Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES, SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE, and DO AS GOD’S WORD says.
3 July 2005
U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris
CP Walker, Taegu South Korea
BIG IDEA: BELIEVERS should always ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES, SEEK GOD’s GUIDANCE, and DO AS HIS WORD says.
REFERENCES: 1 Samuel 29:1-11 (quickview)  (The Dismissal of David from the Philistines Army); 1 Samuel 30:1-31 (quickview)  (Raid on Ziklag); Luke 23:34 (quickview)  (The Symbol of Christianity); Ex 14:14 (KJV) - The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace; 1 Kings 27:1-12 (quickview)  (David at Ziklag and his raids on the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites); Proverbs3:6 ( In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths); 1 Sam 27:8 (MSG); Lev. 13:46 – NIV ( Lepers outside the gate); 2 Kings 5:27 (quickview)  (Believed to be Gehazi and his sons who went from Elisha’s presence); 2 Kings 7:1-10 (quickview)  (Story about the 4 Lepers – Why sit ye here and die); Ephod (ay-fode’)—Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary– GARMENT OR IMAGE - The ephod is frequently mentioned in close connection with the sacred oracle. When Saul or David wished to question Yhwh through the oracle, they commanded the priest, “Bring hither the ephod”
- 1 Sam. 14:18 & 1 Sam 23:9 & 1 Sam 30:7. This connection between the ephod and the oracle may also be seen very clearly in the combination of Urim and Thummim with the ephod in the official robes of the high priest. E.A.I. (Expository,Application, Illustration type sermon); Psalms 23 (quickview) : 1-3a
David encouraged himself in the
LORD his God).
enquired at the LORD, saying,
Shall I pursue after this troop?
shall I overtake them? And he
answered him, Pursue: for thou
shalt surely overtake them, and
without fail recover all.
IV. PURPOSE: To motivate the hearers to ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES, SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE, and DO AS GOD’S WORD says.
V. SERMONIC THEME: “Pursue & RESCUE”
It has been said that the Christian Doctrine of a Loving God presumes that life is bitter, NOT SWEET.
“Someone else has said that the symbol of Christianity is a CROSS. The man who said, “Father, forgive them; for they know what they do” (in Luke 23:34 (quickview) ) was in terrible pain when he said it.”
Now, before we are empowered to OVERTAKE OUR enemy; and before we blessed to RESCUE, AND take-back what belongs to us; We HAVE TO ENCOURAGE ourselves, SEEK GOD’S GUIDANCE, and DO AS GOD’S WORD says.
*****TAKE 5 BEATS******
MOVE 1: In our Scripture this afternoon, we find ourselves about 400 years after the rule of Judges … into the book of 1 Samuel.
a. As you may recall, the book of 1 Samuel is divided into 3 sections: Chapters 1-7 gives us an account of the life of Samuel – the last of The Judges and First of the Prophets.
b. Chapters 8-15 provides us with the story of King Saul (Man of the Flesh) while chapters 16-31 gives us an account of DAVID, A MAN OF FAITH.
c. For who can ever forget DAVID - the GIANT SLAYER?
d. For don’t you remember, it was David (13 Chapters earlier) in 1 Samuel 17:43-51 (quickview)  KJV who had single-handedly defeated Goliath – the Philistines BIG MAN who defied the Army of the Living God …