Wednesday, 21st April 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-12: David and Abishai
Now the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding in the hill of Hachilah, opposite Jeshimon?” (V1) The Ziphite did not learn his lesson, again he came to Saul and told him David’s whereabouts. He did not realise God was on David’s side, he only wanted to please Saul and get the reward from him.
Saul listened to the Ziphite, he left his place in Gibeah and went to the Wilderness of Ziph. God gave Saul such a good place in Gibeah, but he was unwilling to stay in where God put him. The wilderness was for David, but Saul chose to leave his place and went to the wilderness in his flesh. We should not be a debt collector, always chasing after the things that don’t belong to us, or chasing after the people who wronged us.
On the other hand, David heard that Saul was in the wilderness so he called his followers to come with him. When facing Goliath, David’s three brothers were there. However it was David, who stood up. Furthermore, there were many capable people around David, but those who really followed him was the people of the cave of Adullam, those who were running away from the world in the beginning but at the end used mightily by God. Abishai responded to David, but he was in a doing mode, but David did not need a doing person, he only wanted a company, someone who was willing to take the risk and fight alongside him together. Often we cannot respond to God and respond to our authority. Because we think we don’t know what to do or we think we cannot do it, but God and our authority only wanted a simple and willing heart.
First time when David encountered Saul, he cut off a piece of Saul’s garment. David wanted to kill Saul but he didn’t. This time David changed, not only he did not want to kill Saul but also from his heart he respected and honoured Saul. Furthermore David was willing to teach Abishai to respect God’s anointed authority. Even if we didn’t take action, if we thought about it we also sinned. We also don’t like to correct others because we didn’t want to offend other people but Bible taught us to speak the truth in love. If we want to influence lives and be a teacher, then we need to take up the responsibility to teach. Furthermore, even though we are willing to follow, but if we stay in a ‘doing’ mode, a perspective of the tree of knowledge, then we will influence our leader in a negative way. We need to have love and gentleness to be a good helper.
Section Two V13-25: Saul and Abner
Saul had a different attitude here compared to at the beginning of this chapter. He brought his army and came to the wilderness of Ziph to kill David. But after he saw how David responded, his attitude changed. We can influence other people, even our authority, if we focus on God instead of what we are lacking or the problems in our lives. Stop complaining on why bad things happen, and start to see what God wants to do in all situations!
David took Saul’s spare and jug then he called Abner instead of Saul. David was teaching Abner a lesson, if he followed Saul with a ‘doing’ mode then he could never help Saul. We thought we did and we listened, but do we listen and obey out of love? Do not be like Abishai or Abner, following without a heart.
When Saul was chasing David to go to the Philistines, it was easy for David to worship other gods. We need to see the intention and the work of the enemy, not for David to be killed but to force David to worship other gods! V19 “Now therefore, please, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant: If the Lord has stirred you up against me, let Him accept an offering. But if it is the children of men, may they be cursed before the Lord, for they have driven me out this day from sharing in the inheritance of the Lord, saying, ‘Go, serve other gods.’” If we become a debt collector, we are pushing people to leave God and to worship other gods. The Bible taught us not to trip over the little ones, do not be a debt collector but to let go.
David lifted up God, he didn’t draw out his sword, and he won the battle, Saul responded “I have sinned. Return, my son David. For I will harm you no more, because my life was precious in your eyes this day. Indeed I have played the fool and erred exceedingly.” (V21) It was the last time David and Saul saw each other before Saul died.
David knew the rules of Heaven, he let God vindicate, instead of trying to fight for himself. In here David said, “And indeed, as your life was valued much this day in my eyes, so let my life be valued much in the eyes of the Lord, and let Him deliver me out of all tribulation.” (V24)
David changed his attitude and lift up to God. If we are a debt collector and unwilling to forgive, then all the problems will come to us. We still don’t understand and a lot of times we think it’s unfair. David knew the secret, when he let go of Saul, he received healing and he received peace. The rules of the heaven is when we let go we will receive victory. Jesus also knew this rule, he gave up on His life and won eternal life not only for Himself but also for everyone following Him.
David changed Saul and testified God before Saul, before the Ziphite, and before Abishai. We represent God, not only in good times but also in bad times. Can we be selfless and lift up God only in front of others? Let us be true to ourselves, let go of our flesh desires and be more like Jesus.
Prayer and Pursuit
Lord, Your love is deep and wide, from the morning to the evening, Your love is always with us. Help us not to be a debt collector, but to become someone, who can love, accompany and support others. Help us to be willing to believe in You, only Your love can fill us. This morning, we come before You, willing to offer ourselves, to pray and seek You. Bless us, Lord, to be the Tree of Life, bearing many fruits. Help us to start anew, let go of our old-self, let go of our hurts, and let Your light shine in our lives. Amen!
亚希米勒 – 一个来投靠大卫的勇士 – 在大卫最需要人的时候，他没有站出来，反而是一个更年轻的亚比筛愿意跟随。