Dreams

There is an important dimension to hanging tough that you dare not miss. It is the thing that keeps you going. I call it a dream. I don’t mean those things we experience at night while we’re asleep. No, by dream, I mean a God-given idea, plan, agenda, or goal that leads to God-honoring results.

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Penetrating the Darkness

Are times hard? Are days of trouble upon you? When times are tough, the Lord is our only security. David assures us in his song that the Lord delights in us; He sees and cares about what is happening in our lives, this very moment.

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Downward Steps of Sin

Tracing the downward steps in David’s eroding family relationships, we now have Absalom murdering Amnon, a brother murdering a brother. “The sword will never depart out of your household, David.” Here he is groaning under the ache of that prediction.

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Riding Out the Storm

David refused to give up. When suffering the backwash of sin, our tendency is to say, “I am through. I am finished with living. Life isn’t worth it any longer.” But look at what David did: he “comforted his wife Bathsheba.”

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The Consequences of Sin

Nathan didn’t come on his own; he was sent by God: “Then the LORD sent Nathan to David.” I think the most important word in that sentence is the first one, “then.” God’s timing is absolutely incredible.

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Who Am I?

God does not call everybody to build temples. He calls some people to be soldiers. He calls some people to do the gutsy work in the trenches. He calls some people to compose and conduct music. God has all kinds of creative ways to use us—ways we can’t even imagine and certainly can’t see up there around the next bend in the road.

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When God Says “No”

“David, you will know the delight of having a son by whom this temple will be built. Not through your efforts, but through your son the dream will be fulfilled.”

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The Interludes of Life

David brought the ark of God up to Jerusalem and back to the people of Israel. It had begun to bother him that the ark of God was in a tent while he lived in a beautiful house. So he got the idea in his mind to build a permanent residence for God in which to house all the sacred furniture.

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True Freedom

Why in the world would they get so excited about it? Because they’re free. When you obey, you’re free. When you disobey, you’re in bondage. All around us we see individuals in bondage because they’re in sin, and all they talk about is freedom. They’re not free. The obedient guy dancing is free.

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Principles vs. Precepts

What an epitaph! Not, “I found David to be a great warrior,” or, “I found David to be a faithful shepherd,” or, “I found David to be a brilliant king”—none of those things. It says, “I found David to care about the things I care about. He’s a man whose heart beats in sync with Mine.

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