Sunday, April 13, 2008

David Escapes from Saul

April 13: 1 Samuel 18-20, Psalm 11, & Psalm 59

11 Saul sent messengers to David's house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David's wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled away and escaped.
Samuel 19:11-12

And Saul said to Jonathan his son, “Why has not the son of Jesse come to the meal, either yesterday or today?” 28 Jonathan answered Saul, “David earnestly asked leave of me to go to Bethlehem. 29 He said, ‘Let me go, for our clan holds a sacrifice in the city, and my brother has commanded me to be there. So now, if I have found favor in your eyes, let me get away and see my brothers.’ For this reason he has not come to the king's table.”

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, “You son of a perverse, rebellious woman, do I not know that you have chosen the son of Jesse to your own shame, and to the shame of your mother's nakedness? 31 For as long as the son of Jesse lives on the earth, neither you nor your kingdom shall be established. Therefore send and bring him to me, for he shall surely die.” 32 Then Jonathan answered Saul his father, “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” 33 But Saul hurled his spear at him to strike him. So Jonathan knew that his father was determined to put David to death.
1 Samuel 20:27b-33

9 O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

16 But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.
Psalm 59:9-10 & 16-17

David Escapes from Saul

We know from reading the Bible that even though David was a man after God's own heart, that did not prevent him from facing great trials all of his life. Saul knew that God was going to tear the kingdom from his hand and give it to another, but he did not know who that other person would be.

It was not long, however, before Saul began to suspect that David may be the anointed of God. The favor of the people quickly turned to David as God continued to bless him with great victories against the Philistines. The more popular David became the more Saul was consumed with jealousy until he finally began to seek David's life.

The Bible gives us a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of David through the Psalms which he wrote throughout his entire life. Psalm 59 was penned by David after he escaped from his own house with the aid of his wife, Michal.

Was David frustrated and bitter? Did he express his complete hatred of King Saul? Actually, the opposite is true as shown in the verses from Psalm 59 shown above. Rather than being weakened by these trials, David's confidence in God remained strong. Look at the example shown in the last two verses of Psalm 59.

16 But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.

17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

As Christians, this same God is our fortress and strength as well. Pray that God gives you this same spirit as shown when David escapes from Saul. Say with the psalmist,

You, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

Amen, so shall it be.


God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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