Serving God through Disparagement ep15


You know we should be excited about our
walk with God, but sometimes when God begins doing things in our lives other
people around us aren’t nearly as excited about what’s happening with us
as we are. Today on Daily Renewal that’s what we’re gonna talk Hello everybody this is pastor Lyle and
welcome to Daily Renewal, today’s session is titled serving God through
disparagement. You know what I noticed is when God starts doing great things in
your life and you’re really excited about what He’s doing,
not everybody’s as excited about it as you are. Sometimes there’s jealousy, there
are a lot of different things that come into people’s heads when people
start other people start moving ahead, and it’s no different than in our
walk with God. I am going to relay a story today out of
second Samuel and a little bit of background to this story this is David
is bringing the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem, and he’s already
attempted to do it and it didn’t work out real well he didn’t bring it in
the way that God had intended to and it ended up that he was actually angry at
God but once God had started to deal with
him and had the Ark of the Covenant in a guy’s house named Obededom, and
God blessed Obededom’s house; and David after going through what he needed to
go through, he realized some things and he said he thought now is the time to
bring the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem so he’s excited about it, and
as he does that now we pick up the story in verse 12 chapter 6 2nd Samuel says
“Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of obed-edom
and all that belongs to him, because the Ark of God”. So David
went and brought up the Ark of God from the house of obed-edom to the City of
David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the Ark of the Lord had
gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fattened sheep.” and it says “Then
David danced before the Lord with all of his might; and David was wearing a linen
ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord
with shouting and with the sound of a trumpet.
“Now as the Ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal
Saul’s, daughter looked through a window and saw David leaping and whirling
before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
Well isn’t that interesting how there’s two different ways of looking at
what was happening in this story. There was David’s view where David who as a
king he so reverenced God that he actually
got rid of his kingly robes and he danced before the Lord in an ephod. In
other words what David was doing is he said it was trying to show the people
that you know what God is so holy, God is so amazing, God is so mighty, that I’m not
even worthy of calling myself a king in his sight. You know he humbled himself
and he showed to the people that even as the king he needed to be humble in the
presence of God; and so that’s how he showed it. But then on the other hand you
have a totally different view you have his wife, peering through the window who
grew up in royalty remember her dad was the previous King and his heart was not
right before God, and a lot of the things he did I’m sure would have been done to
look good on the outside. And so we see Michal looking at David
and she’s ashamed of the way that David is acting, because he’s not acting like a
king, and the people need to see him as a king. And so we have David who is excited
and humble and we have Michal who’s embarrassed by the actions of her
husband. In then from verse 17 it says “So they brought the Ark of the Lord, and
said it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it.
And then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And
when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed
the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.” and “Then he distributed it among
all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to
everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people
departed, everyone to his house.” Now I want you to picture what this would have
been like for David. Here is David he’s been wanting to bring the Ark in, he
wants to do right by God, he’s a man after God’s own heart, and he finally
brings the Ark of the Covenant in and and he has this amazing experience with
God, and all of the kingdom is watching, and and he feels so good about
it everybody is happy, and he hands out all these raisin
cakes and things I mean he and he’s just having an amazing day an amazing
experience with God. And then he goes home and then reality hits; not everybody
thought that was an amazing day. Now I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed a
lot of times when I have an amazing experience with God, I have to guard
myself, because right afterwards often there will be a form of spiritual attack
and we need to be ready for that. We need to understand that what happens often
with us is, we can have discouragement come to us through people, in this case
we see that discouragement comes through somebody that’s very close to David and
that is his wife. We read on in verse 20 we see that when “David returned to bless
his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, she said, “How
glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of
the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers
himself!” See he comes home and immediately he’s attacked, and
for us we need to be aware that even sometimes people that love us, the enemy
can use them in such a way to get us off track spiritually, to get us to
potentially doubt our experience. This even happened believe it or not with
Jesus in Matthew 16 Matthew 16 just to give you an example how a real spiritual
person somebody that hears from God can even be used by the devil give you an
example. Peter in Matthew 16 we’re looking at from verses 21 to 23 we see
that actually let’s say a little bit further than that Peter in verse 13 “When
Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, is? and So they
said, Oh “Some said that He was John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others
Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” and “He said to them, “But who do you say that I
am? Now this is an important question, because first of all He said who are
people saying that I am? and they answered and then He looks and them says I want to
know from you guys, the one who are the closest to Me. He want to see if they
understood who He was, the ones that hung out with Him the most, and so
from there He says “Who do you say that I am? and “Simon Peter answered and said,
You’re the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” and Jesus was excited about this. He
says “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to
you, but my Father who is in heaven.” “And I also say to you that you are Peter,
and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail
against it.” and can you imagine what that would have been like being Peter. He was
excited because it was obvious that God had spoken to him, and was obvious to
everybody else that God has spoken to Peter as well, and yet the interesting
part is that Jesus begins to predict His death around verse 21 and in verse 22
this is right after this happened Peter hears from God
verse 22 “Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him,” this rebuke Jesus
saying “Far be it from You, Lord; that this shall not happen to You!” and Jesus turned
to Peter and said “Get behind Me, Satan! you are an offense to Me, for you are not
mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” So this
shows us, that we can have people that, that are walking with God, that can be
used by the enemy in a negative way. So back to the story with David; we see that
often the enemy will use people just like you did with Peter and Jesus, the
enemy often uses people that are closest to us, to bring disparagement. To try and
get us to doubt maybe what God has said in our lives. There’s been many times
where I really believe that God has spoken something clearly to me and or
like I said had an experience with God and soon after somebody would come
along, and “Did God really say that?” Well let’s talk about how Dave
handle this disparagement. David’s response we see in verse 21 I’ll just
read from verses 21 to 23 it says “So David said to Michal, it was before the
Lord who chose me instead of your father and all the house to appoint me ruler
over the people of the Lord of over Israel. Therefore I will play music
before the Lord and I will even be more undignified than this and I’ll be humble
in my own sight but as for the maid servants who who you have spoken by them
I we beheld an honor therefore Michal the daughter of Saul
had no children to the day of her death.” Wow! what a reaction, so what does that
say about David’s response. Well the first thing that he did in response, is
he loved her there’s no doubt about it but it’s very clear all through
scripture that those who serve God need to serve God first.
Now he loved his wife, but when he knew that God spoke and he knew that he was
doing what was right in the eyes of God it was important whether his wife liked
it or whether she didn’t, he was gonna serve God first. That was the first thing
that he did. The second thing we see is that he understood that not only did he
humble himself, but when he was questioned about his motives with this
by his wife, his first response was you know what I’m trying to show you that
I’m humbling myself before God, but I have to be even more undignified, I’ll go
even further if I have to. Rather than try to be manipulated in this situation
to calm it down I’ve got a lot left in the tank. In other words I got a lot more
than if I have to go even further I will, because God is so worth it. The third
principle that we see here as he realized you know it’s amazing how his
wife actually took the idea of the maidservants looking at him and what
will they think, well David understood that it’s through true humility before
God that others who are serving God would totally understand and respect
what David was trying to do. Those very maidservants that his wife said
would look at him and mock or see him in the wrong way, he says no, no in fact if
those people want to see an example of somebody that is giving everything for
God they saw it today and they will respect that. You know there’s going to
be people that don’t like what’s happening in your life, but I’m gonna
tell you this. There’s others that are watching and as you serve God with
everything that you have it will be a great example of them, and it will
encourage them to do the same and that’s what the church needs today.
It needs people that are excited about God because it’ll encourage others to
say you know what obviously there’s more to go in my life, there’s further places
that God wants to bring me and let me tell you that serving God is exciting, it
is amazing when you choose to make Jesus Christ first in your life. So be a light
be somebody that shines bright for Jesus and it’ll encourage others to do so as
well. And we also need to remember in Matthew 10:33 Jesus said “Whoever denies
Me before men, him I will also deny before my Father who is in heaven.” The
question you need to ask yourself when in anything in to do with how you’re
serving God, are you doing things that would deny Him before men, David did not
do that David was more than willing to say if
men are watching I’m given everything I have. Well I hope you got something out of
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