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How Great Is Your God?

Last week we saw how approaching God with humility and weakness enables God to bless us with answers we never thought possible. That in turn brings praise to Him.
Acknowledge our needs.
Accept His gifts.
Give Him praise and thanks.

Let’s look at a few Bible examples.
David, in 1 Chronicles 13, couldn’t even bring the ark of God back to the city. One of the priests was killed instantly by God when he tried to steady the ark. 
David was angry at God. 
What could be more hopeless than to be angry with the only One Who can help us?
But David was trying to do good things his way.

By I Chronicles 14, David was seeking God, 
(Notice David didn’t ask a prophet what he should do with the Philistines, who were raiding his area, he asked God himself. 
He is different from other kings.) 
The Philistines were always raiding their lands.

What could he do to stop them?
Nothing.
He asks God.
Verse 10, “David inquired of God, saying “Shall I go up against the Philistines?... And the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.” 
(That also implies David waited for God’s answer.)

But God didn’t answer like David thought, notice verse 15, “When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.”

That would not be my answer on how to fight an enemy—listen for marching in the trees? 
That was God’s answer to David.
God brought a miracle.

David asked.
God answered.

Know what happened when David obeyed?
Verse 17, “Then the fame of David went out into all the lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him on all the nations.”

But David still didn’t have the ark home.
In Chapter 15, David again seeks to bring the ark home.

The Israelites hadn’t sought the ark of God in the days of Saul. (I Chronicles 13:5).
So David wasn’t even shown how moving the ark should be done. 
(That’s why they had done it wrong the first time.)
The time of the judges weren’t examples of how to follow God, either.

But somehow by I Chronicles 15:2, David now knows.
Verse 2, David says, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites. For the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”

David acknowledged he couldn’t do it. 
He went to the Law to find out how the ark should be moved.
And waited until he found God’s answer.

Verse 15, “The sons of the Levities carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.”

What happened when God gave?
There was great rejoicing.

I Chronicles 16:2-3 says, “…David blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He distributed to everyone of Israel both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.”

What did David do then?
Thanked and praised God.

Chapter 16 is a psalm of thanksgiving worshipping God for answering David’s need—to have God close.

Do you think God was pleased?
Know what happened to David through his praise?
God gave again.
Verse 43, “…And David returned to bless his household.”

As David kept acknowledging his need for God, God gave.
Look in chapter 17. 
David wants to build God a house.
He wants to thank God for His presence with Israel.
God doesn’t give him the answer David expects.
God says, "No."
But God promises that David’s son would. 
Not only that, but his throne would be established forever.

God is giving again.

Know how David responds?
He sat before God and asked “Why do you take pleasure with me?”

Let’s see the exact words, 17:16, “Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord and said, Who am I, O Lord God and what is my house that You have brought me this far?’”

David acknowledged his need before God.
He knew he didn’t get himself where he was.

Know what God did in the next chapter?
He blessed David. again.
In chapter 18, all that David did prospered.

Know what happens when we try to do it ourselves?
Saul lost the ark to enemies. The ark represented God’s presence.
He lost God in a real way. 
The enemies triumphed over Saul throughout his kingship. 
They killed his sons. 
Saul committed suicide. 
Then his enemies disgraced their bodies.
All because he would not acknowledge his need to God.

Read the battles of David. He never lost!
Why?
He sought God's counsel, telling how needy he was. And obeyed what God said.

What a contrast between Saul and David.

It wasn’t the greatness of the man.
It was the man’s dependence upon the great God.
And God gave.

How great is your God?


How has acknowledging your need of God brought great answers in your life?

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