DON’T GIVE UP ON GOD, GIVE IN TO GOD –
What happened when David found himself in the palace courts of the Philistine Abimelech while trying to hide from Saul’s henchmen, can be found in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. Although referred to as Achish king of Gath, to the Philistines the word “Abimelech” meant the same thing as “Pharaoh” to the Egyptians, and “Caesar” to the Romans. It is one of the most interesting events in David’s life. But it’s how he expressed himself when it was over that is refreshing. He found out that what you say in the midst of a conflict can change after it’s over, when God helps you see what the battle was all about. So we should never quit in the middle of the fight when we know that God is fighting for us.
“I’ll never stop praising the LORD Eternal, it’s the first thing out of my mouth. I will constantly brag about the LORD Eternal so those who are under pressure will be encouraged. So join me in magnifying the LORD Eternal, and exalting Him for who He is. When I needed Him most, He was there to help me out; this released me from the bondage of fear. This will help anyone to look up toward heaven with a smile on their face, instead of a frown. It sure worked for my miserable soul, for when I called out in distress He listened and brought me peace of mind. I found out that His angels stand in a circle around those who worship Him, and see to it that they are victorious. So I encourage you to try it and you’ll see just how good the LORD Eternal is. Count your blessings if you have learned to truly trust in Him. That’s why I encourage all His saints to look up to Him; because those who worship Him will have His blessed assurance in time of need.” Psalm 34:1-9
Reflection: It took the great British Prime Minister Winston Churchill three years to get through the eighth grade because he kept failing the English test. Nevertheless, many years later when the German Nazis stood ready to capture England and put it under Hitler’s rule, Churchill was asked to give the commencement address at Oxford University, on Wednesday, October 29, 1941. In his speech the former student who had trouble passing English uttered a phrase that gets quoted over and over again throughout the English speaking world: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.”
As David lurched from one dangerous encounter with Saul to another, he constantly dealt with grief and frustration. Yet he felt such loyalty to God’s will for his life that he would rather die than fail in his responsibility. Some may feel that the way David handled every situation was questionable, but one thing is for sure, he never lost faith that God remained in charge of his life. In other words, David never gave up and excluded God from any of his decisions, and neither should we. 10/24/12