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Summary: David’s Song of Praise (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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David’s song of praise

Reading:

• 2 Samuel chapter 22 verses 1-51.

• 2 Samuel chapter 23 verses 1-7.

• At least seventy-three of the psalms are assigned to David,

• But his last one is found here in 2 Samuel chapters 22-23.

• The phrase in chapter 23 verse 1: “These are the last words of David:”

• Do not mean they are the very last words that David ever spoke.

• Rather they mean the ‘last words’ that God inspired him to write.

Ill:

• When we use that word "inspired” or “inspiration";

• Do not think of it the same way the world thinks of it;

• e.g. when it says; "Shakespeare was certainly an inspired writer."

• What we mean by biblical inspiration:

• Is that the Holy Spirit ‘guided’ and ‘breathed upon’ the Bible’s writers;

• Each wrote using their own personalities and styles;

• But were guided along by the Spirit of God.

• ill: It’s the idea of wind filling a sailing ship and moving it in a certain direction;

• So God moved, guided, lead his people to write his words.

• ill: In the Old Testament again and again; nearly 4,000 times we read:

• “The word of the Lord came to me” or “Thus says the Lord”.

• Each wrote using their own personalities and styles

• Quote: ‘Truth through personality’;

• But were guided along by the Spirit of God.

• Quote: Dr J.I. Packer:

• “Men no more gave us the Bible than Sir Isaac Newton gave us the law of gravity”.

• So the phrase in verse 1: “These are the last words of David:”

• Do not mean they are the very last words that David spoke.

• Rather they mean the ‘last words’ that God inspired him to write.

Background:

• As we pick up the story David has lived a full life;

• In every area of his life he has experienced both the heights and the depths.

• Bland, ordinary, dull are not words you associate with David!

• Quote: John Lennon:

• “Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.”

• Not for David – he had experienced life in all its varied colours.

• Quote: Erma Bombeck

• “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.”

• David had learnt to seize the moment & to make the most of each opportunity.

As we enter these final chapters David has entered what we might call his twilight years.

• David often had to trust God in impossible circumstances,

• And again at the end of his life he would once again need God’s help in his life!

Note: Three major events in David’s life provided preparation for this song:

• Often songs come out of personal experience.

• ill: Love songs or the genre called the blues are a classic example of that

• ill: Our hymns & choruses are borne out of personal circumstances.

Ill:

Martin Rinckart lived in Eilenberg, Germany.

• He had arrived there just as the Thirty Years’ War began in 1618,

• Perhaps the most devastating war in history.

• Germany’s population was decimated,

• Falling from 16 million to 6 million.

• Because Eilenberg was walled,

• Refugees from the entire country came there seeking safety.

• Unfortunately many brought disease into the crowded city.

• When the plague of 1637 ravaged the town,


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