Summary: The bounce is painful but planned!
“The Big Bounce”
A wise man once said “An unexamined life is not worth living.” This message is about examining your life.
I. No Ark, No Problem
Verse 3 tells us that the nation of Israel did not seek the ark during the days of Saul. From the time that it was lost in battle until David decides to pursue the presence of God most commentaries believe it was approximately 20 years. Get that in your mind and spirit. The glory and tangible presence of God was absent for 20 years and no one missed it. They continued to conduct business as usual. How many of you are missing the tangible reality of God’s presence in your life and you haven’t missed it or noticed it?
Saul didn’t pursue the ark but he continued to be king. He continued to live in the opulence of the palace. He continued to be surrounded by blessings. He continued to dine on the finest foods and wear the most ornate clothes. He still slept between satin sheets. Saul’s life teaches us that you can experience the anointing of God’s Spirit, you can be called out and chosen and then you can get away from that presence and reality and continue to live a blessed life and a content life. But his life continues to teach us that the day will come that you will wake up lost, broken, and destroyed. Sin will bring pleasure but only for a season. You can sit here and say I can do it on my own. You can declare that I don’t need God and the truth is you can make it for a while.
Some of you look like a king, walk like a king, and talk like a king but you have no ark and you have not pursued it. You have gone about business as usual. You have lived your life like everything is well. However, you have to examine your life because you can make it without pursuit the ark and be blessed, but you can’t stay there. There will be a day when the blessings will end if there is no presence of God to sustain it.
II. Applause doesn’t equal approval.
David hasn’t sought the mind of God. He is just doing what he wants to do the way he wants to do it. All the time the cart is carrying the ark the Word says the people were celebrating, dancing, singing, playing instruments, slapping each other on the back, and giving each other high fives. However, just because everyone was excited and clapped didn’t mean that everything was O.K. or in order.
I have a word for someone today. Just because everyone is slapping you on the back, clapping for you and telling you that you are the best Christian they know doesn’t mean that everything is in order. Some of you are believing the hype and you are mistaking man’s approval for God’s. Some of you are leading the parade but you are devoid of His presence or approval. A lot of the time all the applause means is that someone has learned to play the game and that they haven’t hit a bump yet!
III. No more carts.
You can’t ride on someone else’s cart. David tried to copy the method and experience of the Philistines. It worked for them so he thought if it was good enough for them it is good enough for him. But he learned real quickly that you can’t ride someone else’s cart. There is a prescribed way or in other words each man must work out his own salvation, relationship, experience with fear and trembling. You can’t make it on your mom’s, youth pastor’s, or best friend’s, boy/girl friend’s relationship or revelation. Just because the youth group you belong to got blessed here doesn’t mean you can just ride along on the cart and go home testifying that your life has been changed if it hasn’t been. Just because the cart got the glory for them doesn’t mean it will work for you. Learn from them, but don’t try to substitute their ride for yours. Get your own presence. Get your own experience. Get your own relationship and revelation.