Steven Furtick — Cutting Corners
I want to look at something today concerning David; and the way I just want to look at one verse from Psalm 57:2, something that David wrote, a declaration that He made. And then, as we've been doing each week, give you a little bit of the background behind what was going on in his life when he wrote it.
And we'll see what God will speak to us today. But I'm excited about this today because David said in Psalm 57:2 something that really ministers to me. It might be one of my favorite things that he ever said. He said, "I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me."
Now, if you really listen to what I just said and thought about the content of it, it'll make your blood pressure go down. Let me read it again. "I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me." If you listen to that and really get it... Let me try one more time. "I cry out to God Most High..."
That means that He has all authority in my life; and no matter what people do to me or no matter what life has handed me, God is above it, working through it, to accomplish, watch this, His purpose for me. And that's one thing that David shows us. He shows us again and again the importance of serving the purpose of God. He shows us how to serve the purpose.
Go over to 1 Samuel 24:1, because this gives us the context in which David wrote those words, "I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills His purpose for me." David wrote these words, not from a beach or from a hammock, 'cause it's easy to write or to talk or to believe about God fulfilling His purpose for you when you are moving toward what you consider to be your purpose.
It is one thing to pen those words when you are headed toward what you believe to be your destiny. It's another thing to say that when everything is headed in the wrong direction. When we catch up with David in 1 Samuel 24:1-8, as you're about to see, everything is moving away from what David is ultimately headed toward. But he's able to see something in this, and I want to share it with you today.
1 Samuel 24:1, "After Saul returned from pursing the Philistines, he was told, David is in the desert of En-gedi. So Saul took 3,000 able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the crags of the wild goats."
By the way, when God has purposed for God to do something significant, expect the enemy to send out his special forces. That might be why your life has been so hard; not because God is not with you, but maybe God is so distinctively with you. Maybe His plan for your life is so intimidating and threatening to the devil that there's no way he's going to let you ascend to your purpose without an attack.
That might be why And so, David is on the road to royalty, but it will not be an easy road. David is on the road to influence. David is on the road to purpose. But it will not be, it will not be easy for David... or for you. And he's running as a refugee even though he's anointed as a king. And the circumstances he finds himself in completely contradicts the calling that he believes he's walking in. Have you ever been there?
Look at verse three. "He came to the sheep pens along the way and a cave was there. And Saul went in to relieve himself." Now, when the Bible says "relieve himself," it means relieve himself. Can we leave it at that, people of God? You can do the Hebrew and the Greek and the Latin and the Spanish... I'm going to resist.
There's some things that I want to say right now. I'm going to save it. I'm going to save those things. This is the spiritual service. This is all the people who really love God, so if I say what I want to say about that verse... Because... Anyway. Don't do it. Don't do it. Don't do it. If you knew what I was fighting back... Watch.
David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, "Holy crap!" The men said, "This is the day the Lord spoke of when He said to you, I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish." And then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.
I want to talk to you today about cutting corners, because the scripture promises that God will fulfill His purpose for you. David said that and then he demonstrated that. I wonder if you really believe that God will fulfill His purpose for you. Or are you stressed out because you are trying to fulfill God's purpose for someone else?
You know, we live in a day and time where we're only one click away from seeing how someone else raises their kids. And before long, you can start to compare your purpose to their purpose. But touch somebody and say, "God didn't call me to fulfill your purpose, so please do not judge me according to the standards of what God gave you, because my stewardship is not of your purpose, so I don't have to feel bad about the gifts that God did not give me if I am fully maximizing the ones that He did." This'll set you so free. All I've got to do is completely commit my heart to God's purpose for me.