Focus Verse: Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero? Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God? (1)
David wrote this psalm when Doeg had spied on him and then went to Saul and told him David’s whereabouts. There are still people today like Doeg the Edomite. They do what is wrong and then boast about it. They love evil moe than good and jump for joy when they are successful in harming innocent people. They become wealthy by taking from others. They get to the top by pushing others down. However, David reminds us that they will not last.
If we want to live forever, it is best to do what is right. As followers of Christ, we are instructed to hate evil and love good.
Destroy your enemies by making them your friends.
1 Samuel 22
Focus Verse: All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. (2)
God blessed David with true supporters. His brothers and the rest of his family joined him when he was down and out. Hundreds of discontented men who were in distress or in debt came to David when he was in hiding. David accepted them all, offered them protection, and became their commander. Years later, Jesus the Christ would also call similar people to Him – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
1 Samuel 20
Focus Verse: “Why should he be put to death? What has he done?” Jonathan asked his father. (32)
Jonathan confronted evil even when it came in the form of his own father. We should never be afraid to stand up for what is right and for innocent people even when doing so pits us against close family or friends.
Just as courage is not the absence of fear, faith is not the absence of doubt. When you make the decision to step out by faith and trust God and follow Him into the unknown, doubt often steps out behind you. Sometimes doubt may walk beside your faith, but never let it get ahead of your faith.
1 Samuel 19
Focus Verse: Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape. (10)
Beware of people who sit in their houses and throw spears!
Instead of getting right with God and rejoicing in David’s success, Saul allowed envy to eat away at him. You might have heard the saying “green-eyed monster” before in connection with jealousy and envy. Many people attribute it to Shakespeare’s Othello in which Iago warns, “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-ey’d monster…” A monster is exactly what Saul became, a malicious human hunter, intent on killing David. Instead of spending his time building up his palace or doing other kingly duties, he wasted years trying to end someone’s life. Worse yet, he didn’t try to hide his plans. He let everyone in on them – his son, Jonathan; his daughter, Michal; and all his men.
Being envious of others can lead us to do dangerous things – things we later come to regret. It also distracts us from the purpose that God created us for. We won’t have time for envy if we keep our focus on Jesus, instead of others.
1 Samuel 17
Focus Verse: David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (26)
The Israelite soldiers told David that whoever killed the giant Goliath would be rewarded by King Saul. He would be given great wealth, the princess to marry, and would never have to pay taxes again. Are these the reasons why David so bravely killed Goliath? No! David defeated Goliath because he could not stand on the sidelines and do nothing while a Philistine openly disregarded and disrespected His God. He couldn’t believe that the king and all the king’s men were quaking with fear and hiding from an uncircumcised heathen.
When David told Saul he had killed a lion and a bear, he didn’t do so with an arrogant attitude. It was just matter of fact. “I killed a lion. I killed a bear. I can kill Goliath.” David was confident not in himself, but in God. He said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
On another note entirely, I’m sure when Saul asked David “Whose son are you, young man?” David must have been like “C’mon, you don’t remember me? The dude you played the lyre for you so beautifully!”
I mean, if someone played me music, I’m positive I would never forget them :)
1 Samuel 15
Focus Verse: “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night. (11)
God did not regret making Saul king because He had made a mistake or made a bad decision. It can be hard to understand, but God knew Saul would disobey Him when Samuel first anointed him. God regretted making Saul king because Saul lost his humility and thought his actions were more important than God’s commands. Shortly after the beginning of time, God regretted making humans not because He was in the wrong, but because people no longer obeyed Him. The Israelites repeatedly grieved God with their complaining and unbelief, but He did not make a mistake in freeing them from bondage in Egypt.
God is like any good parent. If a child chooses to drink and drive and ends up killing someone, a parent may regret that they gave their child access to a car, but they do not regret having the child. If we turn our backs on God and disregard His commands, God may regret that He blessed us with this or that, but He does not regret the fact that we are His children. God regrets our disobedience and our bad choices (especially if we don’t repent), but He never regrets us.
1 Samuel 13
Focus Verse: I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering. (12)
When Saul got tired of waiting for Samuel to arrive, he also got tired of waiting on God. He saw that his soldiers were scattering. He saw that Samuel did not come at the set time. He saw the Philistines gathering against the Israelites. His sight overwhelmed his faith.
We shouldn’t lose heart just because we cannot see a way for God to deliver us. While waiting on Him to move, don’t lose patience and attempt to proceed on your own. The Lord is always on time.