1 Samuel 27 & 28: Grace In Thine Eyes
Verse of the Day: (27:5) And David said unto Achish, If I have now found grace in thine eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country, that I may dwell there: for why should thy servant dwell in the royal city with thee?
1. Grace (27:1-12)
And Achish believed David, saying, He hath made his people Israel utterly to abhor him; therefore he shall be my servant for ever. (27:12)
Our lives are truly unpredictable as sometimes we are joyful while at other times we are depressed. David was no exception, as he was joyful when he overcame Goliath, the giant Philistine, when no one in Israel could, but now he was depressed as he was running away from his own King Saul who refused to accept the fact that he shall be the next king of Israel. David then foolishly chose to be with his enemy, the Philistine King Achish, who graciously befriended him, and even gave him the city of Ziklag. However, Achish was making use of him to betray his own country. Subsequently, David realised his folly and repented his sin. Indeed, let us daily and boldly go to God’s throne, whether we are joyful or depressed, to seek His grace and help in time of all our needs. (Hebrews 4:16)
2. Great (28:1-12)
And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. (28:5)
After Samuel was promoted to heaven, Saul became greatly fearful and impatient as he disguised himself by night seeking a witch instead of seeking and waiting upon God for His counsel as to whether Israel should fight against the Philistines. Saul again failed to trust God, and God subsequently judged and punished him. Indeed, let us only seek God and His righteousness so that His richest blessings shall be upon us. (Matthew 6:33-34)
3. Gods (28:13-25)
And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. (28:13)
Though Satan was behind the witch, yet God was in control of everything as she actually revealed the truth that not only Israel shall be defeated, but that the Philistines shall slay Saul and his sons, and that David shall be the next king. When Saul heard these revelations, he became depressed, and the witch and his men had to encourage him to eat, and moved on in life. Time and again, God gave Saul opportunities to repent of his sins, but he rebelled against Him. Indeed, though the world believes in their gods, yet the true God shall prevail against them. Let us therefore put on the whole armour of God which consists of His salvation, righteousness, truth, peace and Word as well as our faith and prayer, that we shall withstand the wiles of Satan and his demons. (Ephesians 6:10-19)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that Your grace and help are sufficient for me at all times.