Sunday, 21st October 2018
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Then David came to the two hundred men who had been too exhausted to follow David, and who had been left at the brook Besor. And they went out to meet David and to meet the people who were with him. And when David came near to the people he greeted them. Then all the wicked and worthless fellows among the men who had gone with David said, “Because they did not go with us, we will not give them any of the spoil that we have recovered, except that each man may lead away his wife and children, and depart.” But David said, “You shall not do so, my brothers, with what the Lord has given us. He has preserved us and given into our hand the band that came against us. Who would listen to you in this matter? For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.” And he made it a statute and a rule for Israel from that day forward to this day. When David came to Ziklag, he sent part of the spoil to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the Lord.” (1 Samuel 30:21-26)
As a follower of Jesus, we need to know God’s heart, rather than being a slave. When we know God’s heart, people will see God, not us, from whatever we do. Serving God is not about whether people can see you, but about your heart for God. When our focus is Jesus rather than other people, we won’t feel tired. When we give our rubbish to God, we must believe that it has gone, don’t take it back.
Rev Daniel shared with us the following 3 points from the Scripture (1 Samuel 30:21-26) about knowing God’s heart:
1. To Let Go – 1 Samuel 30:9-10
David took 600 people for battle, the number of people was small for an army so every single one was important. However along the way, 200 of them got tired, and David didn’t push them but was willing to let them go. So how could he win the battle with the 400 people left? David knew God’s heart. In God’s kingdom, it’s not about what you can do, but if God’s presence is with you.
We don’t need to be heroes. Those 200 people did not stay to do nothing. We still have the mission from God when we take a rest. Rev Daniel reminded us that it’s important to resist the temptation and to rest under God’s shelter.
2. To Give – 1 Samuel 30:21-24
Those 200 people who stayed back were not being “left over” or forgotten by David. They were still part of the army of 600 people. Rev Daniel shared that our identity in the kingdom of God is not from our position or what we do, but God’s love. When you love and honour your leader, you love and honour God, as all authority comes from God.
We are here to learn to give, not just things, but honour and blessings. For example, the 200 people went out to honour David when he came back from battle, so David also rewarded them in return. To be a preacher is not about how good you know about the Bible or how well you can preach, but your calling from God. So don’t challenge your leaders but support them, because this is God’s heart.
Some from the 400 people wanted David to recognise their hard work by complaining about the other 200 people. The Bible said they are “evil men and troublemakers”. When you hear people complain about other people, don’t just listen and try to sort out the problems for them, but stay positive and pray for them.
But when we come to church we don’t need to pretend to be perfect, we accept each other for our own weakness and support one another. We give, not because you already have enough, but this is a mission from God, just like how Jesus gave Himself to us. The world tells us to perform then we have value if we do well, but in God’s kingdom, we must give.
3. To Step Out – 1 Samuel 30:26
If you don’t want to dry out after being blessed, you need to step out to share your blessings to others. A lot of people also help others around the world, so what’s the difference between us and them? David did not give his own things to others, but what he gained from the battle, so he let others know that His God let him win the battle and make the impossible become possible.
We must step out and tell our testimonies to others to let others acknowledge God so our blessing becomes like living water.
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” Psalm 105:4