Trusting God: So Easy a Caveman Can Do It

 by Steve Klein

Intro:  We are familiar with the story of David.  King Saul's disobedience to God resulted in God's intention remove Saul from being king.  Young David is selected by God to be the next king.  The Lord elevates David among the people by enabling him to slay Goliath, but King Saul sees David as a threat, and attempts to kill him on several occasions.  In 1 Samuel 22:1 David Flees to the cave of Adullam.  And through his actions and his writing reveals his tremendous trust in God.

I. Trusting God in time of persecution and affliction (Psalm 57:1-6) 

  A. For salvation and protection (Psalm 23)

  B. For justice and vindication

II. Praising God before others (Psalm 57:7-11)

  A. Psalms 28:7,  The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

  B. Is this not what the early Christians did? Acts 2:46-47,  So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, {47} praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

  C. And what we are all called to do  1 Peter 2:9,  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

III. Acknowledging God for providing the support of righteous people 1 Samuel 22:2,  And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

  A. ILLUS: Mamie made frequent trips to the branch post office. One day she confronted a long line of people who were waiting for service from the postal clerks. Mamie only needed stamps, so a helpful observer asked, "Why don't you use the stamp machine? You can get all the stamps you need and you won't have to stand in line." Mamie said, "I know, but the machine can't ask me about my arthritis." People still need human contact.

  B. We need to know that others care about us and support us (Psalm 142) 

C. This is what fellowship is - a common participation in our faith.

Conclusion: Of the great people of faith the inspired writer says in Hebrews 11:38 "of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth."  Let us be like those cavemen!

 

 

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