Oh hey David!! Part 2
We all know the popular story of David defeating Goliath, this story is used in every pep-talk, motivational speech, meme, sermon, or catch phrase. It’s so symbolic and rich, but I won’t over saturate you, there’s more after that great defeat. God anoints David to be Saul’s successor, gives him the gift of worship, favor in Saul’s palace, and the biggest underdog defeat in the history of man. Why then do we find David running for his life a few chapters away? Let me get this straight, God will anoint you and then let you run for mercy into a cave of hiding. Yikes! God is being funny again. This sounds like a page out of of my own chapter, God has elevated me, anointed me, accepted me, saved me, then I’m surrounded and running for my life. Excuse me, is this the God of Love I’ve heard about, have I missed something in my alter call? Did I sign the wrong page? God I thought I was chosen to be Queen? Now I’m surrounded by the enemy and second guessing the call.
God I just want to be Queen, I don’t want to fight for my people, or the throne. Sheep herding was comfortable, quiet, no one bothered me there, and I went under the radar. Now I’m popular and hated, rejected and alone. David was confused, he was favored by God and Saul, now Saul wanted him dead, gone like dust. Can you relate? I can.
David had to literally flee for his life to avoid Saul’s jealousy and rage. Shift after shift. Twice in his pursuit of David, Saul was given into the hand of David and David did not take his life (1Samuel24:6-7).
Listen Linda! This could never be me, I’m old school eye for an eye. If I caught my enemy slipping and had the chance to end the run, I would have ended Saul’s breath straight hunger games style, eat or be eaten my friend. I found it quite interesting when I stumbled upon moments when David could have destroyed his enemy Saul, yet he chose not to (1Samuel 24,26). One of David’s men thinks he’s crazy, “Then Abishai said to David, “God has given your enemy into your hand this day. Now please let me pin him to the earth with one stroke of the spear, and I will not strike him twice” (1Samuel26:8 ESV). Now that is a true friend! Pin my enemy to the earth and we are BFFs, real talk. No games, don’t come for me or my friends will destroy you.
If were being honest, which I hope we are. We all the have the ability to pin someone to the earth with one stroke of a spear. I know I do. Or maybe your Pollyanna and you never have the urge to straighten anyone out. David felt this way about Saul, he responds “Do not destroy him, for who can put out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” And David said, “As the Lord lives, the Lord will strike him, or his day will come to die, or he will go down into battle and perish. The Lord forbid that I should put out my hand against the Lord’s anointed. But take now the spear that is at his head and the jar of water, and let us go” (1Samuel26:9-11).
Oh hey David! Your not Pollyanna, you are a killer and we didn’t forget (1Samuel17), you just pick and choose where to avenge. It’s not my job to avenge, it’s Gods job. White knuckles and clinched teeth, I meditate on Davids discernment to know when it’s time to avenge and time to be still. David could have set the record straight after all he knew he would be King, but he chose to honor the man of God, even though the man of God wanted to pin him to earth. Sheesh, David, how do we spiritually formulate that mind set?
Life is full of blessings and battles. It’s not our job to pin our enemies to the earth, it’s our job to allow God to avenge the opposition, not through fear, false humility, and weakness; but using his way to glorify himself in ways that he desires to save his people, bring redemption, and fulfill his purpose for humanity. David understood Gods protocol for justice, mercy, and grace. He was willing to allow God to have complete control over the outcome of Saul’s fate, even if meant a longer stay on the run. He trusted Gods timing and plan, a nations destiny rested on David’s commitment to remain faithful to Gods justice. David was winning even though allowing someone to attack his life looked like a loss. And so we linger on the run with our faithful brave heart, trusting Gods plan for our lives and avenging our opposition.
Study 1Samuel1-31 ESV