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Series: “The Warrior King”
David-like Leadership for Goliath-like times
The Warrior King tells the story of King David’s time; but it is also the story of our own time. With challenges larger than Goliath all around us, we need Bible-based leaders now more than ever. In this eight-part series, Dr. Jeffrey Seif speaks to that need. Dramatic re-enactments—shot on location in Israel—complement the teachings in this series.
Episode: “Israel’s Sweet Psalmist”
David’s gift for creating poetry and music shows that he was “in touch” with something beyond the state of his armies. Viewers will benefit from this program’s window into the softer side of the man.

Caption transcript for The Warrior King: “Israel’s Sweet Psalmist” (7/8)

  • 00:53 A HEARTY SHALOM TO YOU,
  • 00:55 JEFFREY SEIF HERE ONCE AGAIN WITH ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:01 THANKS FOR WATCHING.
  • 01:02 YOU'RE GOING TO BE EXPERIENCING SOMETHING GOOD IN THIS PROGRAM.
  • 01:05 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 01:07 WE'RE GONNA LEARN ABOUT WORSHIP.
  • 01:09 WHEN WE LOOK AT DAVID WE SEE A MAN WHO LEARNED TO WORSHIP
  • 01:13 AND BY VIRTUE OF HIS SO DOING HE WAS ABLE TO RECOVER EQUILIBRIUM
  • 01:17 IN A WORLD THAT MANY TIMES WAS CASCADING OUT OF CONTROL.
  • 01:21 OFF WE GO TO CONSIDER THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE.
  • 01:30 MUSIC OF THE TEN STRINGS SOOTH MY TROUBLED SOUL.
  • 01:37 AH, EVIL SPIRIT, THE TUNE OF DAVID HATH PURSUED THEE FOR NOW.
  • 01:55 BIBLE READERS ARE INFORMED
  • 01:57 THAT MUSIC HAS BEEN AROUND
  • 01:59 SINCE THE DAWN OF CREATION.
  • 02:02 IN THE HEBREW BOOK, "B'RESHEET", GENESIS
  • 02:05 IN THE 4TH CHAPTER,
  • 02:06 READERS ARE INFORMED THAT
  • 02:08 ONE OF CAIN'S PROGENY,
  • 02:10 A FELLOW NAMED JABAL
  • 02:12 WAS THE FATHER OF THOSE WHO PLAYED THE HARP.
  • 02:16 NOT ONLY WERE PEOPLE INTO MUSIC AT THE BEGINNING,
  • 02:19 BUT EVEN BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF TIME ACCORDING TO THE HEBREW BIBLE, MUSIC WAS AROUND.
  • 02:25 AND WHY DO I SAY THAT?
  • 02:27 WELL I DON'T SAY THAT.
  • 02:28 EZEKIEL IS SPEAKING OF SATAN.
  • 02:33 THIS INHERENTLY EVIL PERSONALITY GOES BY THE LATIN EPITHET "LUCIFER"
  • 02:38 OR "LIGHT BEARER WHO DECEIVES".
  • 02:41 AND WE'RE TOLD IN CHAPTER 28, VERSE 13
  • 02:44 THAT HE, THAT THIS PERSONALITY
  • 02:47 WAS IN EDEN, THE GARDEN OF GOD.
  • 02:51 "PARADISE" IS A LATIN WORD FOR "ENCLOSED GARDEN" AND THERE HE WAS AND FROM THERE HE FELL.
  • 03:00 THE REASON WHY I MENTIONED THAT IN CONJUNCTION WITH MUSIC
  • 03:03 IS TO SAY THAT THIS SAME PERSON WE'RE TOLD WAS...
  • 03:07 HE CAME INTO HIS OWN IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 28, VERSE 13, HE SAYS,
  • 03:20 HENCE YOU HAVE SOME CORRELATION BETWEEN THIS EVIL PERSONALITY
  • 03:24 AND THE MANUFACTURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF MUSIC.
  • 03:28 BUT AS THE OLD SAYING GOES, "WHY SHOULD THE DEVIL HAVE ALL THE GOOD MUSIC?"
  • 03:36 ENTERED DAVID.
  • 03:39 ACTUALLY WE SEE MUSIC BEFORE DAVID...
  • 03:42 MIRIAM AFTER MOSES AND ISRAEL...THEY MAKE THEIR WAY THROUGH THE SEA.
  • 03:49 THE WATERS PART WE'RE TOLD IN THE BOOK, IN EXODUS THAT SHE COMES OUT WITH TAMBOURINE.
  • 03:54 WE FIND PRIMITIVE STARBURSTS OF PRAISE ACCOMPANIED WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTATION.
  • 04:02 WE THEN AS WE MAKE OUR WAY THROUGH THE HEBREW BIBLE FIND
  • 04:05 THAT PRIMITIVE MUSIC EVOLVES AND BECOMES MORE FORMALIZED
  • 04:11 BY THE TIME WE GET TO THE BOOK "TEHILLIM" OR PSALMS.
  • 04:14 THE WORD "PSALMS" COMES FROM THE WORD "PSALTER",
  • 04:17 THEY'RE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH, IT'S A PRAYER BOOK.
  • 04:20 THE HEBREW "TEHILLIM" MEANS "PRAISES".
  • 04:22 ACTUALLY IT'S NOT ONE BOOK IT'S FIVE.
  • 04:25 IN AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE THE 5 BOOKS OF MOSES YOU HAVE 5 BOOKS OF WORSHIP IN THE HEBREW BIBLE.
  • 04:31 AND SOME OF THESE WORSHIP SONGS COME WITH WHAT TODAY ARE ANACHRONISTIC,
  • 04:36 HARD TO COME TO TERMS WITH, ARCHAIC EXPRESSIONS, VARIOUS FORMS OF MUSICAL NOTATIONS
  • 04:41 THAT REFLECT THAT IN ANTIQUITY WE HAD LEVITICAL CHOIRS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT ECONOMY
  • 04:48 THAT WERE GIVEN TO GIVING VOICE TO BIBLICAL PRAISE.
  • 04:52 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 04:54 BECAUSE IT WAS LONG OBSERVED THAT MUSIC ENABLED INDIVIDUALS TO RISE ABOVE THEIR VEXING CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 05:02 MUSIC PROVIDED A MECHANISM TO PUT PRAYER TO SONG WITH INSTRUMENTATION.
  • 05:09 IT HELPS PEOPLE TO PRAY AND IT HELPS PEOPLE TO GIVE EXPRESSION TO THINGS THEY'RE THINKING AND THEY'RE FEELING.
  • 05:15 IT SEEMS THAT THE LORD LED DAVID INTO THAT WORLD EARLY AND I'M GLAD THAT THE LORD DID.
  • 05:22 WE'RE ALL THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE WARRIOR KING'S MUSICAL PROCLIVITY.
  • 05:29 DAVID LOVED THE LORD AND HE LOVED TO GIVE VOICE.
  • 05:32 THERE'S SOME 70 PSALMS THAT WILL ATTEST TO THAT.
  • 05:35 I REMEMBER YEARS AGO I WAS PARALYZED FROM THE NECK DOWN.
  • 05:38 I HAD PICKED UP A DREAD DISEASE CALLED GUILLAIN-BARRE.
  • 05:42 I COULDN'T WALK; I COULD BARELY MOVE A HAND, A FINGER.
  • 05:45 AND SOMEONE BROUGHT ME A CD PLAYER
  • 05:47 AND THERE WAS A SONG IN THERE BY PAUL WILBUR,
  • 05:50 "I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES UNTO THE LORD,"
  • 05:53 AND WITH MY FINGER I'D PLAY IT AND PUSH REPLAY AND PLAY IT AND REPLAY.
  • 05:57 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 05:58 BECAUSE AT THAT TIME THIS IS THE ONLY THING I COULD LIFT.
  • 06:02 AND I'D CRY AND I'D PRAY AND I'D SING.
  • 06:06 ONCE I WAS IN A LAWSUIT AS WELL,
  • 06:08 PRESSED AGAINST THE WALL IN A WORLD GONE BAD DEALING WITH WICKED SITUATIONS
  • 06:15 AND I'D HAVE TO PRAY THE PSALMS EVERY MORNING TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH JUST TO GET MY HEAD ABOVE THE WATER.
  • 06:21 WELL THANK GOD FOR GOD, THANK GOD FOR DAVID, AND THANK GOD FOR THAT GIFT.
  • 06:25 DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THE BENEFICIARY OF IT.
  • 06:27 SAUL HIMSELF, WE'RE TOLD IN THE TEXT IN 1ST SAMUEL, CHAPTER 16,
  • 06:31 HE'D GET WRAPPED AROUND THEIR AXEL, HE'S VERY DISCONCERTED AND DEPRESSED
  • 06:35 AND DAVID WOULD COME AND PLAY HIS MUSIC AND YOU KNOW, IT TAMED THE SAVAGE BEAST.
  • 06:41 OFF WE GO NOW TO LOOK AT DAVID THE PSALMIST A LITTLE CLOSER AS WE CONTINUE WITH OUR STORY
  • 06:47 ON THE WARRIOR KING AND LOOK AT DAVID-LIKE LEADERSHIP FOR THESE GOLIATH-LIKE TIMES.
  • 07:06 THE SPIRIT OF DAVID...
  • 07:11 DAVID...
  • 07:13 IT IS HE THAT CAUSES ME THIS ANGUISH.
  • 07:18 THE TUNE HIS FINGERS PLAY HAD MADE ME MAD.
  • 07:22 IT IS HE WHO WOULD TAKE MY THRONE....
  • 07:25 NO!!!...
  • 07:32 RUN DAVID, RUN.
  • 07:35 IF I COULD ONLY PURSUE THEE, I WOULD.
  • 07:40 BUT I FEAR EVEN MORE SO THE LORD WHO RUNS WITH THEE.
  • 07:56 I'VE SEEN THIS ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION.
  • 07:58 AND WHAT AM I TALKING ABOUT?
  • 08:00 THE AFTERMATH OF VIOLENCE.
  • 08:04 WHAT AM I REFERENCING?
  • 08:05 A CRIME SCENE.
  • 08:07 AS A POLICE OFFICER IN ANOTHER CAREER,
  • 08:09 I'VE WALKED INTO WORLDS WHERE THEY USE KNIVES, PISTOLS, SHOTGUNS, AND THEY'VE KILLED.
  • 08:17 IT'S HORRIBLE AT ONE LEVEL WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I THINK OF THE PENT UP ENERGIES.
  • 08:23 PEOPLE CAN'T CONTROL THEM.
  • 08:26 THE RAGE GETS THE BETTER AND THEY UNLEASH IT ON THOSE ROUND ABOUT THEM.
  • 08:32 AND IT'S NOT PRETTY.
  • 08:34 WHAT THEY LEAVE IN THEIR AFTERMATH IS PILLAGE.
  • 08:38 AND SO IT IS WE WALK INTO A WORLD HERE AND NOW,
  • 08:41 AND NOW I AM SPEAKING AS A BIBLICAL THEOLOGIAN, NOT AS A POLICE OFFICER.
  • 08:45 WE WALK INTO A WORLD HERE WHERE WE EXPERIENCE DAVID WHO'S THE VICTIM OF SOMEONE'S MALICE.
  • 08:54 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 08:56 SAUL IS HELL BENT ON DESTROYING HIM.
  • 08:59 HE TAKES A SPEAR AND THRUSTS IT AT HIM AND YOU KNOW, I WONDER DAVID MUST HAVE THOUGHT "WHY?"
  • 09:08 BUT IT WASN'T THE FIRST TIME MIND YOU.
  • 09:10 RECALL THE STORY WHEN DAVID BEGAN HIS FIGHTING CAREER IF YOU WILL.
  • 09:15 HE GOES TO THE BATTLE LINES TO BRING FOOD STAPLES TO HIS BROTHERS
  • 09:19 AND GOLIATH SHOWS UP AND DAVID'S...WHAT'S UP WITH THIS?
  • 09:22 SOMEONE OUGHT TO TELL HIM TO SHUT UP.
  • 09:24 AND HIS BROTHERS SAY, "WHY DON'T YOU SHUT UP DAVID AND GO BACK TO YOUR STUPID LITTLE SHEEP."
  • 09:29 AND DAVID SAYS SOMETHING THAT HE MUST HAVE THOUGHT ON MANY OCCASIONS, "WHAT DID I DO?"
  • 09:34 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT...
  • 09:36 SURELY DAVID, THE HEROIC DAVID...
  • 09:40 WHEN THE WORLD COLLAPSES ROUND ABOUT HIM DAVID MUST SURELY HAVE THOUGHT, "WHAT DID I DO?"
  • 09:48 "WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?"
  • 09:50 LIKE JESUS, ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION, HE MUST HAVE AT THE FEELING LEVEL SAID, "MY GOD, MY GOD WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME?"
  • 10:00 BECAUSE IT SURE FELT LIKE THAT.
  • 10:02 AND WHY IS THAT?
  • 10:04 BECAUSE TRUSTED PEOPLE ROUND ABOUT HAVE FORSAKEN HIM TO PUT IT MILDLY.
  • 10:10 DAVID HAD TO RUN FOR HIS OWN SAKE IF YOU WILL AND THIS IS INTERESTING FOR MY MONEY.
  • 10:15 AND WHAT'S THAT?
  • 10:16 DAVID, THIS GUY WHO'S GOING TO GO ON FROM SAUL,
  • 10:21 WHEN HE'S GONNA LOOK AT HIS CAREER AS HE'S REFLECTING ON IT AT THE VERY END OF IT,
  • 10:26 HE'S GOING TO PROVE TO BE ISRAEL'S GREATEST WARRIOR KING.
  • 10:30 THIS IS A GUY WHO INHABITS REAL ESTATE THAT HAS 6,000 SQUARE MILES
  • 10:34 AND WHEN HE'S DONE ISRAEL HAS EXPANDED TO 60,000 SQUARE MILES.
  • 10:40 THIS IS A WINNER, NOT A LOSER.
  • 10:43 BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING IS THAT DAVID SPENT THE BEGINNING OF HIS CAREER ON THE RUN.
  • 10:49 THIS FORWARD MOVING KING SPENT 13 YEARS... TALK ABOUT 13 BEING AN UNLUCKY NUMBER...
  • 10:55 13 YEARS ON THE RUN FROM SAUL FOR NO GOOD REASON.
  • 11:02 NOW, I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME ON THIS.
  • 11:04 AND THERE MAY BE SOME OF YOU THAT HAVE A SAUL IN YOUR WORLD,
  • 11:06 THAT IS TO SAY THAT WITHIN YOUR WEBS OF RELATIONSHIPS SOMEONE WHO'S NOT JUST FRUSTRATING,
  • 11:10 BUT SOMEONE WHO'S DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH, WHO'S THREATENING YOU.
  • 11:15 AND LISTEN, WHEN I'M READING THE BIBLICAL STORY
  • 11:18 I'M REMINDED OF THE FACT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PUT IT IN REVERSE.
  • 11:22 DAVID WHO WAS MINDED TO BEGIN HIS CAREER BY SERVING SAUL
  • 11:26 REALIZED HE HAD TO GET OUT OF DODGE.
  • 11:28 THERE MAY BE SOME WITHIN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE THAT YOU MIGHT CONSTRUE THAT AS WISDOM FOR YOU.
  • 11:33 I KNOW THERE'S A SONG "SOMETHING TELLS ME I'M IN FOR SOMETHING GOOD"
  • 11:37 BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STUFF,
  • 11:39 WHEN IT REPEATS AND GOES OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
  • 11:42 SOMETHING TELLS ME THAT YOU'RE NOT.
  • 11:44 AND I WANNA TELL YOU WITH A BIBLE IN ONE HAND AND A LITTLE JESUS IN MY HEART
  • 11:48 THAT SOMETIMES IT'S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE.
  • 11:52 BUT FOR FEAR OF AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
  • 11:54 I'VE SEEN PEOPLE HOLD ON TILL THE VERY END LEADING TO THEIR OWN DEATH,
  • 11:59 BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHEN TO CUT AND GET OUTTA DODGE.
  • 12:03 AND I WANT YOU TO HEAR ME PLEASE.
  • 12:05 UNCERTAIN AS DAVID'S WORLD WAS WHEN BAD THINGS WERE HAPPENING AROUND HIM,
  • 12:10 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT HE WALKED BY FAITH IN AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE
  • 12:14 AND YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED,
  • 12:16 GOD RAISED HIM UP TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S GREATER THAN HIS WILDEST IMAGINATION
  • 12:20 AT THE TIME WHEN HE'S DODGING THESE SPEARS.
  • 12:23 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THE SAME GOD IS THE GOD OF DAVID;
  • 12:26 THE SAME GOD IS THE GOD FOR YOU.
  • 12:28 AND I WANT YOU KNOW THE SAME LORD IS THE LORD OF ALL
  • 12:31 AND HE BESTOWS HIS RICHES UPON ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM.
  • 12:34 I BELIEVE THAT GOD HAS A GREAT FUTURE FOR YOU
  • 12:38 AND HE CAN EVEN USE THE DIFFICULTIES IN THE PRESENT TO PREPARE YOU FOR IT.
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  • 13:19 WOULD YOU SAY THAT EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY
  • 13:21 THAT WANTS TO MAKE THE TRIP TO ISRAEL SHOULD DO SO?
  • 13:24 YES, IT IS WORTH THE TRIP,
  • 13:26 IT IS WORTH THE TIME,
  • 13:28 IT IS WORTH THE MONEY.
  • 13:30 YOU SAY THIS WITH PASSION.
  • 13:31 OH, I TELL YOU I'M SO HAPPY THAT I CAME.
  • 13:35 IT IS JUST SUCH A PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO COME
  • 13:39 WHERE OUR LORD WAS BORN AND CRUCIFIED AND WAS RISEN.
  • 13:49 LIFE CAN BE VERY CHALLENGING AND SOMETIMES IT'S GOOD TO VACATE.
  • 13:54 THE WORD "VACATE" AND THE WORD "VACATION" ARE CUT FROM THE SAME CLOTH,
  • 13:58 MEANING IN AFFECT "TO EMPTY".
  • 14:01 MAY WELL BE THAT WHAT YOU NEED TO DO IS STEP BACK FROM YOUR PROBLEMS IN ORDER TO GET NEW VISION TO FACE THEM.
  • 14:06 WHAT A BETTER PLACE TO DO THAT THAN IN ISRAEL?
  • 14:10 IF YOU WERE TO CALL 1-800-WONDERS
  • 14:13 WE'LL SEND YOU THIS...
  • 14:15 OUR FOLDER WITH INFORMATION...
  • 14:17 HOW YOU CAN GO WITH US TO WALK IN JESUS' FOOTSTEPS.
  • 14:22 IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO GET AWAY TO,
  • 14:24 TO EXPERIENCE THE LORD IN HIS LAND
  • 14:27 AND SEE WHAT HE MIGHT SAY TO YOU ABOUT THE WORLD THAT YOU INHABIT.
  • 14:31 THERE'S DIFFERENT WAYS TO VACATE.
  • 14:34 PRAISE HAS THAT SAME EFFECT WORSHIP DOES,
  • 14:36 WHERE WE LEAVE OUR WORK A DAY WORLD AND CIRCUMSTANCE, ENTER INTO GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 14:41 THE OFFER IN THIS PROGRAM TODAY IS SOME OF ZOLA'S GREATEST WORSHIP PRAISE MUSIC.
  • 14:47 ZOLA WAS AN EXPERT MUSICIAN.
  • 14:50 TRAINED IN IT, HE HAD THE DISCIPLINE AND I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO BE BLESSED.
  • 14:55 DAVID LEARNED HOW TO BE CALM IN BATTLE
  • 14:57 AND WE'RE GONNA SEE HOW HE DID IT AS WE CONSIDER OUR STORY ON DAVID.
  • 15:06 THOSE OF US WHO FOUGHT WITH DAVID FOUND IT STRANGE THAT HE NEVER FEARED DEATH.
  • 15:10 EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE BATTLE HIS CONFIDENCE GREW.
  • 15:13 HE TOLD US THAT THE ANGEL OF THE LORD ENCAMPETH AROUND ABOUT THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD.
  • 15:18 DELIVERANCE, HE SAID, WAS IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD.
  • 15:22 EVER CALM, EVER SECURE.
  • 15:26 DAVID'S FAITH REMAINED UNFLINCHING.
  • 15:38 AND TO THINK I USED TO BE A POLICE OFFICER IN THE BIG CITY
  • 15:41 AND NOW I'M COMING TO YOU FROM ISRAEL WITH ALL OF THESE SHEEP.
  • 15:45 AND THE REASON WHY I'M DOING THAT IS BECAUSE THE HERO OF OUR STORY, DAVID
  • 15:49 CUT HIS TEETH WORKING LIKE THIS GUY RIGHT HERE,
  • 15:53 WORKING WITH THESE GUYS RIGHT HERE.
  • 15:56 AND I THINK IT'S PERHAPS FOR THAT REASON THAT DAVID WAS ABLE TO MAKE THIS SHIFT
  • 16:00 AND ENVISIONED THAT THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD,
  • 16:03 THAT IS IN AS MUCH AS HE HIMSELF WAS KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARD THE WELFARE OF THOSE UNDER HIS CHARGE,
  • 16:09 HE KNEW THAT DIFFICULTIES NOT WITHSTANDING GOD WOULD DO SIMILAR ON HIS BEHALF
  • 16:15 AND IT'S FOR THAT REASON IN PART WHERE IN PSALM CHAPTER 34...
  • 16:18 AND I REALLY WANT YOU TO TURN THERE WITH ME AND HAVE A LOOK IF YOU WILL PLEASE.
  • 16:23 SHEEP CAN BE A LITTLE PUSHY AS I'M LEARNING RIGHT NOW.
  • 16:27 BUT HE SAYS IN PSALM CHAPTER 34 IN VERSE 4;
  • 16:38 A MOMENT AGO WE CONSIDERED IN THE PREVIOUS SEGMENT
  • 16:41 THAT DAVID WAS PRESSED AGAINST THE TURBULENCE OF TRYING TIMES,
  • 16:45 BUT HE HAD A GOOD GOD WHO WAS A GOOD SHEPHERD AND HE SAYS, "I SOUGHT HIM AND HE DELIVERED ME."
  • 16:51 HE GOES ON TO SAY,
  • 16:57 OUR WARRIOR KING LEARNED THAT HE COULD LOOK TO GOD EVEN CRYING OUT FROM HIS DIFFICULTIES
  • 17:02 AND GOD CAN TAKE AWAY THE SHAME AND THE DIFFICULTY AND GIVE HIM A KIND OF JOY.
  • 17:08 THERE IS A PEACE OF GOD THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING AND OUR WARRIOR KING LEARNED ABOUT THAT.
  • 17:16 HE SAYS,
  • 17:24 WHETHER IT'S SAUL, WHETHER IT'S GOLIATH, WHETHER IT'S HIS OWN SINS,
  • 17:30 OUR HERO LEARNED THAT THERE'S A GOOD GOD WHO LOVES HIM
  • 17:35 WHO WAS WILLING AND ABLE TO SAVE HIM FROM ALL OF HIS TROUBLES
  • 17:39 MUCH AS A SHEPHERD WHO IS KINDLY DISPOSED TOWARD THESE SHEEP WILL LEAD THEM ON SUCCESSFULLY.
  • 17:45 AND WHEN THE ENEMIES COME ROUND ABOUT; SNAKES, WOLVES, WHATEVER,
  • 17:49 THAT SHEPHERD'S GONNA TAKE CARE OF THEM AS WELL.
  • 17:51 THIS POOR MAN CRIED TO THE LORD AND HE DELIVERED
  • 17:54 AND THEN HE SAYS A STATEMENT IN VERSE 7
  • 17:56 THAT'S AS TRUE FOR HIM AS IT IS FOR ME, AS IT IS FOR YOU.
  • 18:00 AND HERE WE GO.
  • 18:01 IN VERSE 7,
  • 18:10 I BELIEVE BY WAY THAT WE DON'T HAVE JUST SOME PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY.
  • 18:14 I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A GOD WHO IS WILLING AND ABLE.
  • 18:18 IN JOHN CHAPTER 10 JESUS SAID,
  • 18:28 AND THE WORD "SAVED" IN THE GREEK MEANS TO DELIVER, TO HEAL, TO MAKE WHOLE.
  • 18:35 WE HAVE A GOD WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT US.
  • 18:38 WE HAVE A VERSE IN SCRIPTURE,
  • 18:45 SAID PAUL WHO HAD IT IN A BAD WAY ON MORE THAN ONE DAY, BUT GOD IS GOOD.
  • 18:49 WE'RE TOLD HERE AS WELL...
  • 18:51 WELL WE'RE ENCOURAGED HERE IN VERSE 8,
  • 19:01 OUR WARRIOR KING LEARNED THAT HE COULD COME UP FROM NOWHERE.
  • 19:05 HE CAME FROM OBSCURITY AS A YOUNG MAN TENDING HIS FATHER'S SHEEP.
  • 19:10 A DAD THAT DIDN'T RESPECT HIM MUCH.
  • 19:13 AND THEN HE ENTERED INTO A WORLD WHERE A SURROGATE DAD IF YOU WILL,
  • 19:17 SAUL TOOK HIM UNDER HIS CHARGE.
  • 19:19 AND IT WASN'T JUST DISRESPECT IT WAS OUT AND OUT RIGHT HATE.
  • 19:22 DAVID CUT HIS TEETH IN HIS TRIALS
  • 19:26 AND HE LEARNED THERE'S A GOOD GOD WHO WATCHES OVER HIS WORD TO PERFORM IT.
  • 19:32 AND DAVID'S STORY AS HE MAKES HIS WAY FROM THE WOMB TO TOMB IS SO TELLING,
  • 19:37 BECAUSE IN SO MANY WAYS, HE'S LIKE US.
  • 19:40 AND HE'S COMMENDED HIS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE.
  • 19:44 YOU KNOW THERE CAN BE FAMILIES TODAY THAT COME FROM THE OLD COUNTRY
  • 19:48 AND THERE'S GRANDMA'S RECIPES
  • 19:50 AND GOODNESS IF WE COULD JUST LEARN TO COOK LIKE THAT WE WOULD EAT WELL.
  • 19:54 WHEN IN MUCH THE SAME WAY THAT DAVID'S RECIPES FOR SUCCESS IN LIFE ARE LEFT IN HIS OWN WORDS.
  • 20:01 HE SAYS HERE,
  • 20:03 NOW THAT MEANS REVERE HIM, RESPECT HIM,
  • 20:08 THAT'S MORE THEN JUST GOING TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS AND ON WEEKENDS IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS YOU.
  • 20:13 A REVERENCE FOR THE LORD PAYS DIVIDENDS.
  • 20:17 OUR WARRIOR KING LEARNED THAT.
  • 20:19 WE'RE CONSIDERING DAVID LIKE LEADERSHIP IN GOLIATH LIKE TIMES
  • 20:23 AND WE'RE LEARNING ABOUT A GOD WHO LOVES, WHO SAVES AND REDEEMS.
  • 20:27 HE DID IT FOR DAVID, HE'LL DO IT FOR YOU.
  • 20:34 (Jeff speaking) JUST AS DAVID'S MUSIC LIFTED THE SPIRITS OF SAUL,
  • 20:38 SO THIS SONG WILL USHER US INTO THE COURTS OF PRAISE.
  • 20:42 PAUL WILBUR JOINS US FROM JERUSALEM'S KING OF KINGS PAVILION.
  • 20:48 ♪LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM♪
  • 20:52 ♪OF ISAAC AND ISRAEL♪
  • 20:57 ♪LET IT BE KNOWN TODAY♪
  • 21:00 ♪THAT YOU ARE GOD.♪
  • 21:03 YES LORD AND IN THIS HOUSE.
  • 21:05 ♪WE OFFER UP OUR LIVES♪
  • 21:10 ♪AS A LIVING SACRIFICE♪
  • 21:14 ♪COME PURIFY US WITH YOUR HOLY FIRE♪
  • 21:20 ♪HOLY FIRE♪
  • 21:23 ♪YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE,♪
  • 21:27 ♪HIGHLY EXALTED ONE♪
  • 21:31 ♪WE'VE COME TO WORSHIP AT YOUR HOLY HILL OH LORD♪
  • 21:40 ♪YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE,♪
  • 21:44 ♪HIGHLY EXALTED ONE♪
  • 21:49 ♪AND WE SURRENDER TO YOUR SOVEREIGN WILL♪
  • 21:55 ♪OH, LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM♪
  • 22:02 ♪FOR THE LORD, HE IS GOD,♪
  • 22:07 ♪FOR THE LORD, HE IS OUR GOD♪
  • 22:11 ♪AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVERMORE♪
  • 22:18 ♪EVERMORE...
  • 22:20 ♪FOR THE LORD HE'S OUR GOD♪
  • 22:24 ♪FOR THE LORD HE'S OUR GOD♪
  • 22:28 ♪AND HE SHALL REIGN FOREVERMORE♪
  • 22:35 ♪EVERMORE...
  • 22:37 ♪YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE,♪
  • 22:41 ♪HIGHLY EXALTED ONE♪
  • 22:46 ♪WE'VE COME TO WORSHIP AT YOUR HOLY HILL♪
  • 22:52 ♪HOLY HILL...
  • 22:55 ♪YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE,♪
  • 22:59 ♪HIGHLY EXALTED ONE♪
  • 23:04 ♪AND WE SURRENDER TO YOUR SOVEREIGN WILL♪
  • 23:11 ♪OH LORD....♪
  • 23:13 ♪...GOD OF ABRAHAM♪
  • 23:34 PAUL WILBUR IS A GREAT GUY.
  • 23:37 WE LOVE, BY THE WAY, INTRODUCING YOU TO GREAT PEOPLE
  • 23:39 AND SO I'M PLEASED TO SHOW YOU A CLIP FROM THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT INTERVIEWING DR. IAN STERN.
  • 23:46 I KNOW IAN PERSONALLY.
  • 23:48 HE'S A PROFESSIONAL ARCHAEOLOGIST.
  • 23:51 HE CAN GET THOSE STONES TALKING.
  • 23:53 AND OFF WE GO TO HIM NOW AS HE TALKS ABOUT BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY,
  • 23:57 CORRELATES HOW THOSE ANCIENT STONES HELP US UNDERSTAND THE BIBLICAL WORD.
  • 24:04 THE CITY OF DAVID DOWN BELOW THE TEMPLE MOUNT...
  • 24:07 NOW THAT'S...
  • 24:08 THERE'S A SOUTHERN WALL,
  • 24:09 I WALKED THIS WHOLE AREA, THEN YOU HAVE...
  • 24:11 IT'S KIND OF AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
  • 24:12 IF THE PALESTINIANS HAVEN'T DESTROYED THE WHOLE THING
  • 24:15 AND DIGGINGS THAT ARE SAID TO BE ALL THE WAY FROM DAVID'S TIME.
  • 24:20 WHAT WE HAVE THERE
  • 24:21 IS MATERIAL THAT GOES BACK
  • 24:22 EVEN BEFORE DAVID.
  • 24:24 I CAN REMEMBER LISTENING TO LECTURES
  • 24:26 AND PEOPLE SPEAKING 2, 3, 4 YEARS AGO
  • 24:29 COMING IN AND SAYING IN THE TIME OF DAVID OR BEFORE THAT,
  • 24:31 THE CITY OF DAVID WAS A SMALL, BACK-WATERED TOWN,
  • 24:35 IT DIDN'T EXIST.
  • 24:36 AND IN FACT THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE
  • 24:37 LOOKING... WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE OF A CITY
  • 24:40 THAT WILL REFLECT THE GRANDEUR THAT WE READ ABOUT IN THE SCRIPTURES?
  • 24:43 ON THE OTHER HAND THE RECENT EXCAVATIONS BY
  • 24:46 ELI SHUKRON AND RONNIE REICH
  • 24:49 WHO'VE BEEN EXCAVATING DOWN
  • 24:50 AND TOTALLY BY THE WAY, BY MISTAKE. >>YEAH.
  • 24:52 THEY WERE EXCAVATING AN AREA
  • 24:53 THAT WAS GOING TO BE A VISITORS CENTER.
  • 24:55 IT WAS A SALVAGE DIG.
  • 24:56 THEY WERE GOING TO PUT A VISITOR CENTER UP
  • 24:57 IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 24:59 AND AS THINGS TURN OUT MANY TIMES IN JERUSALEM
  • 25:01 ALL OF A SUDDEN IN THE AREA OF THE SPRING,
  • 25:03 OF THE GIHON,
  • 25:04 THEY DISCOVERED 2 HUGE TOWERS
  • 25:08 AND THESE TOWERS ARE FROM THE TIME OF ABRAHAM.
  • 25:11 THEY WERE MIDDLE BRONZE TOWERS.
  • 25:12 WOW! >>NOW AGAIN...
  • 25:14 THAT'S 4,000 YEARS AGO.
  • 25:15 YES, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT MATERIAL.
  • 25:17 PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SPEAK MANY TIMES AND SAY,
  • 25:18 "WOW, THE RIGHTEOUS KING MELCHIZEDEK"
  • 25:20 WELL DID ABRAHAM MEET SUCH A KING?
  • 25:22 THAT'S A LEAP OF FAITH.
  • 25:24 WAS THERE A CITY THERE IN THE TIME OF ABRAHAM?
  • 25:26 ABSOLUTELY
  • 25:27 AND THE SIZE OF THE STONES
  • 25:29 ARE NEVER REPLICATED AGAIN
  • 25:31 UNTIL WE GET TO THE TIME OF HEROD.
  • 25:32 THEY'RE ENORMOUS. >>OH, BOY.
  • 25:35 I THINK IT'S FASCINATING HOW MODERN ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE BIBLICAL TESTIMONY
  • 25:40 CAN MEET, KISS, AND HUG EACH OTHER.
  • 25:43 THEY SERVE EACH OTHERS INTERESTS
  • 25:45 AND HERE DR. STERN HELPS US TO SEE HOW THE BIBLE STORY REALLY CAN BE CORROBORATED.
  • 25:51 ONE WAY TO PROVE UP THE BIBLE STORY IS TO SHOW HOW IT WORKS IN OUR OWN LIVES AND CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 25:58 WHEN I LOOK AT THE BIBLICAL STORY IT'S NOT A STORY ABOUT BACK THEN,
  • 26:02 IT'S A STORY ABOUT NOW.
  • 26:04 AND IT'S NOT A STORY ABOUT THEM;
  • 26:06 IT'S A STORY ABOUT YOU AND ME, WE, US TOGETHER.
  • 26:09 GOD WHO SO LOVED THE WORLD, DIDN'T JUST LOVE THE WORLD BACK THEN,
  • 26:13 HE DIDN'T JUST COME INTO THE WORLD IN ANCIENT ISRAEL,
  • 26:16 HE WANTS TO COME INTO THE WORLD IN MAIN STREET AMERICA,
  • 26:19 INTO YOU YOUR HOME AND HE CAN RADICALLY TRANSFORM IT.
  • 26:22 THE GOD WHO CAN BUILD UP A KINGDOM AROUND DAVID CAN DO SOMETHING FOR YOU AS WELL.
  • 26:27 BUT IN ORDER FOR THAT TO HAPPEN WE NEED TO REPENT OF OUR SINS,
  • 26:31 GET RIGHT WITH HIM, AND WALK WITH HIM.
  • 26:33 AND IF WE DO AND WE LEARN TO WORSHIP HIM AND GO WITH HIM INTO THE FUTURE
  • 26:37 AMAZING WILL BE THE WAY THAT FUTURE WILL UNFOLD.
  • 26:40 THANKS FOR GOING WITH US ON THE JOURNEY, BY THE WAY.
  • 26:42 AND AS YOU GO,
  • 26:43 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:45 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

Episodes in this series

  1. The Call
  2. David and Saul
  3. Family
  4. Wars
  5. Celebrated Warrior King
  6. A Messianic Proto-type
  7. Israel's Sweet Psalmist
  8. Messiah

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