Romans 15:4 (NASB) says, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Gods wants to give us hope and victory, even though we are frustrated. Hope means expectation, which is an intense emotion that produces interest or curiosity, especially when there are many who expect it. Many of us are expecting miracles from God.
A chronicle is a historical narrative that exposes the facts in a chronological order. A psalmist is a person who composes or sings psalms. Nowadays, we still sing many praises that David created. David composed 73 out of 150 psalms.
1 Samuel 16:1 (NASB)states, “Now the Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.’”
David was underestimated, but the Lord can heal those that have been underestimated. We are worth the blood of Christ. David was not affected by underestimation; he moved on. We can be confident that God can change the hearts and lives of those that have underestimated us, as He did with us.
1 Samuel 17:33-35(NASB) says, “Then Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.’ But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him.’”
David was not fearful. Just as David was not intimidated by Goliath, the giant, we should not be intimidated by the giants that surround us sometimes. We have our hope completely on the Lord.
1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NASB)states, “So David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam; and when his brothers and all his father’s household heard of it, they went down there to him. Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him; and he became captain over them. Now there were about four hundred men with him.”
This verse shows the features of those in the cave of Adullam. Maybe some of us have those features, but God is a miracle performer and can take us out from there.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB)says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
God can give us rest. Just as David appeared in the cave of Adullam, Jesus has brought hope to our lives.
Isaiah 61:1-3 (NASB)says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Despite tribulation, we know we can get out of any cave, and praise the Lord, because God has given us a mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. Psalm 40:3 says, “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.”
2 Samuel 11:1-2 (NASB)says, “Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance.”
David didn’t go to battle, and temptation appeared. We are living in dangerous times. There is a battle of light and darkness that we won’t win with our own strength.
Psalm 51:1(NASB)says, “For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.”
David felt accused, but he recognized his sin.
1 Samuel 13:14 (NASB)states, “But now your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Just as David, we have sinned, but we should recognize it and ask for forgiveness, so God can give us a new heart.
Acts 13:22 (NASB)says, “After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will.’
God forgives sins and gives us a new opportunity. He can give us a new heart.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NASB)says, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
When we receive the Lord in our hearts, our attitude changes. God is good and powerful to change our heart that is full of pain and will give us new attitudes. God wants to heal those that are heartbroken.
God can take those who are in distress, in debt, and discontented out of the cave of Adullam, as well as those who have struggled with sexual sin and temptation. God wants to change your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.