Friday, February 03, 2006
I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name will I hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints. Psalm 52:9
I Samuel 22
The once potentially noble Saul had fallen. Saul sent for Ahimelech and his family. The priest told him that David was loyal to Saul. This enraged Saul and he ordered the murder of all the priests. Only one – Abiathar, Ahimelech’s son – escaped. Abiathar fled to join David and told him about the murders.
David told Abiathar…Stay with me don’t be afraid: the man who is seeking your life is seeking mine also. You will be safe with me . verses 22-23
In Psalm 52:7 David speaks of Saul
Here now is the man that did not make God his stronghold, but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others.
We all have met people that have made themselves feel bigger or stronger by putting down others. This is often a sign of insecurity. If we allow our insecurities to govern our lives, we too can become destroyers.
When David heard the news of the terrible slaughter he did 4 things:
1 He placed blame where it should have been – On evil Saul
2 He reminded himself that God will repay evil
3 He placed his hope solely in God
4 He reminded himself that God is God
In the face of horror, we should turn to the Word – our only hope in times of trouble
We can keep having faith , even in the most dreadful of circumstances.
Tomorrow we’ll look at I Sameul 23. This chapter shows God’s faithfulness shinning brightly in the bleakness of disaster.
‘On Ya’ - ma