Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wait on the Lord

April 17: 1 Samuel 25-27

5 Then David rose and came to the place where Saul had encamped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, with Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army. Saul was lying within the encampment, while the army was encamped around him.

6 Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab's brother Abishai the son of Zeruiah, “Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you.” 7 So David and Abishai went to the army by night. And there lay Saul sleeping within the encampment, with his spear stuck in the ground at his head, and Abner and the army lay around him. 8 Then said Abishai to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice.” 9 But David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord's anointed and be guiltless?” 10 And David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. 11 The Lord forbid that I should put out my hand against the Lord's anointed.
1 Samuel 26:5-11, English Standard Version

Wait on the Lord

Our Scripture reading today tells us of the death of Samuel, the beautiful story of David and Abigail, the sparing of Saul's life by David, and David living among the Philistines. I have already written a devotion entitled, Abigail from the Bible, on my website, Devotional Reflections from the Bible, so would encourage you to go there and read to read it.

I find it very interesting that, again, God gives David the opportunity to kill King Saul, and yet David again refuses to kill the Lord's anointed king. What a temptation that must have been, and yet we see no struggling on David's part. Who would have blamed David if he had killed Saul? David had already been anointed to be the next king of Israel, and Saul continued to search for David, so that he could kill him.

From the Psalms we have been reading recently, we know that David's heart was totally committed to the Lord. If God would have him to be the next king, God would make it happen in His own time and in His own way. David would not usurp the throne, but chose rather to wait on the Lord. Do you think that maybe Isaiah, the prophet, was thinking of David's example when he penned these words?

But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

I have never been very good at waiting; my impetuous nature would rather leap ahead and take things into my own hand. Needless to say, I have many regrets for the troubles that have occurred because of my impetuosity. Slowly, God is teaching me the value of waiting upon Him. (It is not God who is slow; rather it is I who am a slow learner in such things!)

David displayed so many Godly characteristics, but perhaps this is one of the greatest. It would certainly bode him well when he would finally be made the King of Israel.

Pray today that God would graciously work in your own heart so that, like David, you would learn to wait on the Lord!

God Bless You,

All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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