Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
(1Samuel 21 & 22)
“My Refuge and My Strength”
Text: 1Samuel 21:2
“So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has ordered me on some business, and said to me, ‘Do not let anyone know anything about the business on which I send you, or what I have commanded you.’ And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.”
“My Refuge and My Strength,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
David lied to Abimelech because he was afraid of Saul, and he was afraid of Saul because he forgot the Source of his Refuge and Strength - His Lord and Shepherd (Psa.23:1-6).
Like many of us, in times of uncertainty and tribulation we can forget the Source of Our Refuge and Strength; and then Fear of Man replaces Fear of God, and we lie to cover up our fear.
This initial lie led to several additional lies that led David to the cave of Adullam, where he “re-discovered” his Refuge and his Strength was God.(1Sam.22:1-5).
Because a Shepherd’s Heart was growing in David, his failure while intense was brief; as the Lord’s mercy delivered him from his backsliding.
David would become a “Shepherd of Israel,” and “The Sweet Psalmist of Israel,”(2Sam.23:1), because his growing Shepherd’s Heart kept him “small in his own eyes,”all the days of his life. He was quick to confess and repent of sin because he was a man passionately pursuing the heart of God; Who was his Refuge and His Strength! Ooooh Rah!
David did not let his failure become a destination. His failure was “an event” that he confessed and repented of; and learned from!
David turned these “failures” into songs that he sang, and taught to people like you and I today….
That’s what made him the Sweet Psalmist of Israel!
Psalm 56 shows us when the backsliding ended with God’s deliverance from the Philistines at Gath -
Psalm 34 shows you and I what happened at Gath when he was captured by the Philistines -
Psalm 142 shows you and I the meditations of David n the cave of Adullum -
Psalm 57 shows you and I how David Strengthened himself in the Lord his God, while in the cave of Adullum; especially verses 5 and 11 -
All these Psalms were songs that David and Israel sang to rehearse and remember How Great God Is and how small we are in our own eyes!
Listen up Warrior! Don’t let your failure become a destination, make it an event, confess and repent from it, and learn from it by making it a song to sing and to teach others about How Great is Our God, our Refuge, and Our Strength -
And this will keep us small in our own eyes, and grateful in our hearts for His Great Love for you and I.
Oh Hallelujah I have to sing that chorus again:
“You’re My Refuge and My Strength
God of My Salvation,
Mighty Prince of Peace
And Lord of every nation.
And of Your Power there shall be no end -
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Bless Your Name!”
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy