Lifelong

In these times, it is crucial for us to know who we truly are. When uncertainty comes, when fear is present and when all that we thought was sure is stripped away from us, our identity is tested. God has always been deeply concerned that we should know who we are in Him. In this series, we will look through the life of David, learning from his story the truth of who we are in God and ultimately through the person of Jesus.

1. We are chosen

 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Andy Harding - 10 May 2020

David was chosen and we are chosen too, but not on our own merit; we are chosen because of Jesus. We learn here that God does not see as man does, he does not measure character by charisma, but his desire is for us to be after his own heart. David was not the expected choice, but he was God’s choice. The fields from which he had been called were the same fields from which over a 1000 years later the skies would burst with angelic songs of praise and declaration ‘today in the city of David a saviour has been born, Christ the Lord’ (Luke 2). David’s life points to Jesus and so do ours. Where we have been overlooked, we are seen by God. Where we have become preoccupied with the external, God wants to refocus us on the internal. Our identity is founded on Jesus and through the life of David we see how that was planned from long ago.

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2. We are not afraid

 1 Sam 17:20-23, 32-37, 45-50

Odele Harding - 17 May 2020

Saul was hiding, the Israelites were quaking, Goliath was prowling. So often we can feel powerless before the frightening things we face, we feel intimidated and paralysed. That’s what this army was like, God’s people here were afraid. But David lived by a different score, he knew who his God was, he believed in the victory of his God and he stepped up to the plate, he was courageous and defeated Goliath in the strength of his God not in the strength of man. Sometimes we're afraid and battle with insecurities about our identity, sometimes we hide, often we feel small in the face of our enemies; but in David here we see a reflection of the victory won for us by Jesus, he fought and defeated our many Goliaths. We can at times be like the Israelites when they were scared and fearful. The Israelites stayed in a place of fear whereas we, through Jesus, can learn to look different and not stay in a place of fear but instead be strong and courageous in Jesus.

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3. We have a refuge

 Psalm 31

Naomi Black - 24 May 2020

David was in the wilderness. Saul was bent upon destroying him and David was on the run, forced to live in seclusion for the sake of his life. We can spend a good portion of our lives running out of fear, rejection, opposition. Too often, we gloss over our pain, but that's not what scripture does. In the psalms which David wrote, he does not run away from feelings of rejection and being downcast. He stares the wilderness in the face and sees what God is doing there, declaring God as his refuge in the wilderness. This is an encouragement to be real about where we are and see what God is doing. But we learn something more from David here. He does not wallow. There is a difference between being real about your wilderness and believing it and only it defines you. David still knew who he was and he still knew who his God was. Knowing that our identity is secure in Jesus does not mean we won’t experience suffering or periods of wilderness and when we do we don’t need to be blinkered about our experiences. We are not defined by those times, they are not our identity - our identity is in Jesus.

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