Thoughts from Pastor Brian
Behind the Scenes
I love this passage so much. I love how David worships His Lord as His rock and fortress. His deliverer and refuge. His shield and horn of salvation. His stronghold. Do you hear the strength in these words? These are all words of protection and power. So much good stuff in this, but what I really want to look at is the prelude to the passage. I know that’s strange, but hang with me. The prelude says that David sang this song to the Lord when He delivered him from the hand of all his enemies AND from the hand of Saul.
AND from the hand of Saul? Wait. What? Saul was trying to kill David? Wasn’t David Saul’s son-in-law? Wasn’t David best friends with Saul’s son, Jonathan? Why would Saul want to kill David? Saul exalted David and gave him a high rank in his army because he was so pleased with him. In 1 Samuel 18:5 we see, “Whatever Saul sent him to do, David did it so successfully that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the people, and Saul’s officers as well.” BUT this quickly turns bad when the people praise David more than they praise Saul, and Saul became mad with jealously.
From that point on, Saul schemed and plotted to kill David. He pursued David and made his life miserable. Why then did David not just kill Saul and be done with the running and the attempts on his life? I mean he had the perfect opportunity when Saul entered the cave David was hiding in to relieve himself. He could have been done with all of it and entered his place as king (as he had been anointed in 1 Samuel 16.) But in 1 Samuel 26:10-11 David answers, “As surely as the Lord lives . . . the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.” David revered God’s holy anointing of Saul and trusted God’s timing.
Make it Real
I have to admit – I read this and think, “Dang David, you should have just killed him. I mean he did try to kill you– countless times.” I know, not a very Christian thing to think, but I have a very human tendency to hurt those who hurt me. It takes a lot of work for me to turn to God first and trust that He has things under control. Not that I don’t know His ways are perfect; I just don’t pause long enough to get to that point. I simply react… I guess the saying is true, “hurt people, hurt people.”
So, here’s the question: When someone hurts or betrays you, do you trust in God’s plan and timing? Do you trust that God has you where you are and surrounded by who you are surrounded by for a reason? Do you trust that sometimes He has to remove people from your life so you can truly live YOUR story? Do you sing, “I love you, O LORD, my strength”?
End in Prayer
You ARE our rock and our salvation. Lord we call to You, and You save us from our enemies. Thank You that we can come to You even in the hurt, the betrayal, the loss and know that You are our shield and horn of salvation. May we walk forward with our heart tuned to You and Your mercies!