Summary: These sermons served as the foundation for Max’s newest book, Facing Your Giants. It is never too late to get up when you have been knocked down.
These sermons served as the foundation for Max’s newest book, Facing Your Giants.
THEME: It is never too late to get up when you have been knocked down.
Introduction: In Max Lucado’s book, Facing Your Giants, he relates the story that was not David’s finest hour. David had been hiding from Saul who wanted to kill him. David became weary and decided to flee to the enemy. Have you ever given up? Been in a slump? Most of us have. Goliath owns a slump gun: a custom-designed, twelve zillion scope. It fires, not bullets, but sadness. It takes, not lives, but smiles. It inflicts, not flesh wounds, but faith wounds. Relationships sour. Skies darken and billow. Your nights defy the sunrise. You’ve been slumped. Problems are Sioux. You are Custer. You feel like you’re on your last stand.
Transition: David feels like this is his last stand. .
I. David Wore Out
Saul has been getting the best of David, leaving him sleeping in caves, lurking behind trees. Six hundred soldiers depend on David for leadership and provision. These six hundred men have wives and children. David has two wives of his own (all but guaranteeing tension in his tent).
Running from a crazed king. Hiding in hills. Leading a ragtag group of soldiers. Feeding more than a thousand mouths. The slump gun finds its mark. David reasons that Saul will kill him one day. So, the best thing to do is to go to the camp of the enemy, so that Saul will stop searching for him. (1 Sam. 27:1)
No hope and, most of all, no God. David focuses on Saul. He hangs Saul’s poster on his wall and replays his voice messages. David immerses himself in his fear until his fear takes over: “I will be destroyed.”
He knows better. On brighter days and in healthier moments, David modeled heaven’s therapy for the tough days. The first time he faced the Philistines in the wilderness, “David inquired of the Lord” (1 Sam.23:2). When he felt small against his enemy, “David inquired of the Lord” (1 Sam. 23:4). When attacked by the Amalekites, “David inquired of the Lord” (1 Sam. 30:8). Puzzled about what to do after the death of Saul, “David inquired of the Lord” (2 Sam 2:1). When crowned as king and pursued by the Philistines, “David inquired of the Lord” (2 Sam. 5:19). David defeated them, yet they mounted another attack, so “David inquired of the Lord” (2 Sam. 5:23). David kept God’s number on speed dial.
Confused? David talked to God. Challenged? He talked to God. Afraid? He talked to God…most of the time. But not this time. On this occasion, David talks to himself. He doesn’t even seek the counsel of his advisers. When Saul first lashed out, David turned to Samuel. As the attacks continued, David turned to Samuel. As the attacks continued, David asked Jonathan for advice. When weapons and breadless, he took refuge among the priests of Nob. In this case, however, David consults David. Poor choice. David had forgotten that God led. But in a wave of weariness, David hits the slump button and gives up.
Transition: Once David gives up, he gets out.
II. David Got Out
So David leaves, and Saul calls off the hunt. David defects into the hands of the enemy. He leads his men into the land of idols and false gods and pitched his tent in Goliath’s backyard. He plops down in the pasture of Satan himself.
Initially, David feels relief. Saul gives up the chase. David’s men can sleep with both eyes closed. Children can attend kindergarten, and the wives can unpack the suitcases. Hiding out with the enemy brings temporary relief. Doesn’t it always? Stop resisting alcohol, and you’ll laugh - for a while. Move out on your spouse, and you’ll relax - for a time. Indulge in the porn, and you’ll be entertained - for a season. But soon guilt, loneliness, heartbreak rushes in. “There is a way that seems right to a man , but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Transition: David “wore out”, so he “got out”, and finally he “sold out.”
III. David Sold Out
David strikes a deal with Achish, the king of Gath, that if the king would give David a city to dwell in, David would become his “Servant” (1 Sam. 27:5). Note David’s self-assigned title: the “servant” of the enemy king. The once-proud son of Israel and Conqueror of Goliath lifts a toast to the foe of his family. Achish welcomes the deal. He grants David a village, Ziklag, and asks only that David turn against his own people and kill them. As far as Achish knows, David does. But David actually raids the enemy of the Hebrews (1Sam. 27:8-9).