I cry to you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
(Psalm 142:5 ESV)
My reading today consists of five Psalms: 56, 120, 140-142. While I enjoy the Psalms, reading them in the context of what was happening to David was emotionally exhausting.At this point, David is on the run for his life. Saul had gone berserk and had one goal in mind: to kill David.
David was probably wondering what is going on. Can’t you hear the pain in David’s voice as you read these Psalms? He was scared, angry and confused. He was crying and pleading, looking for direction and protection. How did it all go wrong, he must have thought. He was anointed by Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:13. He is supposed to be their king. The problem was there was already a paranoid one in the palace. Isn’t that where kings belong? In a palace instead of hiding in caves? Furthermore, a king is supposed to have a strong army: men who are physically, mentally and emotionally fit for battle. His was a ragtag bunch of 400 men who where in distress, in debt, and bitter in soul (1 Samuel 22:2).
Talk about being tested.
Then there was an instance in 1 Samuel 24 where it seemed like God delivered Saul into David’s hands. His men even urged him to go ahead and do so. What they said sounded like scripture: And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’”
I’m sure David felt the same way. But as he was approaching Saul, I imagine David praying any of these five Psalms and just pouring his heart to the Lord. Maybe that’s when God spoke to David’s heart: Do not kill the Lord’s anointed. And he obeyed. The men may not understand but he’s okay with it, he had peace. He knew it was not the right time.
Sometimes that can happen to us, too, right? Well-meaning friends will tell us it’s time to do such and such. There is nothing wrong with that and certainly God can use others to speak to us, but we have to make sure that what they say is in line with what God tells us in His Word. We have to be in God’s schedule, not theirs. We need to listen to what the Holy Spirit tells us. The only way to do so is to be constantly be in prayer and in His word so that when the time comes, we’ll know.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]