Trajectory - Finding Direction for Your Life Part 2 (Trust God's Power)

Sermon Summary
This message looks at some of the early circumstances in King David's life before he became the official King of Israel. God had a direction planned for David and some of it would not have made rational sense to the human mind. One would not think of proper training for a King to be shepherding sheep and learning to play a harp and delivering food to soldiers on the battle field! However, God used each of these things to train David to trust God's power to accomplish God's trajectory and direction in his life. Learning to practice the principles of God no matter our situation in life and allowing God's power to direct our circumstances is crucial if we are to have peace in this life.

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. What are some of the differences between living life trusting in your own power as apposed to trusting in God's power?

2. How has God used His power in your life to prepare you for things you would face or things you would be called on to do?

Eph 3:16  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
Eph 3:17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,
Eph 3:18  may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,
Eph 3:19  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Eph 3:21  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

3. God will use His power to protect us even when we face what may seem to be giants in our lives. What are some ways you have experienced the protection of God in your life?

Psa 5:11  But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Psa 5:12  For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

4. Sometimes we focus on our circumstances and spend an inordinate amount of time trying to change those circumstances when the best thing would be to trust God's power to pilot our circumstances and simply live the principles of God whatever the circumstances and no matter where we are. Why is this so hard and how would our lives be different if we trusted God with our circumstances?

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.


Full Sermon Notes

Trajectory: Finding Direction for Your Life Part 2
Trust God's Power

"He cancelled my debt and He called me His friend!" That's the love of God! That's the mercy of God! That's the amazing grace of God! That's the power of God! Most of us in this room love God and have accepted His mercy and grace and experienced His power in salvation. The question I have for you today is this? Are you willing to trust His power to send your life on His trajectory, His path, His direction? Let's pray and ask God to teach us by His Word and by His Holy Spirit!

"Jesus, You are so precious to me. Your willingness to love me, a sinner, condemned and unclean. Your willingness to pay for those sins and to cleanse me of those sins still amazes me after all these years of following You. I know I've not always trusted You and I still make mistakes! Yet you still love, and forgive. You still offer the power to overcome sin and whatever else this world throws at any of us! How can we say thank You enough? I know there are families in our church that have just this week been through unthinkable tragedy and yet they are still trusting and holding on to Your hands to guide them and to give them direction even in their grief. I know it's Your power and presence that will sustain them and help them to continue on the path You have ordained them to travel. Satan will not win and we will not be defeated! We remember the promise that greater is the One in us than the one in the world! We depend upon Your Holy Spirit to empower us as we live each and every day with an eternal purpose! Now may that same Holy Spirit speak to our hearts and minds today so we can live victorious lives in the direction you would have us go! In Jesus Name, Amen!!

Today we're going to continue our study of how God worked in King David's life to give him direction for the God-given purposes he was to accomplish. Today we will learn that if we are going to find God's direction for our lives we must not only trust God's aim, but we must...

Trust God's Power

We trust God's aim for our direction in life, but without His power there's no way we could stay on the trajectory He would have us follow. Remember the definition of the word trajectory?

tra·jec·to·ry
trəˈjekt(ə)rē/noun
the path followed by a projectile flying or an object moving under the action of given forces.

The force we must have to follow God's designed path for us is God's power. He's the only one with the power and strength to get us were we need to be. I know it's not always easy to trust God's power! Sometimes we wonder if He's gonna come through for us. Sometimes we get impatient waiting on His timing! And here's something to remember: God is patient with our impatience! He's calm when we are agitated. He's understanding when we can't figure things out and throw a million questions at Him. He's loving when we are not and He's faithful when we falter! Walking by faith is trusting not in our own power or understanding, but trusting in God's power to help us understand and follow His trajectory, His path, His direction for our lives. Especially when you're facing a really difficult or demanding time. Anybody in this room ever face hardships, tragedies, difficulties, or overwhelming odds? What do you do? We're going to find some direction by looking back at King David's life before he was actually crowned King. We know from last week's message that Saul had been rejected as the King of Israel and David had been chosen.
However, the implementation and installation of David as King was going to be a long time away. Why? God had some things to prepare before this transition. There were things that needed to happen in David's life to prepare him to be leader and to prepare the Nation for a new leader. Have you ever wondered why God sometimes doesn't take you the shortest route to a destination?

If you're at point A and God has told you He wants you to eventually be at point E, our logic would be to draw a straight line from point A to point E. But here's the deal. God may take you to point B first because you need to pick up some resources there. He'll then take you to point C because you need to learn some lessons that will help you down the road when you reach your destination. He will then take you to point D because there's some folks you need to meet there who will be instrumental in helping you fulfill your mission in life! If God took you straight from A to E, you would be ill-equipped to accomplish your mission at point E. This is all about trusting God's power to make a way for us to accomplish all that God has called us to do!

Trust God's Power to Prepare You

After David was anointed King by Samuel, David didn't quit his job tending sheep or head off to a leadership retreat. He didn't begin planning and plotting how he was going to take over from Saul. He actually continued to faithfully do the small things he was responsible to do!
And they may have seemed small to David, but God was preparing him in big ways to do the job he would be called to do. David's journey to leadership began as a shepherd boy. We'll hear about this from David in a few minutes. He learned skills of responsibility and discovered the importance of trusting in God's power as a shepherd. But God also had a plan to get young David a position in the King's court. Check this out...

1 Samuel 16:14-15 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you.

Quickly, let me share a couple of things with you. When it says the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, it was because Saul was being disobedient to God in many ways. God could not continue to bless that disobedience. I believe God still loved Saul, but He had rejected him as King of Israel because of his disobedience.
And there was a difference in the way God's Spirit worked with humankind back then in The Old Testament before the Day of Pentecost in The New Testament. Under the Old Covenant The Spirit of God came on certain individuals for a limited time to accomplish certain things. After Jesus came and showed us the heart of God, He sent His Holy Spirit to live in the heart of any person who would accept Him. And once a person allows The Holy Spirit to inter their soul, He never leaves them or forsakes them. That's the beauty of the new covenant! And let me just say a quick word about why it says the evil spirit tormenting Saul was from the Lord.

The concept of Satan had not yet been revealed to humankind. Remember, in the garden of eden, Adam and Eve only knew that a serpent had tempted them. They had no concept of Satan. It wasn't until much later that God revealed in Scripture the concept of Satan and the evil spiritual forces that are in the world. So in their minds everything, both good and bad originated from God. You might remember from our last series, that God's Word clarifies in the New Testament  that God is not tempted with evil nor does He tempt anyone with evil! Amen. This is why we need to always consider the context of Scripture when we are studying God's Word. Ok, let's continue with the story. Saul's attendants went on to say...  

1 Samuel 16:16-23 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp.
He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better.”
So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the harp. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the LORD is with him.”
Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep. ”
So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.
Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play.
Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.

How about that for amazing. God uses His power to take a shepherd boy and get him into the King's court so he can begin his training. David probably never imagined when he was taking harp lessons that God was going to use those lessons as a part of His plan to prepare him to become the king of Israel. So the take home for this is when calls you and sends you in a direction, you can trust His power to prepare you to be able to achieve your God-given purpose! Now, what happens next is also amazing because it teaches you to…

Trust God's Power to Protect You

1 Samuel 17:1-11 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Socoh in Judah.  
They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Socoh and Azekah.
Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines.
The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.
A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall.
He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels ;
on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.
His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle?
Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.
If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him,  
you will become our subjects and serve us.”
Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other. ”
On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

Ok, would you be dismayed and terrified as well? I probably would have been. Especially if my leader, lacked any confidence or direction from God! Remember back then a nine foot tall giant who could wear all that armor and carry heavy spears, would have an almost nuclear advantage. It would be like a facing a tank with a bow and arrow! Anyone in this room ever felt like you were facing giants in your life? Ever felt dismayed and terrified by your circumstances? Well, if you want to find direction for your life you must learn to trust God's power to protect you no matter what you face. And if you're willing to trust God's power for protection, then He'll help you accomplish your God-given purposes and He'll help you...  

Trust God's Power to Pilot Your Circumstances

Once again, God used His power to work circumstances around to get David in the right place at the right time and then provided him the protection he needed. Sometimes we spend so much time worrying about circumstances like where we're going to live or what job to take, or how we're going to provide for our family we forget to trust God's power over our circumstances. I believe with all my heart that it is more important to just live the principles of God's Word wherever you are at the moment and trust God to lead your circumstances. Pray about things and study your options and make the best decisions you can with the information you have and then trust God with the rest! He will give you direction. In fact, David would someday have a son named Soloman who would put it this way…

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

It's kind of the philosophy of bloom where you're planted! Let's see what happened next. It's amazing...

1 Samuel 17:12-24 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah.  
Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was old and well advanced in years.
Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah.
David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread
for your brothers and hurry to their camp.
Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.
They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”
Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed.
He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry.
Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other.
David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.
As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath,
stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.
When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.

David went back and forth from playing the harp for Saul when Saul was at home, to tending his father's sheep when Saul was away at war. Did you see the amazing way God used the concern of David's Dad for his sons to get David to go out to the battle field? Every little circumstance was designed by God to put David in the right place at the right time! So powerful.

Trust God's Power to Promote You

What David heard Goliath say would change his life and the life of Israel. David is about to be promoted from Harp player to mighty warrior! Let's continue the story...

1 Samuel 17:25-37 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great
wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.”
David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel?
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”
He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.
What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy,  
and he has been a fighting man from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep.
When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock,
I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.
Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them,
because he has defied the armies of the living God. The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

It's simply awe inspiring to see how God had used David's time as a shepherd to prepare him to become a mighty warrior. David had learned to trust God's power for protection against anything that came his way. David had experienced God's power working in the circumstances of his life to help him find the trajectory and direction God had for him! And now God was going to use His power to promote David to a position of great leadership in Israel even before he would become the official King of Israel. What God is about to do through David is going to shake the nation of Israel and change the course of their history. But I don't have time to tell you about that today. You'll have to come back next week for that. But let me close with these words and a Scripture. God wants to use His power to prepare you, to protect you, to pilot your circumstances and to promote you in ways you never imagined. King David would go on to write these words...

Psalm 20:6-7 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Let's Pray!!