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Summary: How did David see Gods word and the law? What can we learn from this despite being under grace?

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David

The character of the servant king

Last time- How to respond to difficult times

* Winston Churchill’s ever patient wife told him that him that loosing the election immediately after the war might be a blessing in disguise.

* His response was ’at the moment its certainly very well disguised’

* But a few months later saw it differently ’I feel a great sense of relief...others having to face the hideous problems of the aftermath..it may all indeed be ’a blessing in disguise’’

* Trust in God and Keep your powder dry

The character of the servant King

* As a humble man David surrounded himself with wise advisors- not a know it all!

* He genuinely served the people rather than serving himself

The character of the King

* "The Lord dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his rules were before me, and his statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt. So the Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight." (Psalm 18:20-24, ESV)

The character of the king

* David had a relationship with God

* He loved the Law

* Law keeping that comes from relationship is there in both Testaments

* We mustn’t work to please God, but we should keep the law because we know God is already pleased with us

* "Be killing sin, or it will be killing you." John Owen

Loving the law

* Ps 19:7ff "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.

Loving the law

* Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

(Psalm 19:7-14, ESV)

Attitudes to the Law

• The puritans describe the law as ’the needle that draws the gospel thread’ Samuel Bolton

• Wycliffe- The highest service to which a man may attain on earth is to preach the law of God

• Wesley ’I suggest preaching nine tenths law and one tenth grace’

• Finney ’Failure to use the law is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience and to fill the church with false converts.’

• Bunyan ’The man who does not know the nature of the law cannot know the nature of sin’

Attitudes to the Law

• Luther ’The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare Gods law and to show the nature of sin’


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