How to Make Right Decisions is what we will be discussing on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Podcast, filmed live at Compass Community Church.
Two of the most prominent Kings of Israel in the Scripture are Saul and David. These two men are given the most attention in 1st and 2nd Samuel. Both David and Saul were anointed by God to lead His people but how they did that is what separated them most. Saul was rejected by God while David was a man after God's own heart. Although both of them sinned greatly, only one made decisions with God as their leader. Today we are going to examine their differences.
Their anointing- David was God's choice and Saul was mans.
Saul was anointed because it pleased men, while David was anointed because it pleased God.
a. How do we get God's Anointing? David: 2 Samuel 7:8-16- 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince[a] over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth
b. What does it mean Saul was man’s choice? 1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
When they needed to make decisions David first asked God. Saul cared more about how the people around him would think.
David: 1 Sam 23:4-5 “Then David inquired of the LORD once again.” David was not paralyzed by the fear of his men. He knew that God, who had said fight the Philistines and save Keilah, could easily make his men willing to follow him. David did not rebuke his warriors, but he turned once more to Jehovah.
Saul: 1 Samuel 18:6-8 When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals.[a] 7 This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next, they’ll be making him their king!”
David’s decisions produced fruit where Saul’s decisions were rejected.
David: 2 Samuel 7:29 And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!”
Saul: 1 Samuel 15:23- Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
David’s decisions created a lifestyle that was kind towards others while Saul was cruel and controlling
David: "2 Samuel 9"
Saul: "1 Samuel 20:30-32"
David’s decisions were always to repent when he sinned where Saul always looked for ways to lie and cover it up.
David: 2 Sam 12:13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “Yes, but the LORD has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.
Saul: "1 Sam 15:19" Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you pounce on the spoil and do what was evil in the sight of the Lord?” 20 And Saul said to Samuel, “I have obeyed the voice of the Lord. I have gone on the mission on which the Lord sent me. I have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and I have devoted the Amalekites to destruction. 21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Gilgal.”
22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king
David’s decisions led him to have Peace with God while Saul’s decisions separated him from God
David: Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe
Saul: 1 Sam 16:14- 14 Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him
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