// I’m gonna sing my song, like I am unashamed. I’m gonna shout for joy, at the mention of your name. //
Place of Freedom: Highland Worship
People may not always be for you, but God is.
We’re back with another round of figuring out, why David was a man after God’s own heart?” We’ve seen him chosen at a young age by being himself in A Sheepish Beginning. We’ve seen him face the giant with faith in Heart of Stone. Now how did he face opposition when it came from people he considered family?
Our passages for today are different than have been before. So don’t panic! The story I want to cover starts at 1 Samuel 18 through 1 Samuel 26. Now I want to highlight only two of those chapters in detail 1 Samuel 24, & 26. As always we encourage you to read the word for yourself. That you may have your own revelation in time with the Lord.
So going to the background story for you. After Goliath’s fall, everyone cheered. It was a joyous occasion. Their worries and fears ended for the time being. The city sang in song the praise to what had come about.
“So the women sang as they danced, and said: “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”
I Samuel 18:7 NKJV
This began an enragement causing bitterness, jealousy, and resentment in Saul towards David. Have you ever had someone come at you for no good reason except what they’ve heard? Now have you ever had family come against you in the same manner?
You see there were more dynamics to this Saul and David relationship. Forged through the battle of a giant, Saul admired David. Yet there was more. Saul had taken in David to his home as family. To what is his be his and what to his also be to David. Or simply, ”what’s mine is yours.” Saul had a son, Jonathan, who became very close friends of David. So the bond of family ran only deeper.
Saul’s rage toward David only grew. Causing kill hits towards David. Yet every time the Lord’s hand of protection was around him. It may seem as though the battles of slander and liable against you may never end. However, when the Lord has His hand on you. You are protected, from every attack of the enemy.
That being said it’s easy to say, “so & so is out to get me.” Simply put it may seem that way. But Ephesians 6, tells us another story.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
So that being said though Saul made the choice to step in and attack David time and time again. The true enemy was found in the accuser of the brethren, the devil. Being wise beyond his years David knew this. He could not and would not lay a hand on the anointed and appointed of God. Though everyone was telling him differently.
In 1 Samuel 24, David is in a cave hiding from the likes of Saul. Saul happened to rest in front of the cave David was hiding. How be it like God to put the very person or persons who attack you in front of you? This is partly why I believe God kept choosing David. Not because of his might, but for his compassion.
Everyone around David knew if he were to take Saul’s life at that opportunity the war would be over. Lives would be saved in Saul’s quest for self-deemed vengeance. Yet David held his emotions and only tagged the robe Saul wore. To later display in boast what he could have done. David’s heart was grieved for even doing that.
“Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe.”
I Samuel 24:5 NKJV
When it’s family it hurts to hurt them. Even after the words are said and the fists are thrown. It is still family. This is what I believe David thought as well. He was fighting family. However, his relationship with God had only increased his compassion for those who persecuted him.
In 1 Samuel 26, yet again another opportunity arose to take out Saul. In this scene, Saul laid out in the field. With his shield of bodies. He’d learned from last time to surround himself. “Before they can get me, they have to go through them.” However, a deep sleep was put on Saul’s camp by the Lord (verse 12.)
Though the Lord may put your situation in front of you, He is also providing a way out every time for you to succeed. That’s exactly how both these examples went. Saul knew that David could have ended Saul’s life. Yet time and time again David showed mercy. Thus releasing a peace over Saul he could not understand.
Have you had some of these types of relationship battles? With family, with friends? Maybe even a stranger? I believe the Lord is pressing in for this article today to be like David. Release mercy. It doesn’t make the things the individual do right. It only frees you from the burden of pain that comes along with the betrayal.
Another term for this type of mercy is forgiveness. Time and time again we hesitate to forgive. Especially our repeat offenders. That’s what we will come to a close with next week. Where is your focus?
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.