The Kings, Part 2


The stories of Israel’s first and most prominent Kings (Saul, David, Solomon) vividly illustrate the contrast between a life driven by pride and fear -vs- life led by humility and faith!  

How did “pride” and “fear” show up in Saul’s life?  (In my life?)

1 Samuel 15 22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.

How did “humility” and “faith” show up in David’s story?  (In my life?)
Do you see the contrast? 

1 Samuel 17 45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

A life of “humility and faith” is powerful because the focus is beyond one’s self to the Lord who “opposes the proud but give grace to the humble!” (1Peter 5:5)



Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Sync up?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – 1 Samuel 15:1-31

Tuesday – 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Wednesday – 1 Samuel 17:1-24

Thursday– 1 Samuel 17:25-40

Friday – 1 Samuel 17:41-58

Saturday – Psalm 144


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