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Saturday 13th January 2018

This morning’s devotion is from 1 Samuel 24 and you can read the full passage at the bottom of this page.

The cat and mouse chase between King Saul and David continues but in this chapter there is a twist. I love this – King Saul needs the toilet and so he goes into a cave to have a wee. What he does not know is that David and his army are hiding at the back of the cave. You can imagine what David’s soldiers are saying to him. They are encouraging David to make the most of this opportunity and telling him to kill Saul right there in the cave. We would probably have been with those soldiers saying exactly the same thing. The soldiers felt it was a God given opportunity. David creeps forward towards Saul. What is he going to do, surely he is going to end this once and for all and takes his rightful place as King?

No, amazingly he spares King Saul’s life.

What seems right for others is not right before God and David knows this. David is obedient to the Word of God against the advice and encouragement of those around him. I think that David’s devotion to God here in this cave is more evident than perhaps in some of the amazing Psalms he writes. Why? Because he is following the Lord’s commands and knows the Lord’s direction in this situation. He makes the right choices according to God’s Word.

On Sunday, we looked at our first ‘Act of devotion’ and recognised it as being obedience to Jesus’ commands and obedience to the Word of God. When we trust in God’s Word we know the decision we need to make; we have WISDOM.

In your acts of devotion make reading God’s Word a priority. I can promise you will hear the voice of God speaking to you through His Word and you will know what to do.

Have a great day!

Pastor Peter Jordan

1 Samuel 24

After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, “David is in the Desert of En Gedi.” So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.
He came to the sheep pens along the way; a cave was there, and Saul went in to relieve himself. David and his men were far back in the cave. The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.
Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.
Then David went out of the cave and called out to Saul, “My lord the king!” When Saul looked behind him, David bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. He said to Saul, “Why do you listen when men say, ‘David is bent on harming you’? This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’ See, my father, look at this piece of your robe in my hand! I cut off the corner of your robe but did not kill you. See that there is nothing in my hand to indicate that I am guilty of wrongdoing or rebellion. I have not wronged you, but you are hunting me down to take my life. May the Lord judge between you and me. And may the Lord avenge the wrongs you have done to me, but my hand will not touch you. As the old saying goes, ‘From evildoers come evil deeds,’ so my hand will not touch you.
“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea? May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”
When David finished saying this, Saul asked, “Is that your voice, David my son?” And he wept aloud. “You are more righteous than I,” he said. “You have treated me well, but I have treated you badly. You have just now told me about the good you did to me; the Lord delivered me into your hands, but you did not kill me. When a man finds his enemy, does he let him get away unharmed? May the Lord reward you well for the way you treated me today. I know that you will surely be king and that the kingdom of Israel will be established in your hands. Now swear to me by the Lord that you will not kill off my descendants or wipe out my name from my father’s family.”
So David gave his oath to Saul. Then Saul returned home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

Sawyers Church