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David Reading | Week 3 | Day 5



Prayer


As you come to spend time with Jesus, calm your mind and body until you feel fully present. Thank Jesus that he came to save you!

Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 24


Read these verses three times slowly.

After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.

He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.

“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”

When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”

So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Reflection & Questions


This is such an amazing story! It’s funny, ironic, and challenging. King Saul has been savagely focused on taking David’s life. He takes a break to “relieve himself” in a cave, and who happens to be in there? David! David could easily take his life as Saul is caught with his pants down. David surely would have been justified? Saul is his murderous enemy.

Yet, that is not David’s perspective. He told his men, “I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.” Instead, David trust’s himself in God’s hands. This is God’s servant and for God to deal with. He tells Saul, “May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.” David trusts his God to be his Defender.

This unexpected grace was a shock to Saul’s system. In fact, Saul tells David, “You are more righteous than I…You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly…When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.”

There is so much wisdom and grace in David’s actions. In the face of our enemies we can easily lose our heads and do and say things we regret. David’s focus is not on Saul, but on the Lord. He doesn’t consider himself his savior, but looks to God as His Deliverer. David’s actions doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for taking action against someone who has wronged us (whether it may be setting up boundaries or even taking legal action), but it does say there is wisdom in taking a step back, to stay cool, and stay grounded in God. To put our trust in His Good Hands and not our own.

      1. How does David’s actions in today’s reading challenge you?

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