Highlights In Today's Reading:
Here's a point to ponder: God used both Samuel and David, as youths to fulfill His will. David gives Saul his résumé, his objective, and why — Goliath (17:26,34-37,47). Check out David's weapon (17:45). David gains the heart of all Israel and Judah (18:16) and Saul's son and daughter (18:1,20), but Saul becomes jealous (18:9-11).
When Saul was a young man, his character seemed to reveal true humility (10:27). After he won his first battle, he humbly announced: To day the Lord hath wrought salvation in Israel (11:13). But the humility that marked this first victory quickly changed to pride as he gained more power and prestige.
And it came to pass . . . when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out . . . with joy, and with instruments of musick. And . . . said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands (18:6-7).
David's rising popularity was too much for Saul. Pride and jealousy so controlled Saul that an evil spirit from God came upon him (18:10). He eventually determined to either murder David or cause him to be killed (18:25).
Later, David had the opportunity to retaliate and kill Saul, but his love for God and his obedience to the Word of God would not let him (24:6; 26:9). We must never lose sight of our opportunities to pray for, as well as go to the aid of, those who would be our enemies. Jesus said: Love your enemies . . . That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven (Matt. 5:44-45).
This is the most exalted spiritual level for it ends on this note: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect (5:48). What we are told, therefore, is to treat others as God treats us and them.
Our lives must be governed by a new principle of love. We must see people as hell-bound sinners for whom Jesus died, and do everything we can to save them. God loved this sinful world and sent His only begotten Son to save it (John 3:16).
As long as a person is living for self-interest, he is overly sensitive, jealous, and envious, and is always reacting to what others do or say. The Christian is no longer of the world, but our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20). Christ within us will determine our conduct and behavior when we let Him.
Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21).
Thought for Today:
The Word of God teaches us to humble ourselves, but a jealous person always wants to be the most important one in the crowd.
By Jonathan, who knew the will of God was to make David king and stripped himself of his royal robes and made a covenant promising all that he had to David (I Sam. 18:3-4). Jesus, knowing the will of God, cast off His heavenly robes and took upon Him the form of a servant . . . and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:5-8).
17:6 greaves =leggings of brass; 17:18 take their pledge =bring back news of how they are doing; 17:20 trench =b> camp; 17:22 carriage =baggage, supplies; 17:31 rehearsed =b> reported; 17:39 assayed =tried, attempted; proved =tested, tried; 17:40 a scrip = small pouch; 17:43 staves =sticks; 17:53 spoiled =booted; 17:56 stripling =youth; 18:9 eyed =kept his eye upon David with suspicion, envy, and jealousy; 18:11 avoided =escaped; 18:27 tale =number.
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Optional Reading: Acts 7
Memory Verse for the Week: Matthew 6:9-10