1 Chronicles 10 … Consider Him, the Consummate Counselor

So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the LORD, because of the word of the LORD which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, 14 and did not inquire of the LORD. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse. (10:13-14).

Remembering that the books of Chronicles offer reassurance to the returning exiles of God’s continued concern and care for Israel, this commentary would be a jarring word of caution.

To be sure Saul’s demise, emanating out of his disobedience and culminating with his turning away from God to go after a medium for counsel, ushered in the throne of God’s anointed, David, and his kingdom that would be established forever. But, remember, Saul too was anointed at one time.

But David, the man after God’s heart, although he was far from perfect, would never seek another in God’s place. In whatever shortcomings we see in David, he was commended for his staunch and adamant refusal to seek the will of anyone other than God.

“…He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My will,’” (Acts 13:22).

David was so committed, so convinced, only the God of Israel was worthy of pursuit; only God would receive the attention of his effort, for David was intimately acquainted with Him, the Consummate Counselor.

Consider Him, the Consummate Counselor

Today, we will visit the writings of the man after God’s heart, that we might learn well from one who was intimately acquainted with Him, the Consummate Counselor.

Consummate: “complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb; being of the highest or most extreme degree.”

  • The Consummate Counselor, Complete and Perfect
    • The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
      The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
      The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
      The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
      The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
      The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
      10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
      Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb,
      (Psalm 19:7-10).
  • The Consummate Counselor, Supremely Skilled
    • For You formed my inward parts;
      You wove me in my mother’s womb.
      14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
      Wonderful are Your works,
      And my soul knows it very well.
      15 My frame was not hidden from You,
      When I was made in secret,
      And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
      16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
      And in Your book were all written

      The days that were ordained for me,
      When as yet there was not one of them,
      (Psalm 139:13-16).
  • The Consummate Counselor, Superb
    • Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
      And His greatness is unsearchable.
      One generation shall praise Your works to another,
      And shall declare Your mighty acts.
      On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
      And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
      Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
      And I will tell of Your greatness.
      They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
      And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness,
      (Psalm 145:3-7).
  • The Consummate Counselor, of the Highest and Most Extreme Degree
    • I will give You thanks with all my heart;
      I will sing praises to You before the gods.
      I will bow down toward Your holy temple
      And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
      For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name,
      (Psalm 138:1-2).

How do we respond to Him, the Consummate Counselor?

David, commended for being a man after God’s own heart, did not always heed His Word. And the consequences from those choices were far-reaching.

So we must learn well, not only from his writings, but from his life. Let us not be content to merely know much about Him; we must pursue Him with a yearning desire to both hear and obey the voice of Him, the Consummate Counselor.

Let us begin by asking Him to search our hearts, that we would respond in humility and repentance, that nothing will impede our communion with Him.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way, (Psalm 139:23-24).

If I regard wickedness in my heart,
The Lord will not hear;
19 But certainly God has heard;
He has given heed to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God,
Who has not turned away my prayer
Nor His lovingkindness from me, (Psalm 66:18-20).

He knows us better than we know ourselves, and He loves us as only a Perfect Father can. When He reveals areas that need His correction, it is His Love that rebukes us that we might grow and learn.

My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord
Or loathe His reproof,
12 For whom the Lord loves He reproves,
Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights,
(Proverbs 3:11-12).

Oh to have a heart like David, to so grow in our desperate desire to commune with Him, the Consummate Counselor, that even in our afflictions and His discipline, we will see His goodness to teach us His Truth and His Way, that we might grow to wholeheartedly love, value and keep His Word.

You have dealt well with Your servant,
O Lord, according to Your word.
66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
68 You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes…
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
72 The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces,
(Psalm 119:65-72).

Let’s Grow Together!

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