Providence, not chance is at work here. The Amalekites are the original enemy of God’s people as they came up out of Egypt. David’s rescue of his own from their hands, is a divine beacon to the fact that David is the Christ/Messiah of God. His kingdom is to succeed Saul’s.
* Lord God Above, it is good to be near You – May we make You our refuge!
“But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
This is a coin-story, two sides.
We see David continue to rise, and act like a king should.
We see Saul, the Lord’s anointed, suffer death.
It is a violent end for Saul and his sons. Killed in battle, bodies mutilated afterward.
And David shows how we should respond to trouble and anguish – He turns to the Lord for strength.
He did not try to work in his own strength or intellect, did not try and find a way through on his own.
David turns to the Lord.
Saul was a broken man, who in the darkest moment died on his own sword.
David was a broken man, who in the darkest moment turned to God.
We can be encouraged to persevere as David did, and to turn to the Lord in times of trial as well as when we succeed – That our trust and faith in the Lord and His working for our good is clear and evident.
* Lord God Above,
Please help us turn to You Lord. To bring You thanks, and cast our cares on You, to confess our wrongdoing.
Please forgive us our sins Lord God, wash us clean today.