SATURDAY September 28, 2019
So David said to Achish, “Surely you know what your servant can do.” And Achish said to David, “Therefore I will make you one of my chief guardians forever.”
1 Samuel 28:2
David was still in the camp of the enemy. He had been boldly lying about his whereabouts to the King of Gath. He gave him a false report. Where was his heart for God? Achish really thought David was loyal and that he would stay with him forever. Imagine that! Achish wanted David to become his personal bodyguard. However, David was not going to stay in Gath with the Philistines forever. God had a call and a plan for his life. David would become King of Israel, and he would fight against the Philistines once more!
As we can see, David was not a perfect man. In the book of Psalms, David began to write with such boldness in the beginning. His words were strong and powerful. He sounded somewhat self-righteous in the way he wrote and thought. Yet when David wrote Psalm 51, his character softened, and his real heart for God is seen. David had fallen into sin––adultery. He went through some hard lessons in life that caused him to become broken, humble and repentant before the Lord:
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin (Psalm 51:1-2).
Some Christians are not truthful when they speak. Christians should not lie:…putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25). We should no longer lie or cover our actions with deception. If you are not truthful and sincere, then where is your true heart for God? As a child of God, remain broken and humble. Confess your sins before God. Then you can be bold before men, in His righteousness, and not your own.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart—
these, O God, You will not despise.
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