153. Friendship

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Num. 12:3 π 1 Sam. 13:14 π 2 Sam. 7:18 π 2 Sam. 7:18-29 π 2 Sam. 7:19-22 π Psa. 16:8 π Psa. 17:15 π Psa. 42:1 π Psa. 119:32 π Psa. 119:131 π Isa. 5:21 π Mt. 12:50 π Mt. 23:12 π Jn. 15:14 π Acts 13:22

“I have set the Lord always before me...” ( Psa. 16:8 , 2 Sam. 7:18-29; top )

This beautiful quote by David explains why he was so precious to the Lord, a man truly after God’s heart. (see 1 Sam. 13:14 , Acts 13:22; top )

After the prophet Nathan shared some things from God to David, David sat before the Lord and humbly exclaimed, “Who am I, God, that You should extravagantly share Your friendship and blessings on such an insignificant person as I am?” (see 2 Sam. 7:18; top )

David further replied, “You have done all these wonderful things because You wanted to, just for me. What can I say to You, God, seeing I am but Your servant? You are really a great God and You are the only God.” ( 2 Sam. 7:19-22; top )

This beautiful Father and son (servant) relationship exemplifies a tenderness and contriteness that reveals the love and mercy in the character of God Himself.

David said in Psalms 119: “I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments,” ( Psa. 119:131 ), and in another place David said, “I will run (do) the way of Your commandments, when You shall enlarge my heart.” ( Psa. 119:32 ) Have we heard comparable things from present-day Christian leaders? David had a passion for obeying God and seeking God and says to God, “Rearrange my heart so I can walk the way of Your commandments.” What a rare and extraordinary, beautiful, acquiescing attitude by David toward his loving Heavenly Father. “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” ( Jn. 15:14; top )

And then David caps it all off by saying, “...I shall be satisfied when I awake with Your likeness.” ( Psa. 17:15; top )

To want to be like someone else is the highest compliment you can pay that person, and when it’s God you are talking about, then you are a true friend of God. And let’s face it, God doesn’t have many friends, even of those called by His Name, in this present time.

We deserved to be consumed, yet He still puts up with us. What a merciful God!

More of David’s attitude toward God: “As the hart (deer) pants for the water brook, so does my soul pant for You, O God.” ( Psa. 42:1; top )

David’s precious humility made him fit to be God’s leader and friend. The same was true of Moses, the meekest man who lived. ( Num. 12:3 ) The way to become a friend and leader with God is “...he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” ( Mt. 23:12; top ) This is the direct opposite of worldly Christian procedures.

“Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight.” ( Isa. 5:21; top )

“For whoever shall do the will of My Father who is in heaven, the same is My brother, sister and mother.” ( Mt. 12:50; top )

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The End Time Men

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