When You Get Excited About God
Contributed by Steve Hankins on May 16, 2016 (message contributor)
Summary: Before we can have God back in Washington D C we need Him in our Homes.
When You Get Excited About God
This being Sunday before we vote Tuesday I want to begin by making a few points from the first couple of verses from chapter 5 when David is finally received as king over all of Israel. They give three reasons to finally accept David as king.
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.
Their first reason is kind of like saying “blood is thicker than water” but that didn’t keep them from wagging their political battle against him for 7 and a half years after Saul’s death. But with Saul’s son, the puppet king assassinated by his own general and his assassin put to death by David for his treachery, they begin to come around.
I heard someone say on the news the other day that the one I agree with 80% of the time is not me 20% enemy. I think the quote was attributed to be something Ronald Regan had said. I would have to say that depends on what the 20% consist of. If it is abortion, Gay marriage and restrictions of the 2nd amendment, though the other side may tell me, “I just have to get over it,” to me it is more like rolling over -in it, like a dog in a strong smell; I have to set my limits.
For their second reason for accepting David as King they say
2 “Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in;
They remembered David’s loyalty to their nation and that he was a great military leader. That is what they hoped to have in Saul, but the song sung by the people became: Saul has killed his thousands, but David his Tens of Thousands.
Remember, that is what set Saul into his jealous rage against David in the first place.
People are fickle in their loyalty if their loyalty lies only in what one can produce for them. Buy my vote with big promises and my vote will be as fickle as the next bigger and better promise.
Keep that in mind as you go to the polls Tuesday. In other words do NOT put your vote or loyalty up for sale. Determine your loyalty to be to the one who is most loyal to Christ.
The third reason the elders give should have been their first.
and the Lord said to you, ‘You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.’ ” 3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.
The first 2 reasons are trumped by the third reason. It is difficult to determine the mind of God in our political climate today. My first choice for president was one of the first to drop out of the race. And then my second and third choices dropped out. Now I’m left, honestly speaking, with my last choice.
Now instead of having someone whom I am confident in, someone I think will be a Godly shepherd and ruler over our nation, I am falling on my knees praying that our Savior will lead and give us someone who will seek to bring God’s presence back into Washington.
Last week we looked at Rizpah from 2 Samuel 21,a mother who demonstrated her love for her sons’ even in death. I am greatly concerned about the death of our nation and there are times I feel like I am morning over the death of what I believe was the greatest nation on earth; God’s light and leadership have been set aside in our national capital for ungodly alliances with an unbelieving populace.
America, as One Nation Under God is on life support if still alive at all. There is a great population in this nation that can care less about God.
The work of the church is needed today more than at any time in our nation’s history. Christians are crying about the moral decay of our society. Yes, do your crying but more importantly we need to be converting the godless by ministering the gospel to them.
I read this week we have to go to where people are. Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church; He said the church should go into the whole world.
I remember a movie titled Mr. Smith goes to Washington. Well, we as Christians need to Go to Washington, and our state capital and county seat on our knees.
Last week there was a prayer rally in our state capital led by Franklin Graham. Our capitals need to feel the presence of God by our presence and influence there. We need to keep praying for state government and for Washington; I encourage you get to know the candidates and vote for the most Godly person you can and then keep in touch with them. Let them know you are praying for them, and watching the decisions they are making on our behalf.