I’m not sure if it can get any lower then your own son trying to dethrone you as king. Ever since his sin with Bathsheba, David’s family was suffering the consequences. Beginning with the death of the illegitimate child from the affair and now internal jealousies. Now his son, Absalom had won the hearts of Israel and was about to lead a rebellion against King David’s throne. To protect Israel, prevent a civil war, and avoid bloodshed with his own son, King David fled. Sometimes in our situations and conflicts, it’s wisest for us to not exactly flee, but instead step away when other options seem to point to continued conflict or vengeance.
More often than not, our initial response to an attack is to defend ourselves. But sometimes it’s best for us to keep peace by spending time with the Lord and trusting Him in the midst of it. In fact we continue to see David’s heart and response in this chapter in Psalm 3 where he writes his prayer to the Lord when in retreat from Absalom across the Jordan River.
1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor