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Rebuilding a Broken Life Picking up the pieces of a broken life Text: 2 Samuel 12:15-31 Intro: Benjamin Franklin said one time, "The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all -- doing nothing." Successful failures: Ty Cobb was thrown out more times trying to steal than any other man in baseball history. Babe Ruth struck out more times than any man in baseball history. Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth's record, has struck out more times than 99% of the players who make it to the major leagues. Nobody -- but nobody -- considers them failures and few people even remember their failures. Virtually everyone remembers their successes. Enrico Caruso's voice failed to carry the high notes so many times his voice teacher advised him to quit. He kept singing and was recognized as the greatest tenor in the world. Thomas Edison's teacher called him a dunce and he later failed over 14,000 times in his efforts to perfect the incandescent light. Abraham Lincoln was well known for his failures but nobody considers him a failure. Albert Einstein and Werner von Braun both flunked courses in math. Henry Ford was broke at age 40. Vince Lombardi became the most revered coach since Knute Rockne, but at age 43 he was a line coach at Fordham University. No one failed like David. Everyone new about David's failure. How did he turn failure into success? How did he pick up the pieces of a broken life? Chapter twelve of 2 Samuel gives us some principles from the life of David in overcoming family failures. Do what David did to pick up the pieces of your broken life. I. Put Priority on Worship: 2 Sam 12:20 (2 Sam 12:20 NIV) Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshipped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. A. Corporate worship -- 12:20 1. The Old Testament example: Ps 24:3-6; 27:4; 29:2; 35:18; 48:9; 63:1-5; 66:13; 84:1-10; 92:12-15; 95:6-9; 96:9-10; 99:5; 100; 103:1-5; 107:32; 149:1; Hab 2:20. (Psa 24:3-6 NIV) Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? {4} He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. {5} He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. {6} Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah (Psa 27:4 NIV) One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. (Psa 29:2 NIV) Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. (Psa 35:18 NIV) I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people I will praise you. (Psa 48:9 NIV) Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love. (Psa 63:1-5 NIV) A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. {2} I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. {3} Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. {4} I will praise 1

you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. {5} My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. (Psa 66:13 NIV) I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you-- (Psa 84:1-2 NIV) For the director of music. According to gittith. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! {2} My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psa 84:4 NIV) Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah (Psa 84:7 NIV) They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. (Psa 84:10 NIV) Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. (Psa 92:12-15 NIV) The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; {13} planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. {14} They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, {15} proclaiming, "The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." (Psa 95:6-9 NIV) Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; {7} for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, {8} do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the desert, {9} where your fathers tested and tried me, though they had seen what I did. (Psa 96:9-10 NIV) Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. {10} Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. (Psa 99:5 NIV) Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy. (Psa 100 NIV) A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. {2} Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. {3} Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. {4} Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. {5} For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psa 103:1-5 NIV) Of David. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. {2} Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- {3} who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, {4} who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, {5} who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psa 107:32 NIV) Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders. (Psa 149:1 NIV) Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the saints. (Hab 2:20 NIV) But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him." 2. The example of Jesus: Luke 4:16 2

(Luke 4:16 NIV) He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 3. The example of the disciples: Luke 24:52-53; Acts 1:14; 5:42; 20:7 (Luke 24:52-53 NIV) Then they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. {53} And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God. (Acts 1:14 NIV) They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 5:42 NIV) Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 20:7 NIV) On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. 4. The New Testament command: Hebrews 10:25 (Heb 10:25 NIV) Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Illustration: The church is not: * An ark for the saving of a select few. * A ferryboat to take effortless passengers to the shores of heaven. * A life insurance company, with no obligation on policy holders except the payment of a small annual premium. * A social set, welcoming certain people and excluding others from its fellowship. * A Sunday pleasure club for the providing of pleasant occupation on the day of rest. The church is: * A lifeboat for the rescue of sin-wrecked and perishing souls. * A family, in which love and service are expected from each member to each member. * An organized community, with constant activities and continual growth and development. * A company of believers who have found the one way of life and obey the one Lord of life. * A union of those who love for the benefit of those who suffer. * A center of social worship, in which the spiritual life of each is helped by the spiritual life of his fellow. * The representative -- the "body" -- of Jesus Christ on the earth, reflecting his spirit and controlled by his will. Reasons why I'm giving up sports: 1. Every time I went, they asked for money. 2. The people I sat next to didn't seem friendly. 3. The seats were too hard and not comfortable at all. 4. I went to many games but the coach never came to call on me. 5. The referees made decisions that I couldn't agree with. 6. The game went into overtime and I was late getting home. 7. The band played numbers I'd never heard before and it wasn't my style of music. 8. It seems the games are always scheduled when I want to do other things. 9. I suspect that I was sitting next to some hypocrites. They came to see their friends and they talked during the whole game. 10. I was taken to too many games by my parents when I was growing up. 11. I hate to wait in the traffic jam in the parking lot after the game. 3

B. Private worship Examples: 1. Abraham -- Gen 12:7-8; 13:4, 18; 17:3; 2. Jacob -- Gen 35 3. Moses -- Ex 3 4. Jesus -- Luke 6:12 II Return to the Duties of Life: 2 Sam 12:20, 29 A. Personal duties (2 Sam 12:20 NIV) Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshipped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. B. Professional duties (2 Sam 12:29 NIV) So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it. Illustration: Ezekiel 24:18 (Ezek 24:18 NIV) So I spoke to the people in the morning, and in the evening my wife died. The next morning I did as I had been commanded. Application: Life must go on after failure. Henry Ford said: "Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." III. Work Through the Stages of Forgiveness: 2 Sam 12:15-31 Elizabeth Kubhler Ross suggests five stages of forgiveness: A. B. C. D. E. Denial -- "I don't need to forgive. It wasn't that big of a deal." Anger -- "It's other people's fault." "It's God's fault." Conditions -- Conditions which have to be fulfilled before I will forgive. Depression -- "I blame myself for letting hurt destroy me." Acceptance -- "I look forward to growth from the hurt."

Application: Forgiveness does not come easy. When you have genuine repentance, let God bring genuine forgiveness in the one you have offended. It takes time. Be patient. It will come. Remember that although it may take a long time for people to forgive you, God instantly forgives. Illustration of Dr. Jacob Chamberlain, former missionary to India Dr. Jacob Chamberlain, an early missionary to India, recalls that while preaching to a group who had come to bathe in the "sacred stream" of the Ganges, a man joined them who had crawled many agonizing miles on his knees and elbows to reach that spot. The poor exhausted soul made his prayer to Gunga, and then slipped into the water but emerged with the same conviction of sin as before. The fear of death still tugged at his heart. Then he heard Chamberlain tell the wonderful story of grace and how Christ died on the cross to rescue needy sinners. With new hope the man staggered to his feet, clasped his hands together, and cried, "Oh, that's what I need! Forgiveness and peace!" The missionary soon led him to Jesus. IV. Rest in the Love of God: 2 Sam 12:24-25


(2 Sam 12:24-25 NIV) "Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and lay with her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The LORD loved him; {25} and because the LORD loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah." A. David called his next son "peace" (Solomon) B. God called his next son "loved by the LORD" (Jedediah). Application: Illustration of young boy and Paderewski, the great Polish pianist. A mother took her young son, eight or nine years old, to a concert by Paderewski because she thought the child had some musical talent and might benefit from hearing a genius play. They sat close to the stage. The curtain was up, revealing the grand piano. Paderewski was in the wings; it wasn't quite time to start. The mother turned to speak to an acquaintance behind her. As she did, the little boy wriggled out of his seat, ran up the steps to the stage, sat down and began to play "Chopsticks" with all his might. The mother was appalled. The audience gasped as Paderewski himself strode onto the stage. But instead of being angry the maestro smiled, sat down on the piano bench with the little boy, whispered to him to continue and then, putting both arms around the little figure began to improvise a soft, but brilliant accompaniment to the childish music. He kept it up until the audience, charmed and fascinated, burst into applause. In all our faults and flaws, God puts His loving arms around us and turns our faltering notes into a triumphant song of redemption and fulfillment. "What shall a man profit if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?" N*o matter how you have failed, God offers forgiveness through the blood of His Son. (1 John 1:7 NIV) "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (Heb 13:5 NIV) "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."" What is your failure? God wants to mend your broken life. Perhaps it is moral failure like David. Perhaps it is financial failure. Perhaps it is family failure. Perhaps it has been business or educational failure. Perhaps it has been spiritual failure. God wants to rebuild a broken life. He can pick up the broken pieces of a broken life and make it new again. That is what the cross is all about. Why not let him do it for you right now?



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