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“But the gospel transforms us so our self-understanding is no longer based on our performance in life. We are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us. We were so lost that nothing less than the death of the divine Son of God could save us. But we are so loved and valued that he was willing to die for us. The Lord of the universe loved us enough to do that! So the gospel humbles us into dust and at the very same time exalts us to the heavens. We are sinners but completely loved and accepted in Christ at the same time. … He saw your heart to the bottom and loved you to the skies.” Tim Keller
David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalaht in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it,t and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals. When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah. David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, "How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?" He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household. Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets. 2 Samuel 6:1-15
FAKE priests and and FALSE gods (see 1 Samuel 6) are NEVER going to know the correct way to approach and please God. Do not try to copy their ways or model our actions and lifestyle upon the standards they set. David made the mistake of copying the Philistines method of transporting the ark, on a new cart. But this was not the way that God had commanded His ark be transported. False spirituality and false religions may contain a grain of truth and may sound good and spiritual – but they are corrupt and wrong and not the way to develop your relationship with God or seek Him.
You cannot make your own way to God. it will be like a new cart. it may look good on the outside… but is not acceptable to God.
A new cart might look good.
It might be clean and brand spanking new.
It might look good on the surface.
But it sure isn’t the way God commanded the Ark to be carried and transported.
It it isn’t following God’s ways then a new cart just doesn’t cut it. It doesn’t make the grade or impress God.
We don’t want to have lives that are like a new cart. Might look good on the outside but when you examine the heart – it falls way short.
Our lives need to be lining up with what God says in His Word and obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit will not contradict His Word. That is an impossibility.
If we flick back to look at john 15 – and just a tad before that in john 14 we see something black and white.
Jesus replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. John 14:23
He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. John 14:24
If you love Jesus you will obey what He commands, in the Word and to you specifically through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. What is your conscience saying about how you are living your life?
You wont make it on a new cart.
Don’t settle for second best. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t give up.
We are only satisfied and fulfilled when we are living authentically connected with God. He guides us and cares for us. He is knowable. Not far off and indifferent. He has a plan for your life. He desires to work in you and through you. He will do awesome things through lives that are consecrated to Him.
We shouldn’t want to be part of a generation that is settling for new carts and a small buzz. Knowing God is awesome. Encountering God is incredible. God is the same today as He was yesterday. And He will be tomorrow.
David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 2 Samuel 5:4
Human promises are limited by our limited perspective and our limited ability to keep them. The promises from our Creator, the Creator of the world and universe, can only be completely reliable. God was there in the beginning and has seen the end. Because he is eternal and outside the dimensions of time God has a unique view of history. Through his promises recorded in the bible, his words to us, we can understand the order of time and it’s ultimate purpose. Sound of a Soft Breath
the road to kingship was longer and harder than anyone would have predicted.
from battling giants and mad men, to running for his life, from training his men and living and surviving the wilderness, David didn’t give up. he kept his eyes fixed on the prize and trusted in God’s timing. he didn’t take the opportunities to force the issue by killing Saul himself but he waited for the Lord’s timing.
David went from been a shepherd boy to king – but through a process of time and training.
Trust in God’s timing for your life.
No matter how obscure you feel now, be faithful because God is faithful. He is the promise keeper.
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, "You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off." They thought, "David cannot get in here." Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David. On that day David had said, "Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies." That is why they say, "The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace." David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him. 2 Samuel 5:6-10
don’t let anyone restrict you or discourage you. GOD IS WITH YOU.
GOD WITH YOU empowers you to overcome the obstacles in your life.
GOD WITH YOU empowers you to succeed.
GOD IS WITH YOU nullify the circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, could crush and disqualify and discourage.
the city of jerusalem was fortified extensively. it was impenetrable. the israelites had tried before and failed. the jebusites said that even the blind and the lame would be able to overcome and defeat David, but GOD WITH HIM meant that David overcame the obstacles of the defences of Jerusalem.
and when he conquered it – he renamed it – city of David – a loud declaration of success.
in our lives we face things that can appear as impenetrable fortified cities – with no way in and no hope of victory. it may be family circumstances, relationship breakdowns, illness, financial problems. anything. the devil seeks to taunt us, as the jebusites did saying the blind and the lame will beat you, and say there is no chance to overcome but through Jesus Christ we have victory. God makes a way where there seems no way.
The people called Jebusites are possibly the descendants of one Jebus, who in turn is then a descendant of Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:16). However, Jebus as a name is also applied to Jerusalem (Judges 19:10, 1 Chronicles 11:4), and the Jebusites may just be the townsfolk of Jebus, all somehow descended from Canaan, but not necessarily through a younger single ancestor. The Jebusites were probably the first settlers of the area that would later be Jerusalem. King David’s capital was originally Hebron, but moved it to Jerusalem after conquering it from the Jebusites (2 Samuel 5:6-10). It should be noted that prior to David’s annexation of Jerusalem, Israel once before conquered, burned and apparently abandoned Jerusalem (Judges 1:8) The Meaning of Jebusite
choose who you listen to. if David listened to the jebusites… or to goliath… he could have given up in defeat. but he chose to listen to the promises of God, that God was with Him and that God was faithful and that God was his deliverer. be careful who you let speak into your life. interestingly the name Jebus (see above) comes from the Hebrew verb (bus) meaning to trample down. their intention was to trample down David and to trample down his living out the call of God on his life. don’t listen to people who want to trample you down, listen to those who want to build you up.
When my daughters were single-digit ages—two, five, and seven—I wowed them with a miracle. I told them the story of Moses and the manna and invited them to follow me on a wilderness trek through the house.
“Who knows,” I suggested, “manna may fall from the sky again.”
We dressed in sheets and sandals and did our best Bedouin hike through the bedrooms. The girls, on my instruction, complained to me, Moses, of hunger and demanded I take them back to Egypt, or at least to the kitchen. When we entered the den, I urged them to play up their parts: groan, moan, and beg for food.
“Look up,” I urged. “Manna might fall any minute.”
Two-year-old Sara obliged with no questions, but Jenna and Andrea had their doubts. How can manna fall from a ceiling?
Just like the Hebrews. “How can God feed us in the wilderness?”
Just like you? You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar. Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert. “How can I face my future?” God tells you what I told my daughters: “Look up.”
When my daughters did, manna fell! Well, not manna, but vanilla wafers dropped from the ceiling and landed on the carpet. Sara squealed with delight and started munching. Jenna and Andrea were old enough to request an explanation.
My answer was simple. I knew the itinerary. I knew we would enter this room. Vanilla wafers fit safely on the topside of the ceiling-fan blades. I had placed them there in advance. When they groaned and moaned, I turned on the switch.
God’s answer to the Hebrews was similar. Did he know their itinerary? Did he know they would grow hungry? Yes and yes. And at the right time, he tilted the manna basket toward earth.
And what about you? God know what you need and where you’ll be. Any chance he has some vanilla wafers on tomorrow’s ceiling fans? Trust him. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:33-34).
by Max Lucado