Introduction: David – The Heart of a Worshipper
Charmaine Rayment is a voluntary missionary at Jews for Jesus. She has a real passion for worship ministry. Sister Charmaine has agreed to become a contributor to a podcast series called “A Life of Worship”. This is the first part of a teaching series entitled “David: The Heart of a Worshipper”. Music is from Matt Redman. Below, you will find some notes from the episode as well as the podcast itself. Enjoy listening.
Notes from this episode
DAVID – THE HEART OF A WORSHIPER
Creation – perfect worship on earth existed.
After the fall – different attitude in man’s worship of God as demonstrated with Cain and Abel (Gen. 4:3-7), and Aarons two sons Nadab & Abihu (Lev. 10:1-3).
Worship always has been and always will be manifest in our lifestyle as a result of our relationship with God.
Know God personally – (Spiritual re-birth vs dead religion).
Worship is a response to God’s revelation about Himself.
One of the characters in the Bible through whom we can learn so much about worship is David –
The sweet singer of Israel (2 Sam. 23:1).
A man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14 & Acts 13:22).
DAVID’S CONTRIBUTION TO WORSHIP
Established the Tabernacle of David whereby he appointed some of the Levites to minister in music before the Ark of the Lord (1 Chron. 16).
Wrote Psalms (73 of the 150 Psalms in the Bible are attributed to him) and made musical instruments for the musicians to use in their worship (1 Chron. 23:5; 2 Chron. 7:6; 2 Chron. 29:26).
Was given the blueprint for the building of the Temple of Solomon (1 Chron. 22) and set apart those whom would minister in music during the worship in the Temple.
SHEPHERD – HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
What was it that God saw in David?
We are not told what David’s relationship with God was like during this period but it was during this season that he was anointed by Samuel as the future king (1 Sam. 16).
The fact that God tells Samuel that He had chosen the future king amongst Jesse’s sons, tells us that God saw something in David. In 1 Sam.13:14 Samuel already tells Saul that God has sought out a man after his own heart.
SEASON OF FAVOR
King Saul – season of favor (harpist and armor-bearer).
SEASON OF HARDSHIP
King Saul becomes jealous of David and his success and plots to kill him. In the process Saul enlists 3000 men to chase, capture and murder him. David now has to flee for his life and for the next 7-8 years with the 400 men that have joined him, lives in hiding as he flees from Saul and his men.
Read Psalms 18; 34; 52; 54; 56; 57; and 59 which were written during this time.
SEASON OF FAVOR
Anointed as King of Juda and reigns over Judah for 7 ½ years.
Anointed king of Israel and reigned over all Judah and Israel for 33 years.
David commits murder and adultery thus breaking 2 of the 10 commandments (2 Sam. 11).
David repents when rebuked by the prophet Nathan (2 Sam. 12). Psalm 51 reflects David’s penitent heart.
David’s son Absalom conspired against him in order to take over the kingdom (2 Sam. 15-18) and again David has to flee. Psalm 3 reflects once again David’s faith in God to deliver him from his enemies.
In having looked at the life of David, we can see that no matter what the circumstances were, David always placed his trust in God and as he experienced God in his life, he responded in worship.
WORSHIP WITH A HEART LIKE DAVID.
David earnestly sought to know God and as a result, he knew the God whom he worshiped.
David fully engaged his heart in worship to God and was fully surrendered in His worship to God.
David learned to worship God in any situation and expected his perspective to be changed during worship.
David didn’t take approaching God’s throne lightly.
David embraced the sacrifice of worship.
David’s honesty with God drew him into worship.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list of things we could learn from David’s worship. But I hope it’s enough to encourage us to worship with a heart like his that says, “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!” (Psalm 57:7).
In having looked at the life of David, we can see that no matter what the circumstances were, David always placed his trust in God.
David didn’t just know about God (He also would have had access to the books of Moses and would have known about the numerous times that God guided, protected and provided for his people), but he knew God as he had personally experienced God in his life.
The question is, do we have that kind of relationship with God?
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