heart of the problem as he says,  1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. NKJV
  • SAUL WAS CARELESS WITH GOD’S TRUTH.  he had God's words (he had prophesied under the power of God's Spirit in (I Samuel 10: ; 19:20) but  not His thoughts. Because of this he took everything as a sign for what he had planned to do. He thought (23:7) God had delivered David into his murderous hands. When you are out of touch with the Lord only confusion follows.
  • HIS REPENTANCE TO GOD WAS FALSE. He had ungodly regret rather than godly mourning  1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.” NKJV
  • HIS RELATIONSHIP TO GOD WAS FALSE. Saul actually admits his lack of a personal knowledge God. 1 Samuel 15:30 Then he said, “I have sinned; yet honor me now, please, before the elders of my people and before Israel, and return with me, that I may worship the Lord your God.” NKJV
  • HIS HEART BEFORE GOD WAS FALSE. 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” NKJV 

So dies Saul, an apostate. One who experienced the Word of God, the Spirit of God, the power of God and the leading of God - and willfully turns from it! Apostates know the truth and have received knowledge from God, but then turn from it.

From his last supper King Saul completes his despair and  defeat by his death. So he dies in his sin, a murderous, wicked, bitter and angry old man. He is slain by one of the very people he was to exterminate, the Amalekites! He like so many others came so close to God and ended so far from God eternally! 

What about that other man who sinned? How did David do? Where are the lessons David learned in this horrible pit of sin? Forever recorded in Psalm 32 “The Song of a soul set free” 

  • David sings with DELIGHT when his SINS WERE CLEANSED v. 1-2  Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
  • David sings in DESPAIR when his SINS WERE CONCEALED  v. 3-4  When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
  • David sings of DELIVERANCE when his SINS WERE CONFESSED v. 5-7 I acknowledged my sin to You,  And my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found;  Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
  • David sings about his DESIRE that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED v. 8-11 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,  Which have no understanding,  Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,  Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart! 

David’s Song of DELIGHT when his SINS WERE CLEANSED v. 1-2

Three Hebrew Words for Forgiveness in Psalm 32:

 

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