Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-5 Not Valuing Identity from God
David was a popular person, often this kind of people will also be around our lives, popular and capable. Jonathan was the son of the king and one of the only two people in the nation that held a sword. But Jonathan had a soul tie with David, he wanted to please David, so he gave him his sword, his robe, his belt and his bow. Jonathan did not honour his authority and did not treasure his identity as the prince.
Every position we have on the world is from God. God gave Jonathan this royal position, but he did not treasure it. He wanted to please David, but it costed his life.
Section Two V6-16 Not Valuing Authority from God
The people came out to welcome Saul, but they saw David with the head of Goliath. Therefore, they sang the songs to praise David instead of praising the king. We should always honour the leader, no matter who did what, the authority is always the one, who should be honoured first. It was not yet David’s time, even the enemy saw him as a small child. But David wanted to use his gifts to prove himself.
It was just like Joseph, who talked to his father and brothers about his dream, which offended them and led to his hardship. At the end he walked a long journey to come back to the right path to save his family. With Moses, when he was young, he wanted to fight for justice, be ended up going to the wilderness for 40 years before being called by God. Only our Lord Jesus Christ, who was willing to humble Himself and waited for God’s timing.
David was unwilling to wait for his time to come, he tried to show and prove his ability that made the people in the city despise the king. Do we honour our authority? Don’t compare our authority with others, but to support them because all authorities are from God. Saul was hurt and angry by the words of people, therefore David was also being mistreated.
A leader represents the whole army, so do not try to lift up anyone more than the leader, but to honour our leader, who represents all of us. We should not challenge the bottom line of our authority, may the Holy Spirit examine us, don’t let us be the troublemakers but to be the blessings to our authority.
Saul also did not value his authority. He knew God had left him, but if he could quiet down himself and focus on what he should do, he could have still walked in God’s destined position. God chose Saul to fight the Philistines, therefore even if he was not the king, he could still live out God’s Will in his life!
Saul didn’t see how God has blessed him with David, but chose to walk in his flesh. He used every way to send David away from him. Why did the people like to follow David? Because David let them follow him everywhere. The further away Saul sent David, the closer David’s relationship is with people following him.
God gives us capable men around us to help us, not for us to send away. But often when we become jealous of someone or having difficulty with them, we want to make every excuse to send them away. Saul did not value the authority God gave him but used it to send away David.
Section Three V17-30 Not Value Inheritance from God
Saul wanted to kill David with the hands of the Philistines. So he told David to fight the Philistines so he could be his son-in-law. But David disregarded himself and despised his own family. David wanted to prove himself in front of Saul, because he was despised in his family, by his father and brothers.
We should always honour our parents, why do people despise us? Because we despise our own family in front of people. Honouring our parents doesn’t mean we completely agree with them, but to honour the position God gives to them on the world.
Saul tried to attract David with all the good things he can offer. We should not try to control the people around us but be willing to let go and not to be afraid.
Saul asked David to kill 100 but he killed 200 Philistines because he wanted to receive the praise from Saul. Inside of David, he had an orphan spirit, an inner vow and disbelief that everything he could do was from God. It’s easy for us to see the problems of this world, of our family and of our authority, but don’t see the God, who rules and reigns behind everything.
When something displeases us, we would do or say things that devalue the special identity God gives to us: as a parent, as a family member, as a church, as a leader, let us value what God has given to us and wait for His perfect timing!
*Prayer & Pursuit
Lord, forgive us, we’ve wronged our authority, we’ve wronged our family, and we’ve wronged You, help us to turn back and be willing to come before You, let Your blood cover us and forgive our sin of wilfulness. We hurt others and ourselves with our words and actions, forgive us, Lord, for living in this lie. Help us to come before Your mercy seat, and let Your blood cover us.
You created us with Your Image, help us to value how You made us to be and what You gave us. Break every inner vow within us and restore to what You’ve created us in the beginning. Amen.
V6-7 妇女们本来是要来“迎接扫罗王”，但因为看见大卫带着歌利亚的头进来，就赞美大卫。在一个军队中，无论各人战绩如何，最大的尊荣都应该归给统帅。虽然大卫确实行了比扫罗厉害的事（17章），但是大卫的时间还没到 – 这就好像当初雅各的儿子约瑟在年轻的时候太着急在父母和哥哥面前表现自己，遭致被卖，经历牢狱之灾才受重用；摩西当年也是尝试用自己的血气去为人打抱不平，直到在旷野中逃亡40年变得“拙口笨舌”的时候才被神呼召；大卫在时刻未到的时候就锋芒毕露，尝试用自己的恩赐证明自己。他们都没有像主耶稣这样谦卑等待。那些赞美大卫的妇女也没有尊荣扫罗，正如丈夫也不当在妻子面前赞美其他女人。我们是否能尊荣我们的权柄，在言语中不将他们与其他人比较？