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Discover the Book - July 11, 2007

  • 2007 Jul 11

David: Finding the Treasures of God




To know God is the greatest treasure in all of life. The treasure of knowing God comes to us through His Word. Are you finding the treasures of God? He has left them out in plain sight in His Book the Bible.


Please open with me to one of the most treasure laden chapters in the Bible—Psalm 51.


These 19 verses have been the source of hope to many troubled by sin, comforting more repentant hearts than nearly any other chapter of the Bible.


History records some amazing events; times when people have walked over treasures of immense value—usually without even knowing it.


That is often what happens when we get so used to a place that we can walk almost without noticing anything around us.


That familiarity with our physical surroundings can also happen to us spiritually. We can almost think that we have exhausted a passage of God's Word and when we come to it we only see what we saw before and so we just pass on by.


That can also happen when we open week after week to the same chapter of the Bible here as we gather at church. As we return week after week to Psalm 51, it can become common, familiar and almost a place where we notice nothing new. The only solution is to ask the Lord to open our eyes and heart every time we enter His Word. The Lord can make every entrance into His Word yield great treasures.


That reminds me of a bit of American History that has always fascinated me.


Gold was found at the head of Six-Mile Canyon in the territory of Nevada in 1859 by two miners named Pat McLaughlin and Peter O'Reilly. A fellow miner, Henry Comstock, stumbled upon their find and claimed it was on his property. The gullible McLaughlin and O'Reilly believed him and assured Comstock a place in history when the giant lode was named.


Soon multitudes of treasure seeking miners, lured by gold fever, began following the vein of gold up the canyon. They spent each day slogging their way up and down that narrow Six Mile Canyon chipping the outcropping of gold encased in quartz. Though they labored feverishly it was slow going for two reasons—the quartz was so hard to break, and the only way to their mining claims was that unusual canyon filled with strange, heavy, almost glue like mud, it’s entire length.


Day after day miners complained that the biggest problem in this grubstake paradise was the sticky blue-gray mud that clung to their boots, their wagons, their picks and shovels. But they slogged on day after day and week after week. It seemed like their feet were covered with lead and the tools would become too heavy to lift the longer they worked.


Finally one miner, new on the scene, saw the mud differently.


He immediately scraped the mud off his boot at the assayer’s office and asked for an analysis of why it was so heavy.


When the mud was assayed, it proved to be silver ore worth over $2,000 a ton in 1859 dollars! That was a dollar per shovel full then or at 2006 silver prices it was equal to--$100 for every shovel scooped up and hauled away. No wonder some of the legendary California fortunes like the Crocker Bank of California and the William Randolph Heart empire both began here.


The rest is history. They had all been walking through the Comstock Lode. Beneath their feet in the sticky blue-gray mud that day in 1859 laid $400,000,000.00 worth of silver.


The common mud that thousands of miners had walked on for months was the greatest lode of silver ever discovered in all of history. Far more valuable than the gold they had feverishly chipped from the hard quartz veins in the mountain sides, was the silver laden mud.


All they had to do was stop and scoop it up!


Don’t walk through Psalm 51 or any other portion of God's Word again without scraping what you find off in the Presence of the Lord—ask him to tell you how much it is worth. Then start a life long habit of scooping up the treasures of His Word. It will be a spiritual fortune.


Our return to Psalm 51 is part of a careful look at the three final eras of David’s life. The twenty or so years after David’s sin with Bathsheba (when he was about age 50) divide into three distinct lessons that are captured for our learning by God's Word. May I underline once more in your mind where we are, and where we are headed?


Over Psalm 51 as well as Psalm 32 and 38 you should write these words in your hearts and minds—“Unguarded Moments Lead to Sin”. We must never isolate the Psalms that flow from a period of David’s life (like Psalm 32, 38, and 51) from the inspired record of that period. Let me trace the three periods of David’s final days and the inspired record of God’s perspective on the events that surround those Psalms.

  • Unguarded Moments lead to SIN—Uriah and Bathsheba. The saddest chapter, the darkest and the event we all wince at—is his sin with Bathsheba. God gives us a Divine record of those moments and days in 2nd Samuel 11-12. Out of this time period Psalms flow explaining the effects of what I call “David’s Unguarded Moments that led to SIN”. These are Psalm 32; 38; 51. That is what we are concluding in this study today.
  • Inevitable Consequences lead to PAIN—Absolom and Shimei. Eleven chapters record the many years of painful consequences because of David’s sin from 2nd Samuel 12-21, and 24. This inspired record of that period that I call “David’s Inevitable Consequences that led to Pain” explains the Psalms that flow from David’s PAIN. These are Psalms are 3; 31; 55; 63.
  • Humble Obedience leads to JOY—Solomon, and the Temple. And last, the final days of David’s life. When we see that despite the failures of Bathsheba incident—David truly was after God’s own heart. We see him end well, using his final days for God’s glory. Four chapters capture these years in 2nd Samuel 22-23 and I Kings 1-2. The Psalms that flow from this final era I call “David’s Humble Obedience that leads to JOY” are Psalms 18; 71.


As we examine these lessons from David, they are very difficult but so necessary. For any and all of us today ring Paul’s words across the centuries as a reminder to stay in the diligent study of God's Word. Turn there with me next—


2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Every shovelful of the Scriptures that we prayerfully dig through in our devotional quiet time can yield something powerful from God's Word for each of us. As Paul said, all Scripture was designed by God and given by God to do something in our lives. Note the six phrases Paul uses:


  • “…profitable for doctrine”, (That is God teaching us what is RIGHT). This Greek word disdaskalia refers to the content or message of God's Word not the particular method or means of communicating it.
  • “…for reproof”, (That is God teaching us what is WRONG). This Greek word elegmos refers to using God's Word to point out errors in conduct or belief.
  • “…for correction”, (That is God teaching us how to get RIGHT). This Greek word epanorthosis refers to using God's Word for restoring someone back on their feet after stumbling or falling; it is the edification and building up ministry of God's Word.
  • “…for instruction in righteousness”: (That is God teaching us how to stay RIGHT). This Greek word paideia refers to using God's Word for positive training and discipling us in righteousness.
  • “…that the man of God may be complete”, (That is God teaching us He is ENOUGH). This Greek word artios refers to the reality that God's Word makes us complete and capable to be proficient for anything God call us to do.
  • “…thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (That is God teaching us how to SERVE). This Greek word exartidzo could be paraphrased, “enabled to meet all demands of righteousness.” When we are mended by God's Word (that is what equipped mean) we are then able to build up and help strengthen the lives of those around us.

So, as we turn back again to Psalm 51, we are entering a portion of Scripture that is

  • profitable for doctrine (God teaching us what is right about David’s response to his sin),
  • for reproof (God pointing out what was wrong in David’s life that led to his sin),
  • for correction (God explaining to us how to get right with Him using David as an example),
  • for instruction in righteousness (God directing us how to stay right with Him again using David as a real living and breathing example);
  • That each believer may be complete (God reminding us that He is more than enough for all we will need through life as we see His dealings with David the most recorded life in the Bible),
  • Thoroughly equipped for every good work (God teaching us how we can serve Him like we saw in David’s life before he failed, after he failed, and for the rest of our lives).


First, a quick reminder of the four main ideas of Psalm 51. David says, I--


  • #1 David said, I…Saw that all Sin is Against God. (Psalm 51:1-4)
  • #2 David said, I …Took the blame for my sin and repented. (Psalm 51:5-9)
  • #3 …Asked for help, because only God can cleanse and restore. (Psalm 51:10-13)
  • #4 …Sought God for a fresh start. (Psalm 51:14-19)


We have already studied the first seven verses. This morning we will begin with verse 8, as we watch David taking the blame for his sin and repenting.


When David repented he needed joyfulness v. 8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.


As sinners we lose our joy. He says I have lost my song, I don’t hear Your joyful song anymore.


When David repented he longed for fellowship with God v. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.


In Eden we saw Adam and Eve hiding from God. Sin separates and blinds us to God’s Presence. So David wants instead fro the sin that blinds and separates to be taken away. He wants God more than any sin.


Thirdly, David explains, I …Asked for help, because only God can cleanse and restore. (Psalm 51:10-13)


David knew that only God could give him a new beginning. v. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.


This word “create” speaks of what only God can do by his gracious power.


We must never think that God’s forgiving grace, wonderful as it is, either permits or encourages us to go on sinning.… “Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?” asked Paul. He answered, “By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Rom. 6:1–2).


Remember the ending of the story of Jesus and the woman trapped in adultery in John 8? Christ's concluding words are so important, and so overlooked. They are another treasure of God's Word.


[Having forgiven her, Jesus] added in John 8:11, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


This message will conclude tomorrow July 12th.

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