Day 143 – May 23, 2021
Scriptures: Psalm 54, 1 Samuel 23-24, Psalm 63
“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalm 54:4)
“You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.” (Psalm 54:7)
David is on the run and in hiding. Saul is vulnerable and ripe for attack.
David chooses mercy or vengeance.
In this act of kindness, Saul sees in David what is to come, “I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands.” (1 Samuel 24:20)
David’s kindness helps Saul see David differently. No longer is David the threat that he presumed. He anticipates that David in fact will become King.
David says, “But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by God will glory in him, while the mouths of liars will be silenced.” (Psalm 63:11)
David trusts in the Lord, and he knows that the Lord will sustain him. He lived out of a posture of trust that allowed him the freedom to offer forgiveness and mercy, instead of revenge.
God will honor this and lift him up as king.
Let's forgive and live out of the mercy given us in Jesus Christ.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.