Merle - Rochedale, Queensland Convention - December 2006

Hymn 69, "To Whom, Lord, Shall We Go Save Thee"

“To whom shall we go save Thee” - the sentiments of our heart today. What makes a convention? When God’s people pray before the meetings and make their needs known to God, and God’s servants wait on God, and God is able to give a message to meet the needs of His people. We read in 1 Samuel 22 of some who came to David - verse 2, “And everyone one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them; and there were with him about 400 men.” It doesn’t tell us why those people were in distress or in debt or discontented, but they felt that they could come to David with their problems, and that is how we feel too. It is safe for us to bring all to Jesus. David knew many distressing experiences in life. In those times, people who couldn’t pay their debt were sold as a slave. We are all debtors and there is a price we cannot pay to be released from our debt. Jesus paid the debt that we couldn’t pay, a debt He didn’t owe.

Those who were discontented came to David. In the margin it says, bitterness of soul. Satan wants us to be discontented. Sheep often get near the fence and try to get feed over the fence. Don’t get too close to the edge. Obedience brings contentment and rest. Four hundred men were with David showing their loyalty.

We read in the 23rd verse of David’s message to Abiathar, “Abide thou with me, fear not, for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life; but with me, thou shalt be in safeguard.” David knew the presence of God in a very special way at that time. We read in 2 Samuel 2-4 after Saul’s death, “And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” David was receiving the right place. Then Absalom rose up and David had to flee, but there were still some that were loyal to him. “And the king’s servants said unto the king, 'Behold, thy servants are ready to do whatsoever my lord the king shall appoint.'” In 2 Samuel 20, we read of Sheba who rose up against David and all the men of Israel went out and followed David, but the men of Judah "clave to their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem.” David was rejected by so many, but the men of Judah didn’t want anything to separate them from their king. Jesus is still the rejected king and despised, but we need to take sides with Jesus, and show that we love Him. 1 Chronicles 12 speaks of David’s men of war, “And all these men of war that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.” Pictures of different ones who showed that they had one heart and were united and in harmony. 1 Kings 12:18, “Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, 'Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse. Peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee.' Then David received them, and made them captains of the band.” There may be times when we have to make it clear that we are on the Lord’s side.