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These Daily Reflections supply the messages from Grace Church as daily video clips from the most recent sermons. Each day's clip will last about 10 minutes and if you watch them all, you will have reviewed morning and evening sermons from the previous Sunday.

Ministry Reflection - June 22, 2009

Divine Preservation: Psalm 18
Last week, we saw how the Lord narrowed the line through which He would send His Son into the world: that of David. He had earlier narrowed the line down to a particular people: the line of Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and finally Jacob. He then narrowed it down to one of the tribes of Jacob/Israel: Judah. But finally, He narrowed it down to a particular individual: David. In David, the Lord not only established an unbroken succession of kings to picture the person of Christ and His office – as He had earlier also established an unbroken line of prophets – He also established the throne of His Son – Jesus is the Son of David who was to sit and reign on David’s throne until all His enemies are subdued under His feet. This was another large step forward in the work of redemption.

But let’s not forget the practical applications: After the Lord was crucified and raised again, the Father lifted Him up into heaven to sit on David’s throne. Now He rules over all the kingdoms of the world, raising up and destroying according to His will. He is sovereign control of what’s happening now, and He will bring His kingdom with all its glory in the future. If this doesn’t give us security and confidence, what will? Remember, God is in control of your well being, not man.

Having seen that the Lord established the kingdom of His Son in David’s throne, how did the devil take this? He hated it and did everything he could to prevent it. This is what we see next as he pours out a flood of trials, all which threaten to take away David’s life. And yet no matter how many times it looked as though he was finished, the Lord preserved his life that His work might move forward. The Lord preserved Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, that He might bring His Son into the world. Now we see Him preserve David, as the seed of the serpent – in this case, Saul and the Philistines – try to destroy him (the seed of the woman).

In the early reflections of this week, we'll consider the Lord’s gracious and miraculous preservation of David. And as we do, we'll reflect on two things: First, that in preserving David, the Lord was preserving and moving forward His work of redemption, which would ultimately culminate in Christ’s coming and saving us. Second, that having saved us, He will also protect and preserve us that He might give us to His Son.

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