Happy Thanksgiving! May today be blessed as you are hopefully spending it in a meaningful way with family and/or friends. Here are some verses to meditate on:
Psalm 95:2 — Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!Psalm 50:23 — The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!
Ephesians 5:4 — Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
Psalm 50:23 — The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly, I will show the salvation of God!
2 Corinthians 4:15 — For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
Psalm 69:30 — I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Today’s passage highlights a moment of high tension between David and Saul. Saul was hunting him down, and decided to send a small army after him. David knew the cliffs of Engedi well, an area that was filled with caverns and a flowing stream in the desert. He had Saul in a very vulnerable position… and showed him mercy.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM 1 SAMUEL 24?
- How far sin can take you. Saul’s pride was now causing him to pursue his own son’s best friend’s death. And David wasn’t an outsider; he was a hero and a warrior who wanted to serve Saul.
- What bad company can do to you if you make them your primary influencers. Saul believed the lies that people were telling him about David instead of seeking out the truth. Be careful whom you surround yourself with.
- The heart and character of David (in his early days). David knew God’s mercy, so he showed God’s mercy. He would not do this kind of wrong to the king of Israel. He was willing to forgive and continue serving the very one who was trying to kill him!
- A glimpse of Jesus. The way David responded here to an enemy is how our Savior responds to us when we turn in faith to Him.
What did God teach you today? And what are you thankful for? Please comment and share your thoughts. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
By: Todd Thomas