Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

One step ahead of Saul


Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014

Apr 14, 2014 — Lent Day 35 — 1 Sam 20:1-42 — Jonathan Warns David

Jonathan was loyal to his father Saul, but he was bound in godly friendship to David, who at this point was officially still part of Saul’s household. But Saul had tried to kill David, who now was in hiding.

Jonathan’s bond of holy friendship with David was just as strong as his love for his father Saul. It doesn’t take much imagination to see Jonathan’s conflict. Soon he would have to choose between the two loyalties.

It got to the point that Saul even tried to kill Jonathan because of his relationship with David, and Jonathan had a last meeting with David to warn him that he could not safely return to his former position in Saul’s retinue.

They renewed their pledge of godly friendship and parted. The lives of both Jonathan and David were at risk.

I am reminded that love of God trumps love for family, even to the point of death. Do I really believe this? I must. I do.

Apr 15, 2014 — Lent Day 36 — 1 Sam 21:1-9 — David and the Holy Bread

Ahimelech the priest in Nob, a city not far from Jeruslalem, sensed that something was amiss when he saw David alone and hungry. I doubt the priest believed the line that David fed him to explain his presence, because he knew that David had been anointed king.

David was literally fleeing for his life and was suffering from hunger.

When he left the priest, he was armed with Goliath’s sword and bread, but one of Saul’s men was also there to tell Saul about the incident, and perhaps where David was heading.

I ponder the place of suffering in God’s ordering of the lives of those who seek Him. Suffering seems to be an essential part of a life of faith. David’s suffering led to his being king of all Israel.

This reading reminds me that suffering may be my lot as for any Christian.

Apr 16, 2014 — Lent Day 37 — 1 Sam 21:10-15 — David Flees to Gath

Just a step ahead of a murderous Saul, a fearful David intended to hire out as a mercenary to a minor Philistine king of the city of Achish.

He ended up giving way to his fears and feigning insanity.

It’s fair to say that this was not one of David’s finest moments. He had been anointed king of Israel, and look at him now!

This leads me to think of some shameful moments in my life. Just as David moved on to a life that pleased God, my life also moved on. A lot of prayer played and plays a part in this.

I am always inspired by the prayers of David in the Psalms as he shared his fears and hopes with God

Apr 17, 2014 — Lent Day 38 — 1 Sam 22:1-5 — David at the Cave of Adullam

There are lots of landmines here for the devotional reader. Where is the cave? Who was the king of Moab? Where is the forest of Hereth? Who was the prophet Gad?

I don’t know and I don’t care (for the moment).

This seems to be a transitional period in David’s life. He took care of his family. He learned to lead an army of 400 mighty men in the stronghold. He listened for marching orders from God. David appears to be very uncertain about what was happening to him and where it would lead.

I can identify with that. There are times in my life when I just don’t know what to do. Like David, there is nothing for it but to wait for instructions. The one certainty in uncertain times is a God that is steadfast in his love for us. We will get our marching orders in due time if we wait on the Lord.

Apr 18, 2014 — Lent Day 39 — 1 Sam 22:6-23 — Saul Kills the Priests at Nob

King Saul finally discovered where David and his mighty men were camped. Remember Doeg the Edomite who was hanging around when the priest Ahimelech gave David bread and the sword of Goliath? We learn here that he was a spy and an informer, a thoroughly disgusting character.

We learn that Ahimelech and eighty-odd priests were killed by Doeg the Edomite. One escaped and told David what had happened.

David’s response is an example of godly leadership. He accepted ultimate responsibility for the priest’s death, saying, “I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father’s house”.

For a leader at any level, “the buck stops here.”

Apr 19, 2014 — Lent Day 40 — 1 Sam 23:1-14– David Saves the City of Keilah

David was careful to “inquire of the Lord” before he tried to save a city that was being attacked by the Philistines. The details of the situation regarding the city of Keilah are not important for the purpose of this devotional reading, but the example of David’s close relationship with the Lord, and his eagerness not to do anything important before he was sure it was the Lord’s will, is an important message.

In the event, David and his mighty men rescued Keilah and almost got trapped there as Saul got word of David’s whereabouts and would have trapped him inside a walled city except that David once again inquired of the Lord. David and his mighty men headed back to their stronghold.

David shows me the importance of always listening for the word of God before making important decisions.

And so, dear reader, I leave you stranded in 1 Samuel at the end of this 40th and last lenten devotional meditation. You know where to find the rest of the story.

Key Passage

“… show me the steadfast love of the LORD, that I may not die; [15] and do not cut off your steadfast love from my house forever, when the LORD cuts off every one of the enemies of David from the face of the earth.” (1 Samuel 20:14b-15 ESV)

Thanks for accompanying me on my biblical journey through this year’s season of Lent.



3 Responses to “One step ahead of Saul”
  1. Linda says:

    He is Risen! Thanks, dad, for all your thoughts during this lent period. Much appreciated! And I love catching a glimpse of my DOD’s heart. Dear Old Dad for those of you who don’t know!

  2. Laura Layton says:

    I love your insights on David, who was called A man after Gods own heart, even though he was human too. Kind of like a David we all know and love:) Thanks for the wonderful commentary

  3. Dave says:

    Thanks, Linda. And thanks and blessings to any lurkers who may have been around during this lenten series. If the Lord wills it, we’ll do it again for Lent 2015.

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