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Thoughts and Reflection

Today in our readings, David spares the life of Saul. He knows that God has chosen and anointed Saul. He is still the king to fight for the people of Israel against their enemies. God can give and take kingship from anyone he wants but David is not God. He can’t kill the Lord’s anointed. David recognizes his own limits.

At times we may want to overextend our reach into battles that God hasn’t asked us to fight. We need to be aware of our limitations and seek God’s guidance. There is nothing greater than fighting the battles the Lord wants us to. We need to be able to ask God for his guidance and grace.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 Samuel 24

1 From there David went up and installed himself in the strongholds of En-Gedi.

2 Once Saul was back from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, ‘David is now in the desert of En-Gedi.’

3 Saul thereupon took three thousand men selected from all Israel and went in search of David and his men east of the Rocks of the Mountain Goats.

4 He came to the sheepfolds along the route, where there was a cave, and went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were sitting in the recesses of the cave;

5 David’s men said to him, ‘Today is the day of which Yahweh said to you, “I shall deliver your enemy into your power; do what you like with him.” ‘ David got up and, unobserved, cut off the border of Saul’s cloak.

6 Afterwards David reproached himself for having cut off the border of Saul’s cloak.

7 He said to his men, ‘Yahweh preserve me from doing such a thing to my lord as to raise my hand against him, since he is Yahweh’s anointed.’

8 By these words David restrained his men and would not let them attack Saul.

9 Saul then left the cave and went on his way. After this, David too left the cave and called after Saul, ‘My lord king!’ Saul looked behind him and David, bowing to the ground, prostrated himself.

10 David then said to Saul, ‘Why do you listen to people who say, “David intends your ruin”?

11 This very day you have seen for yourself how Yahweh put you in my power in the cave and how, refusing to kill you, I spared you saying, “I will not raise my hand against my lord, since he is Yahweh’s anointed.”

12 Look, father, look at the border of your cloak in my hand. Since, although I cut the border off your cloak, I did not kill you, surely you realise that I intend neither mischief nor crime. I have not wronged you, and yet you hunt me down to take my life.

13 May Yahweh be judge between me and you, and may Yahweh avenge me on you; but I shall never lay a hand on you!

14 (As the old proverb says: Wickedness comes out of wicked people, but I shall never lay a hand on you!)

15 On whose trail is the king of Israel campaigning? Whom are you pursuing? On the trail of a dead dog, of a flea!

16 May Yahweh be the judge and decide between me and you; may he examine and defend my cause and give judgement for me by rescuing me from your clutches!’

17 When David had finished saying this to Saul, Saul said, ‘Is that your voice, my son David?’ And Saul began to weep aloud.

18 ‘You are upright and I am not,’ he said to David, ‘since you have behaved well to me, whereas I have behaved badly to you.

19 And today you have shown how well you have behaved to me, since Yahweh had put me in your power but you did not kill me.

20 When a man comes on his enemy, does he let him go unmolested? May Yahweh reward you for the good you have done me today!

21 Now I know that you will indeed reign and that the sovereignty in Israel will pass into your hands.

22 Now swear to me by Yahweh that you will not suppress my descendants once I am gone, or blot my name out of my family.’

23 This David swore to Saul, and Saul went home while David and his men went back to the stronghold.

Psalm 57

1 [For the choirmaster Tune: ‘Do not destroy’ Of David In a quiet voice When he escaped from Saul in the cave] Take pity on me, God, take pity on me, for in you I take refuge, in the shadow of your wings I take refuge, until the destruction is past.

2 I call to God the Most High, to God who has done everything for me;

3 may he send from heaven and save me, and check those who harry me; may God send his faithful love and his constancy.

4 I lie surrounded by lions, greedy for human prey, their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword.

5 Be exalted above the heavens, God! Your glory over all the earth!

6 They laid a snare in my path — I was bowed with care — they dug a pit ahead of me, but fell in it themselves.

7 My heart is ready, God, my heart is ready; I will sing, and make music for you.

8 Awake, my glory, awake, lyre and harp, that I may awake the Dawn.

9 I will praise you among the peoples, Lord, I will make music for you among nations,

10 for your faithful love towers to heaven, your constancy to the clouds.

11 Be exalted above the heavens, God! Your glory over all the earth!

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