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!
1 Samuel 24
1 From there David went up and installed himself in the strongholds of En-Gedi.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
23 This David swore to Saul, and Saul went home while David and his men went back to the stronghold.
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.
5 Be exalted above the heavens, God! Your glory over all the earth!
7 My heart is ready, God, my heart is ready; I will sing, and make music for you.
11 Be exalted above the heavens, God! Your glory over all the earth!