July 20, 2011
4 The men said, "This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, 'I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.' " Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul's robe.5 Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. 6 He said to his men, "The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord's anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord." 1 Sam 24: 4-5
So Saul is pursing David with 3,000 men, seeking to take his very life. Saul walks into a cave to relieve himself unaware David and his men are hiding there. David could have at that very moment taken the life of Saul, unhindered by Saul’s army.
Yet David did not act in violence. He did not do what he could have done.
What stopped him ?
What power in the human heart in that moment allowed him to make the decision not to avenge his own life, not to seek justice, not to harm ? Not to end this relentless pursuit that must’ve driven him almost over the edge. . . . . . .
I would suggest that David put the will of God above his own. Delighting the heart of God against all comfort and anything that would have made his life more tolerable at that moment is what stopped him. Is there any one on earth, any other being such as David, whose heart is fully set on the things of God?
Perhaps it is a lofty ambition, but can we not aspire? Can we not say” Let it be said of me that I was a person whose heart was after the things of God and for his glory only shall I choose what is right in his eyes”. Make it so Lord, make it so.