May 14

May 14

David Hides & Spares Saul — The Ziphites tell Saul where David is & David writes a psalm.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 1 Samuel 23

Reading 2: 1 Samuel 24

Reading 3: Psalm 54

We continue to contrast David’s righteousness with Saul’s sinful and evil heart. David continues to obey God’s instructions, resisting the pagan enemies while trusting God to protect him from the evil king.

David is betrayed several times, and is in constant danger, but his Psalm shows where his trust is rooted – in God’s faithfulness.

Then David has an opportunity to kill Saul, but his conscience is too righteous to do such a thing. David reasons that God anointed Saul to be king, and only God can take Saul out of that position. David’s men don’t see things that way, but to their credit they are loyal and obedient to their master!

And so Saul gets to hear how David has proved he will not kill his former master. Saul is touched by this and declares the truth (for once) that David will be king. Of course we know that such glimpses of truth and reason are now rare for Saul, and there is no hope for David in these empty promises. Yet David does promise not to kill Saul or his family.

What a testimony to the power of worship, and intimacy with God, that David continues to act righteously even in these extreme conditions!

What challenges are you facing right now? The same power of God is available to you. God will lead you, guide you, and act justly for you, if you will reach out for intimacy with Him!

Have a great day!

Mark.

 

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