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Corrie Gustafson - August 16, 2015

The LORD Reigns

We are about to embark on a 11 month study of the life of David, a man often hailed as Israel's greatest king. David is appointed by God and called a man after God's own heart, but we will witness David make some drastic mistakes in leadership and commit egregious sins as a man and father. Psalm 99 is one of the many enthronement Psalms, a song that extols the virtues of the heavenly king. This Psalm will show us that God's leadership cannot be matched. The full portrait of David's life and kingship points us to the fact that God is the one true and faithful king. God is Israel's greatest king -- and ours!

Scripture References: Psalms 99:1-9

From Series: "A Life of Passion: The Story of David"

Who am I? Who is God? These are two of the most pressing questions of human existence. All throughout life, we struggle to find our own identity and we yearn to know what more is out there. The Bible tells a detailed story of one man who helps us to wrestle with those questions: the ancient King of Israel, David. David is one of the most important characters in the biblical story. He is the favorite King, the repentant sinner, the fearless warrior, and the soulful poet. He led the ancient people of God during their golden years. He is a forerunner to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who would create a new people of God, saved through faith. And yet, David is a mystery. Sometimes his actions are inspiringly noble. Other times, he is shockingly evil. What are we to make of this man? How can an adulterer and murderer be described as "a man after God's own heart?" For ten months, we will follow the story of David. We will wonder at his integrity and grieve his failures. But through it all, we will see a life of passion. We will see a man who walks with God, in success and failure. And we will walk with God in our own complex lives. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover ourselves and God in the story of David. May we become "men and women after God's own heart."

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