This sermon outline helps us see how important it is to let God promote us!
Title: “David’s Promotion!”
Text: I Chronicles 12:21-22
(I Chronicles 12:21-22) “And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour, and were captains in the host. For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until it was a great host, like the host of God.” (KJV)
• David is going to become King, finally, after all of these years.
• David could have used his own wisdom and promoted himself.
• He simply relied upon God’s promise.
Proposition: There are five things I want us to see in verse 22 that I think will help us in our walk as a church!
I. God Had A Timeline For David!
“at that time”
A. It was not a month before or a month late!
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” (KJV)
(Ecclesiastes 3:11) “He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (KJV)
(Ecclesiastes 3:17) “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” (KJV)
B. God was going to continue to try Saul!
C. God moved Saul out of the way, and this was the best way!
D. We see that David did not get the throne by bloodshed!
E. God has a timeline for us!
(Ephesians 4:13-20) “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ;” (KJV)
II. God Was Faithful To David!
“Day by day”
A. Day by day God sent reinforcements to the soon to be king!
B. Some days the number was bigger than the other!
C. Consistently God was faithful
(Deuteronomy 7:9) “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” (KJV)
(1 Corinthians 1:9) “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” (KJV)
(1 Corinthians 10:13) “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (KJV)
D. You and I know that God will be faithful to us!
III. God Had A David To Promote!
A. David had been promised and anointed by Samuel
(1 Samuel 16:7) “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (KJV)
(1 Samuel 16:12-14) “And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.” (KJV)
B. This was the only credentials he needed.
C. David was a man after God’s own heart!
(Acts 13:22) “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (KJV)
D. God has a man for every need of the Christian!
(Ephesians 4:12-16) “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” (KJV)
E. Every Church should have a God appointed man, but some don’t because they do like Saul and intrude into the wrong office!
IV. God Provided For David!
“to help him”
A. God knew every need David had.
B. The specific need was able men to help fight battles.
C. Whatever the needs of David were, God met them.
D. God helped David.
E. God will help us, just like He has helped His other Children!
(1 Chronicles 5:20) “And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.” (KJV)
(1 Chronicles 15:26) “And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.” (KJV)
(2 Chronicles 18:31) “And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.” (KJV)
(2 Chronicles 26:7) “And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.” (KJV)
V. God Promoted David!
“until it was a great host, like the host of God”
A. When the exact time was ready, God promoted David!
B. David waited till promotion came from Heaven!
(Psalms 75:4-7) “I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn: Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.” (KJV)
C. God always will promote a "David"!
(Proverbs 25:6-7) “Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.” (KJV)
D. God will promote you, when He knows it is right!
To the Sinner:
• Be saved!
To the Christian:
• Let God Promote You!