As we have been discussing the past couple day, David is trying to avoid being killed by King Saul. But where is God in this? David’s song, or Psalm that he wrote gives us some insight into what David was thinking. Ps. 26: 3 I will never lose sight of your love for me. Your faithfulness has steadied my steps.
How had God steadied David’s steps in this mess with Saul? Just before David meets up with Jonathan, he had been with Samuel the prophet. Michal, David’s wife, helped him flee to Samuel, the prophet when Saul was threatening. Even while David was with Samuel, Saul repeatedly sent troops to capture David. Instead, of capturing David, each time the troops prophesy. Finally, Saul, frustrated, goes himself and he begins to prophesy. This allows David to escape once again.
David had prayed in last week’s psalm: 59: 11 Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons; stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees, God had answered this when Saul prophesied which allowed David to escape. If God could work in that amazing way then, David could be sure that God would work something out in this situation.
How about you? How would remembering what God has done in your life change how you view the present situation? Often, we forget, we take our eyes off God and focus on our situation. God knows this about us and has provided space to help us remember. God put the Sabbath in place at creation. We are to take one day of the week to rest and remember what God has done. During the Exodus, God instituted the celebration of Passover so that His people would not forget what God had done. Jesus built on the Passover celebration and used it to point to what He does on the cross for us. Paul summarizes this is 1 Cor.11: 24On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24 and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”
No matter how bleak the situation in your life, it is temporary because our lives here on earth are temporary. Granted, suffering here is no fun, but God is always with us. When we believe and trust in Jesus as our Savior, we have the power of Spirit and the hope of a future with God. That can change our perspective here. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, click on the new believer tab to find out more.
To hear more about David and his songs, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/david-and-his-songs-the-early-years/its-not-fair