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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 25, 2009

Divine Preservation: Psalm 18

Finally, David went once more to the Philistines at Gath to escape Saul (1 Sam. 27). Even though David had fought against the Philistines and defeated them at Keilah since the last time he feigned insanity, they didn’t attack him or try to kill him, but Achish received him and gave him a city, Ziklag. While he was there, David attacked and defeated Israel’s enemies while living under the protection of the Philistines. The Lord not only protected David and his Seed, He used the seed of the serpent to help the seed of the woman crush others of the seed of the serpent.

Why did the Lord protect David (and these are only examples of what the Lord did before he actually came to the throne of Israel)? First, because David was one of Christ’s sheep: of all the Father gives the Great Shepherd, He loses none (John 6:39). But second, and more importantly, because David was the one through whom the Redeemer would come with all the blessings of redemption. This is why it seems all earth and hell tried to do away with David – that Satan might destroy David’s Seed. But this is also why the Lord protected him – that the seed might come into the world to bring these blessings.

But in protecting David and his seed, He also was also protecting you. Jesus is the only reason why you will be saved from your greatest enemies: death, hell and the grave. He overcame all of these things through the blood of His cross. Here, He fought the devil and the armies of hell; He crushed the serpent’s head on the cross; and He set you free. At least He has, if you are trusting in Him. If you haven’t, then listen to Him this morning, turn to Him in faith, repent of your sins, and be saved. If you are trusting in Him, then know that He has freed you. What’s more, know that the Lord will watch over you, He will strengthen you and give you the strength to persevere to the end that you might enter safely into heaven. There is nothing on earth or in hell that can stop Him (Rom. 8:35-39). Jesus says to you who believe this day, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Trust the Lord: things can and will get hard, but the Lord will bring you through – you just need to believe Him. Amen.

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