Today’s Tasting: I Samuel 28–31; Psalm 18
I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
In my distress I called upon the Lord,
And cried out to my God;
He heard my voice from His temple,
And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. (Psalm 18:1–3, 6 NKJV)
In I Samuel 28:15–19, we read that Samuel has died and the Philistines are once again gathering for war against Israel. Saul is deeply afraid and asks a medium to conduct a séance so he can talk to Samuel. Samuel tells Saul that God has taken the kingdom from him and he is going to be killed.
“And Saul answered, ‘I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me anymore, neither by prophets nor by dreams. Therefore I have called you, that you may reveal to me what I should do.’
“Then Samuel said: ‘So why do you ask me, seeing the Lord has departed from you and has become your enemy? And the Lord has done for Himself as He spoke by me. For the Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hand and given it to your neighbor, David. Because you did not obey the voice of the Lord nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the Lord has done this thing to you this day. Moreover the Lord will also deliver Israel with you into the hand of the Philistines. And tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also deliver the army of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.’”
Today’s Nourishment: Have you ever been in trouble and thought that God did not hear your prayers? Have you ever asked God how long your time of trouble would last? David was on the run from Saul for years. While Saul had been living the life of a king, David had been in exile.
In Psalm 18 we read David’s cry to God in the midst of his trouble. David knows that God has promised that he will be king, but instead of seeing that promise fulfilled David is in fear for his life. The king wants him dead! David has been placed in a quandary. How long must he wait to become king? Does God want him to fight Saul for the kingdom? The answer for David was no. Neither does God desire us to fight our enemies in our own strength. In our time of trouble God desires us to follow David’s example and turn to Him.
Dear God, forgive us for everything we have thought, said, or done that does not reflect you. Move out of our lives whatever distracts us from communicating with you or blocks us from operating in love through You. Touch every broken heart, despairing spirit, and weary mind and give us peace. Reassure every person reading this that you never leave them, that you hear their cries in the midnight hour, and that you understand. Give each of us Your peace. Amen
Tomorrows Tasting: Psalm 121, 123–125, 128–130
Sonyita S. Connor-Clemons
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