David Ė Seeking God Faithfully
Lesson 10: "That Culprit Called Self-Deception" I Samuel 27 - 30
"The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the PhillistinesÖ" I Samuel 27: 1
Davidís feelings of rejection and despair
Davidís self-pity and attempts to make things happen on his own
From a human perspective, Davidís pity was rooted in logic (See the Spiritual!)
Everything seemed to be going better! Does that mean God approved?
Achish was no fool, and soon David was walking straight out of the will of God
Davidís serious problems begin
I Sam. 27:8-9 Did David think the "end justified the means"?
I Sam. 27:10 David gets in deeper and deeper by lying
I Sam. 27:11 Is this the same David who defeated Goliath and let Saul live?
I Sam. 27:12 David is gaining favor with the wrong person!
I Sam. 28: 1-2 Now, David is becoming indebted to a pagan
Godís Amazing Grace
I Sam. 29:4 Other Philistine leaders were suspicious of David
I Sam. 29:8 Inwardly, David must have been breathing a sigh of relief!
I Sam. 30:1-6 David reaps some of the results of his sin
I Sam. 30:7-20 Godís grace and deliverance (note David finally asks of God)
#1) Beware the effects of self pity
#2) Beware of losing perspective on Godís plan for our lives
#3) Beware interpreting blessings in our lives as necessarily a sign of Godís approval
#4) We must never take advantage of Godís grace
#5) We must never conclude that itís too late to turn back to God
For next week, read II Samuel 11 - 12