每日诗歌: 耶稣给你平安 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev2W0GTldqQ)
1 Samuel 22 [Read]
1 Samuel 23 [Read]
1 Samuel 24 [Read]
Luke 16:1-18 [Read]
I don’t like traveling. Even though I enjoy going to places to learn about new things, the lodging always bothers me. I don’t sleep well in a new bed, and changing room everyday simply makes me feel exhaustive. What’s the point of traveling if I have to suffer along the way?
But a hotel room is much more comfortable than a cave, and an ordinary pastor is nowhere near the nobility of a God-anointed King. Such comparison provided me the proper perspective for today’s OT reading. David, the anointed king of Israel, was being chased by Saul at the time. He had to pretend to be insane in front of the Philistines (21:13), and that must have been rather degrading. He had to live in a cave in Adullam, and his family had to go there probably to escape from the evil hands of Saul. Then, he had to bear the guilt of causing the whole family of the priest in Nob to be killed. And all these seemed to come upon him since he was anointed by Samuel. What was in David’s mind when he lived in that cave?
Psalms 56 and 57 provided the answer. He was afraid (56:3), he shed much tears (56:8), and he knew that his life was in great danger (56:13, 57:4). If being a king of people of God had to live like that, we would probably choose to give it all up. At least, we think we should have earned the right to complain a little bit. But David did a few surprising things. He trusted God (56:3, 4, 10, 11), he asked for mercy from God (56:1, 57:1), and, most importantly, he praised God under such difficult circumstances (56:4, 10, 57:5, 7, 9-11). In the darkest hours of his life of being the chosen King, he held tight to the LORD and praised in the midst of the fiercest storm of his life. Such behavior set him apart from others, and such unwavering faith earned him the noble position in God’s redemptive plan.
But the cave of Adullam was not just for David, it was also for “all those who were in distress or in debt or discontented” (22:2). This reminded me about another King who told us that “come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28). Indeed, we can always come to the cave of Adullam of our life to praise him and to ask for mercy. He shall give us rest.
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