AS A CHILD WEANED
Now we come back to David as he looks up to the hills/Lord/ humbling himself before God as a child weaned.
Here David is being pursued by King Saul - here David is speaking to God alone and not before men [although the Holy Spirit chose to reveal this prayer in scripture.]
And so we begin another story/fact with only 19 Psalms to go we are running short of time and Psalms
Here we have three verses to work on
THE TWO KINGS
Lets lay some groundwork here and get the background scene to this as David is persecuted and his life is threatened by the King he continued to see as "anointed"
Now after "the small David had killed the Philistine giant.there came the day when the women sang "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands"
King Saul was enraged by this and became jealous of David, the very next day King Saul saw the Holy Spirit depart from him and an evil spirit allowed by God "take over"
Here even though Saul continues to be seen by David as anointed 1 Samuel 24:10 -Saul see's him as a threat to his Throne. 1 Samuel 16:14 - 1 Samuel 18:10 Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
Now King Saul seeks to kill David and continues to hunt him down and this takes us to the cave of Adullam in 1 Samuel 22:1
David is a man on the run as King Saul plots against him 1 Samuel 23:9 but God was Davids Guardian and fortress
Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.
Indeed David spared King Saul's life twice and let him go twice - yet the lord had departed frm King Saul 1 Samuel 28:16 so King Saul was an enemy of God.
And so King Saul took his own life and died by his own sword.
THE THREE HEARTS
David now becomes Kings Saul's son inlaw - now compare this to the family troubles within King David's family and Solomons family - where son's seek to take their thrones away from their fathers. [the difference here was that God saw that David's heart was not trying to take the Throne [become his own god] we saw in previous studies that "man son's and daughters sought power and fame - to raise themselves up [as eagles] but here David sought after God's heart [both Saul and David were anointed [had God's Spirit] but one lost it.
Here King Saul was plotting against David and manipulation and betrayal was the order of the day [as it happens Michal adulterated with another man named Phalti and became his wife.
After David had become King she goes back to David even though she despised him 2 Samuel 6:16 now Michal was as one divorced 2 Samuel 6:16
Here you have two hearts and I believe this is where and what the torch is focussing on here in this study.
The difference between two hearts - the one purposed towards God and the other pursuing it's own end
The heart of David and the heart of King Saul [both anointed by God] - the heart of David and the heart of Michal [King Saul's youngest daughter - the first wife of David]
Here we have the Two Kingdoms...
I am reminded of "a kingdom divided aginst itself will fall" well no- here - [the now King David restores michal as the first wife] even though she betrayed him 2 Samuel 3:13
THE HEART OF MICHAL
Here the difference was in Michal's heart that sought influence and power - that did not want to follow the fugitive, small man, without money ... living in caves and on the run.... [from her father - being used as an instrument by her father to defeat David - who wanted nothing of a man after God's heart] who continued to despise King David after he became King and spat at him as He danced before God.
What of the heart of King Saul ? he was told by Samuel to wait 7 days .
1 Samuel 13:8 And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
Here King Saul could not wait until the end of the seventh day and became impatient and therefore took it upon himself to make sacrifices. 1 Samuel 13:9 So he said, ?Bring me the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings.? And Saul offered up the burnt offering. 10Just as he finished making the offering, Samuel arrived, and Saul went out to greet him.
And so the commandment here was not a written word [what you see as a bilbical command - but a word given by God "a now word"
1 Samuel 13:13 And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which he commanded you: for now would the LORD have established your kingdom on Israel for ever.
Now King Saul later goes against his own decrees and sought to summon up Samuel from the dead ...
1 Samuel 28:3 Meanwhile, Samuel had died, and all Israel had mourned for him. He was buried in Ramah, his hometown. And Saul had banned from the land of Israel all mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead.
4 The Philistines set up their camp at Shunem, and Saul gathered all the army of Israel and camped at Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the vast Philistine army, he became frantic with fear. 6 He asked the Lord what he should do, but the Lord refused to answer him, either by dreams or by [color=blue]sacred lots [/color]or by the prophets. 7 Saul then said to his advisers, ?Find a woman who is a medium, so I can go and ask her what to do.
This is the Witch of Endor - a medium - King Saul here sought another source of power and did not wait or ask God - and God refused to answer or give a word to him.
Like a child or teenager who has selective hearing and only answers or speaks when they want to [and even then with limited mouth movement] King Saul would not seek God and so God did not seek Saul .
Not because God did not want to or that Saul's responses to Him made God love him any less - but simply because God could not respond Jeremiah 5:21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear they indeed have unhumbled hearts..
The Divine to human element and metaphor may fail here [as a parent may not see their child as Christian or a child of God - but God may] or the other way around.
Indeed although your own children may not be mentioned by name in scripture - this neither means they are or are not God's .
Indeed there responses to you may be quite different to their responses to God and so this is an unknown .
On the other hand responses can be purely to please parents and not God and responses alone - do not equal eternal life.
As good does not equal God's goodness - neither do good works enable me to be good in God's eyes.
This is where the human response and metaphor may fail.
However - David here was lifted up [in this life] to be the King . [even though he had done dreadful things before God] Hebrews 10:31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. and so David lost out in 2 Samuel 12:18
I often wonder what this child had done to deserve this .... however we do not know what happened to this this child "who had never lived" I wonder how somebody with no ability can respond / can be saved" and how somebody who has never had the chance to live can be "born again"
Here in this afterlife [which was never non life [ and can only be called "non existence" we must assume that "eternal llife" is only through Jesus and not bound by response or heart" maybe a different rule is writtren here.. [who knows] here all our theology and learning falls down before God.
And so David is persecuted for years by many including Saul and his armies.
Remember this is the song of degrees, the Psalms of ascent as each in Saul's /Davids and Solomons family attempt to find a higher rank and we have found that each gets lowered.
In this study we have glimpsed at Michal, David and King Saul where we find Michal being lowered, Saul being lowered and David being brought to a higher place / another step.
David this says Psalm 131:1 My heart is not proud, LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me
Now this is where this prayer is coming from as David runs and hides and dodges and seeks to follow God.
I get the impression of foundations here and a Door and a person walking through it - I have Revelation 3:7 - Job 12:14 - Isaiah 22:22 - here Jesus holds the keys.
David never sought Kingship 1 Samuel 16:11 - but was being prepared for it. he was being weaned as a child in the Lord .
This study simply shows where David is coming from [in these three verses]
This is Davids reply "while being sought, persecuted and misled"
His only concern was to follow God and seek God's heart.
This is the overiding theme in Davids life. [I lift my eyes to the hills - was also a psalm of "the now King David as he battled with his own son "absalom" in Psalm 121 and this is where absalom also dies by his own sword.[again trying to take Kingship by his own steps/ascent/degrees/]
We now begin to see how these psalms are put together with an underlying theme and we view the power struggles [whether in families or between nations or within nations] here nations battle with God as well as people [individuals] and hearts against hearts.
But it is only God who opens doors and shuts doors and this was spoken of King Cyrus [an eagle] in Isaiah 45:1 "This is what the LORD says to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut.
Now King Cyrus releases God's people to rebuild the ancient walls - allowing Nehemiah [being raised up] to take the lead.
This is not human will - but God's Sovereign Will - declaring the future days of His reign over the people -as here God declares who will be raised up and who will not.
Lord God in Jesus name even though things may not go my way - I thankyou that you may be raising me up for greater things even though many come up against me - this is only for a season - or be it many years,
Thankyou Lord of my life - that you have a purpose and a meaning - a reason and a future for my life - In Jesus Name Amen.
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