After reading David and Saul’s stories over the past couple of weeks, two major lines of thought swirl through my tired brain:
FIRST, Saul was an intelligent man, mighty warrior, and brilliant king who was brought down and dethroned be one person alone: himself. About the time he stood at the top of his game, pride pulled the rug out. It’s painful to realize that greatness can be reduced to nothingness so quickly. But it’s also sobering to understand the same can happen to me if I don’t make sure my heart is right. Easier said than done.
SECOND, David’s anointing to his life purpose came years before he saw the first sign of its fulfillment. Samuel told David he was to be God’s chosen king, a pronouncement followed by David running for his life, living in caves, hanging out with a bunch of brigands and begging for food from pagan countries. That would cause me some serious self-doubt, to which I’d likely respond by taking matters into my own hands. David did not. He prayed, praised, questioned. And waited. Reading Psalms is like reading his journal. Transparent and authentic and raw. I love it.
All of this leads me to one conclusion: Life is not always fair, nor does it always make sense. But God’s still in the middle of it.
Hope you enjoy your reading this week. I’m thinking about you.
- Day 113 (Monday): 1 Chronicles 1-2
- Day 114: Psalm 43-45, Psalm 49, Psalm 84-85, Psalm 87
- Day 115: 1 Chronicles 3-4
- Day 116: Psalm 73, Psalm 77-78
- Day 117: 1 Chronicles 6
- Day 118: Psalm 81, Psalm 88, Psalm 92-93
- Day 119: 1 Chronicles 7-10