2 Samuel 19:9-43

2 Samuel 19:9-43

2 Samuel 19:22Vintage message from September 26, 1999. (Original recording was cut off at the end.)

As I read this chapter…it made me think of the day that Jesus returns once again to this world. Jesus, our King. God has given us in His Word prophecy that says that one day the King will return… This world today has put men over themselves to rule and reign over them. Those men come and go, but this world does not speak of bringing the [true] King back…and it brings me to the question of my own life. How do I feel about the King returning? Do you remember the question several Sundays ago? Who is King? Who has the authority over my life? And we come back to that question. Who has the right to rule and reign over me? What is my heart’s desire? When it comes to knowing God’s Word, when it comes to understanding that one day the King will return, where do I stand? What do I believe about this? Am I one of those that I’m going to go running to Jesus just to curry favor for myself?… Do you respond to God because He caught you? Or, do you respond to God because your heart is broken before the Creator of this universe, the King Who deserves to sit on the throne?…

What works are we doing for God? What is my heart attitude? And this is where God is continually checking my heart. Why am I doing what I’m doing? Am I doing it because He’s asked me to do it? Or, am I doing it because I think someone’s going to take notice or He’s going to take notice, and I’m going to gain something from it? Does the world around me talk of returning the King back to His power and His authority? Outside of these walls, do people truly want to see the King come to His throne?…

There are always people trying to tell the King what to do. When you pray, are you telling the King what to do? Or, are you asking Him what you must do? …Do we offer the King good suggestions? The Creator of this universe, the One Who set the boundaries for the oceans, Who caused all living things that are on the face of this planet to grow, to live, to breathe — and I might offer Him a good suggestion?…

We need to be asking ourself, why have I not spoken of returning the King, allowing the King back into my heart, allowing the King to rule and reign, allowing the King to have the right to share His Word with me and give me direction once again from His Word. And once again I have to confess, you know what, I just don’t always like God’s Word. God’s Word, sometimes, makes me do things I don’t want to do. It tells me I have to obey in a way that I don’t want to obey. It tells me I have to have thoughts that, you know, I like the other thoughts… I’m continually accusing God, and I’m continually challenging God, and I’m continually questioning the throne of God and His right to rule and reign over me. But you know what? In all of the wrong that I live in, in all of the stupidity that I do, in all of the ignorance that I have, there is a King Who…has the capacity to forgive. Regardless what my heart is, and regardless of how wrong I’ve been before Him, regardless of what my motive is when I come and fall on my face before Him, He is a God Who loves to forgive.

Pastor Dave Elkins