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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Greatest Battle Ever

1 Samuel 26:1-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 12:19,  Psalm 56
In our reading to day David and Saul part ways, never to see each other again.  After all the ups and downs their relationship has endured it truly was a miracle that one did not take the other’s life at some point.
But David has proven to be a faithful servant, even to an undeserving king.
I love what David said in his final words to Saul…
Now may the Lord value my life, even as I have valued yours today. May he rescue me from all my troubles. 1 Samuel 26:24
Saul did not value David’s life but David’s reward was not going to come from his enemy, but from God.
God had delivered Saul into David’s hands more than once giving David the opportunity to exercise faith and patience.  See, God promised David the kingdom but He did not give him the command to kill the king to get it.
David was given the opportunity to rendered good for evil, to him from whom he received evil for good. Becoming an example to us, not to be overcome of evil, but to overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
Have you ever had to do that?  Do good unto those who are definitely not doing good until you, but are instead making life for you or your loved ones very difficult.
Let David be an example for us today.
Saul was fueled by fear, insecurity and pride. That is what your enemy is being fueled by too.
David was fueled by a desire to follow hard after God.  Let that be what you are fueled by too.
David, the great warrior, let God fight this battle for him.
In what battles do you need to do the same?
When we value our enemies, no matter how hard it is, God will value us even more.
And will rescue you from your troubles.
David, the shepherd boy is soon to become King.  When he does he will know he won one of the biggest battles to get there: the battle over himself.
May we do the same.

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