REAL MEN HAVE A HEART FOR GOD
Real Men - Lesson #4 Ė David
This is a complete Lesson.
Acts - ÖI have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heartÖ
V What do we mean today when we say someone has heart?
V What did God mean when He said that David was a man after His heart?†
V Why is this one of the best compliments anyone can receive?
V What events in Davidís life indicated that he really was a man after Godís heart?
Davidís psalms are one of the best ways to see just how David had a heart for God.† As ďreal menĒ we will want to imitate his walk with God.
CLEANSING BY GODíS GRACE†
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Ķ Paul attests that David was relying on the grace of God by faith in order to be declared righteous. Romans 4:6-8
Ķ What did David admit about himself that each one of us has to admit about ourselves?
Ķ How was sin covered?
Ķ How is sin removed from our Heavenly account?
Ķ Why is it important that real men come to God the same way David did as described in Psalm 32:1-2?
CELEBRATION OF GODíS PRAISE
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
How does praise to God change a manís attitude?
Why is praise to be a continuous thing?
What are some of the things men ďboastĒ about?†
Why is it harder to boast in the Lord before men?
What are the benefits to praising the Lord with other believers?
COMMITMENT TO GODíS WORD
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.  The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.  The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
& †According to this passage what things will the Word of God do for you if you let it?
& †How valuable should the Word of God be to the Christian?† Why is it often overlooked or ignored?
Psalm 1:2-3 Ė But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
& †What does it mean to delight in the law of the Lord?
& ††How does one meditate in Godís Word?
& ††What are the benefits of meditation in Godís Word?
CRY FOR GODíS HELP
Psalm 3:1-8 - Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.  Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.  But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.  I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.  I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.  Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.  Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.
ō Vss. 1-3 - Is God glad when we have no recourse for our problems but Him?† Why?
ō Vs. 4 Ė Do you think David was specific with God about his problems?† Why?† Psalm 55:22
ō There are two results of casting all your care on God mentioned in Vss. 5-6. What are they and why are they important?
CONFESSION OF HIS SIN†
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.  Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
ģ Psalm 51 was written as acknowledgement of Davidís most legendary sins. What were they?
ģ Will such confessions of sin take place after a person has been saved?† Why?
ģ Why is it best to be honest with God about our sins?† What happens if we are not?
ģ Why is 1 John 1:9 such a significant Scripture?
1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
CONFIDENCE IN GODíS ABILITY
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
™ What three things are mentioned here that should give us confidence?
™ How does confidence in our own ability relate to confidence in Godís ability?† Are the two compatible?
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
™ How does believing in Godís goodness keep us from giving up?
™ Why does it take courage to wait on God?
COMMUNION WITH GODíS SON
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
∑ Review the Psalm.
∑ How are the shepherd and the sheep in communication with each other?
∑ How responsible is the shepherd for the sheep?