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"A Savior for the City"

"A Savior for the City"
1 Sam. 23:1-5

 

1 Then they told David, saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.”

2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”

And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.”
3 But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”
4 Then David inquired of the Lord once again.
And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.”
5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

Introduction:

Every now and then we run across one of those passages where it is obvious that God is at work. In these types of passages there seems to always be a theme of salvation and obedience for the one who seeks to do Gods will.
Today we get to see a City that was under siege from a hostile enemy who was wreaking havoc causing major problems and in total control over God’s people.

However, God uses his new king [David] to come in and rescue them, without them calling for a Savior, looking for a savior, or expecting a savior.

• He becomes a king who is in the saving business.
• He fights for them, watches out for them, and who ministers to them through intercession and warfare.
• It’s a picture of Jesus in the new testament.
• We can learn today what it means to have a savior for the City.

I. Information about the enemy

Then they told David, saying, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah, and they are robbing the threshing floors.”

Note:
When we come to this passage we see the men who are following David bring him some important news.
It’s news concerning their enemies, their activity and their diabolical behavior against their neighbors.
This news is very bad news! Because the Philistines are a ruthless people!
David’s people say that they are fighting…the residents of Keilah….

Observation:
1. David when he was with King Saul would have been the one to go and stop the Philistines from their attack.
But now that Saul has turned his attention to Kill David there is no one in Israel with the tenacity and commitment of David to war against Israel’s enemies.
2. According to the report this enemy was so ruthless, not only were they fighting, but they were robbing their threshing floors! This was a hostel take over, a vicious act of warfare on the part of the philistines!
3.This was the place where their fields were harvested, the place of resources, the place where they made their living. The enemy took it from them by force!
The people who lived in Keilah, were residents of Judah, and were also small in number, they would have been country people or farmers who could not protect themselves!
When David hears this news it would have been vital information and a call to do something on behalf of those who are indeed of help.
1. This was a great injustice happening in the same location that David was in, And David knew it!
2. This was warfare against people who couldn't fight back, and David knew it!
3. This was warfare by an enemy that David was experienced in defeating, and David knew it!
4. Those that knew David was victorious were also quick to tell him of the enemies’ activity. They told him because they knew he would know what to do!
5. This was a ruthless enemy that David despised, and he knew he had to do something to help Gods people!
Application:
Sometimes in life we too are made aware of the enemies’ activity in the lives of those that we love.

Sometimes God brings a crisis to you to see what you will do, and to see how you will engage on his behalf.

Sometimes believers are needed to help rescue people who are under the attack of the enemy.

This text is a great picture of the world …just like the citizens of Keliah …Satan is at war with them and is doing his best to destroy them, their families, their resources and their lives.
The child of God who has been successful in warfare has an obligation to help those who are under attack from the wicked one!

II. Inquiry about the enemy

2 Therefore David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.”

Note:

David in this verse displays a heart for Justice. When he hears of the People of Judah’s struggle, loss of property, warfare with the Philistines, He inquires of the Lord when it is not even his own personal fight!

• He sees the philistines as all of Israel’s enemies.
• He sees them as enemies of God.
• Even when Judah and Israel was at odds, they were a divided nation, David felt obligated to do something about their calamity!
• David is a protector of the innocent and the weak.

So before he asks the people Keilah do they want any help he goes to the Lord to ask if he should go fight on behalf of the innocent.

Observation:
I learned something right here in this text…
1. David inquiries of the Lord if he should do it!
2. He’s a man of prayer! He's a warrior but he doesn't fight every battle?
3. He consults God first to discern if the Lord is with him and if what he is about to do is in the Lords will!

In other words, he snot fighting everything that comes his way! He's not fighting every enemy because they are an enemy! He's not fighting what he's not led to fight or where he's not led to fight!

He’s not fighting for Judah, he's not fighting for Israel, he's fighting because the Lord has given him permission to defeat the Philistines. He's fighting for the name of the Lord!
He’s fighting that Yahweh may be glorified.

Observation:

This is important for the child of God. We have to learn how to fight at the right times. How to fight for a spirit led righteous call! How to fight when the Lord says to fight! How to fight because the lord has called us to fight!

Part B

The bible says that the Lord said…
“And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines, and save Keilah.”

Note:
God heard his prayer request and gave him instruction!

He told him to go and to attack the enemy! Go and Save Keilah.

Here we get to see the Lord working on behalf of people who don't even know that he is working!

The Lord has a weapon he's about to unleash on the enemy, and his name is David!
This battle was the Lords and the Lord had a man who could wield the sword on the battle field.

Because he prayed he got direction, instruction, guidance, permission and a divine assignment to save a City!

Note:
Here I discover that God gives a mandate to save a City from the enemy!

God has a love for Cities! People in live in Cities…people make up families, families make up neighborhoods, neighborhoods make up communities and communities make up districts, districts make up counties and counties make up Cities.

God in this text wants to stop an enemy from devastating a City! HE has a man who cares and a man who asks if he can and if he should go against the enemy that Hates humanity and that has come to steal, Kill and to destroy in the City!

Comparison:

When I look at this text I can’t help but be promoted to tell you that this is another picture of Satan! I believe he hates Cities…
Certain Cities he has deceived and branded them with wickedness.
He hates the city….in the Cities of America, there is gang violence, drugs, murder, brokenness, heartache, pain, bitterness, loneliness, poverty and great depression…. all caused by Sin and Satan. The devil hates the City and does great evil across this country in our Cities. You can watch the 6:00 news and tell that Satan hates Cities…his hands work is everywhere.

When I look at this Text, I get some hope! I get hope because God had a man, who had a heart for the City!

In his intercession with God;

• God gave David the green Light, because David has Gods heart for the City!
• God gave David the green light because David wants what God wants for the City.
• God gave David the green light because David could be trusted with the Mission of God for the City!

Question:

• Can God trust you with the souls of men?
• Can God trust you with an assignment to save cities?
• Can God trust you with a ministry request?
• Can God trust you with his divine authority to engage a wicked enemy, who has come to steal, kill and destroy in the City?

Observation:

We need a David in Fresno! We need a man who could ask God for permission to wipe out the enemy of drug abuse!

We need a David in Fresno! We need a person who could ask God for permission to stamp out human trafficking!

We need a David in Fresno! We need a man who could petition God for permission to destroy gang activity, prostitution, corporate greed, poverty, racism, illiteracy, hatred, greed and satanic assaults on the innocent!

We need a David in our City! Who is willing to go to war against Sin, and leads Gods people into victory, over the flesh, the world and the devil! [Can I get a witness?]

III. Insecurity about the enemy

3 But David’s men said to him, “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”
4 Then David inquired of the Lord once again.
And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.”

Note:

When we comet this portion of the text, we see what David didn't see. We see fear creep into the ranks of his men!

David in verse two gets the ok from Yahweh to go to battle, but the men have not heard from God concerning the divine instructions.

1. All they knew was that the Philistines were marching in Keilah, and that they were devastating Gods people.
2. They were not privy to hear Gods word to David.
3. Because of History they were fearful of this enemy, even though David had a good record of wins against their army.
4. Situations and circumstances made them afraid this “right now situation”!

Notice what they said; “Look, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”

Because they were from Israel and Judah and Israel were to on speaking terms, they were afraid of just being in Judah. They were not comfortable being in a place that they were not wanted!

While they were in Judah, they had to watch their back, but now David was ready to go fight for Judah in Keilah against an invading army of Philistines.
They would be fighting the enemy on a different enemies’ turf!

The men were afraid! They were fearful! They were uncertain about this battle!

Question:
• Have you ever been in a fight that you were sure you could win?
• Have you ever questioned your ability to be successful in a difficult situation?
• Have you ever wondered if this fight was the right fight?

Fear made these men unsure, unstable, unsteady, unreliable, and unreasonable.

According to the text this is the first time that this army that God has assembled will fight under David’s command!

• They have had any victories yet!
• They haven't had any battle-scars yet!
• They have never fought as one -yet, and because they haven't they don't know what they could do, because it’s never been done before!
• They are afraid, and they tell their leader and their captain, we are afraid and we don't think that this is a good idea.

Part B
The text says that when David heard this he went back into prayer!
4 Then David inquired of the Lord once again.
And the Lord answered him and said, “Arise, go down to Keilah. For I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.”

Note:

This portion of the narrative is interesting because we actually see David, going back into prayer about this battle, when he has already heard the Lord tell him to go ahead and fight the philistines.

This is interesting because it is almost as if the men who came to follow David, nearly convinces him that he should be afraid too!
I believe that the fear of the army almost makes David not believe in what he heard the Lord tell him to do.

• Because fear is contagious it has a way killing dreams! Because fear is contagious, it has a way of paralyzing hopes!
• Because fear is contagious, it can turn dreams into nightmares!
• Because fears contagious, it can take your eyes off what the Lord showed you and put it on the “the what if’s” …
• What if this happens, and what if that happens?
• Because fear is contagious many a Christian has stayed in the pews in the safety of the sanctuary instead of doing something great for God!
• Because of fear, many a Christian have stayed home from the mission field instead of trusting God!
• Because of fear, many a Christian has let go of their burning desire to run for God, and settled something unfulfilling
• Because of fear, churches have settled for subpar ministries instead of doing something big in the name of the Lord!

Fear almost grips David, until he runs back into the presence of the Lord!

Note:

• It’s in the presence of the Lord where his vision for a victory gets renewed!
• Its back in the presence of the Lord where he gets reminded of what he has been called to do!
• It’s in the presence of the Lord where he gets revived to believe that he can concur what the enemy is trying to do in the City.

It’s in the presence of the Lord where he is reminded that's life has meaning, and his purpose is to lead Gods people into victory!
It’s in the presence of the Lord where he hears the word of the Lord and is able to escape the fears of men!

• Can I tell you, if you want to escape the doubts of me, go into to prayer and listen for Gods voice
• If you want to escape the fears of people live in the Lord’s presence in prayer
• If you want deliverance from the doubters lay out before the Lord in prayer
• If you want to be sure you have heard him speak, go back again and talk with the Lord
• If you need confirmation regarding what the Lord is called you to do, you don't have to get from man, go back into prayer!
• If he told you once he can tell you again! [Can I get a witness?]

Story:

When I got ready to plant this church, I had to be sure it was the voice of the Lord! I had to leave behind the voices of those who were fearful, go back before the Lord and do what I heard him tell me to do.

Since we've been together over these 8 years, I have to consult the lord over many things…moves, ministry decisions, appointments, consultations, but I have learned one thing. I am never to make a decision based on fear!

You can’t be afraid of working for the Lord! You can’t be afraid and be victorious! You can’t be afraid and successful too!
I’ve learned in ministry that Fear immobilizes the Christian leader!
Fear causes you to do nothing, when you should move at Gods command!
Fear causes you to not believe that Lord has you in the center of His will!
Fear causes you to believe that you can’t trust in the word of the Lord!
Fear causes you to second-guess what God has already said!
Fear causes you to go with the crowd instead go against the crowd.

Fear almost got David but he went back in to the house of the Lord.

And the Lord answered him…I will deliver the Philistines into your hand.”

• What a promise from the Lord, coming from the conference of fear with men!
• The Lord spoke to David because the Lord had a mission for him to complete!
• When the Lord spoke this time, David was confident in what he heard, and he moved out in obedience to the Lord command!

Conclusion

5 And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines, struck them with a mighty blow, and took away their livestock. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

Note:
As we close this passage we see David leading men who were fearful into the Lord’s battle!
The believer should pay attention to this passage. If you were ever unsure how to lead in fearful crowds, here’s what it looks like!
• You do it by example! You do it because of obedience!
• You do it because the Lord has told you what to do!
• You do it because you have a guaranteed victory and the Lord is on your side!
• But you still have to fight to get the victory!
• You still have to engage to get the victory!
• You still have to step out in faith to get what the Lord has promised you!

Note:

When David leads, the men follow!
They may be afraid but they follow the leader!
Why? Because he has given them confidence!
The man that gives another man confidence is the man that gets to lead men!

David led by confidence in the Lord!
David led by faith! David led by assurance that God was in control!
David led by the word of the Lord!
David led by example, and everybody wants a King who leads by example!

Because of Faith he concurred the enemy, took back what he stole from in the inhabitants of Keilah!

Note:

This brings another picture to mind! Because Jesus is better King than David, I got to make the comparison here!

As the King of Salvation Jesus defeated out enemy Satan! Out on the cross he made us victorious! Out on the cross, he defeated sins grip over humanity! Out on the cross, took back what the enemy stole from us!
• Out on the cross he took back man’s right to the tree of life!
• Out on the cross he restored our relationship with a Holy God!
• Out on the cross he took our sins upon himself!
• Out on the cross he took Satan’s power over humanity!
• Out on the cross he made a way for us to be reconciled back to God.
• He died, was buried and was raised back to life by the father!

Everything the enemy stole from me, God has given right back!
My joy, my hope, my trust, my assurance, my confidence, my future, my eternal destination, my home in glory, my name in the book of life, my dreams, my goals, my security, my laugh, my smile, my voice, my position in God…
Jesus took all back for me … he took back what the devil stole! [can I get a witness?]

 

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