Discover the Book Mar. 7, 2011


How to Respond When Wronged by Others 

As we open to I Samuel 25 we are opening to David getting the opportunity to apply all the wonderful truths he has been learning. Just like the lessons we hear in Sunday School class are wonderful, but seem so different when we are actually out on the street witnessing, or on a missions trip.

First, David suffers the intense frustration when wronged in a business deal. David writes Psalms 14 first and then Psalm 53 later in life on—how to overcome the feelings of hurt when deeply wronged and wounded by someone in a business deal.  In First Samuel 25, David faces the danger of bitterness toward Nabal “the fool”.  When God delivers him, David writes Psalms 14 & 53. The key to these Psalms is the word fool which in Hebrew is Nabal (which opens this Psalm and is used 17 times in the account of 1st Samuel 25). 

David Got a Temporary

Job Working for a Fool

In the Wilderness of Paran, David and his men encamped near the shepherds of Nabal—a very rich but harsh and evil man who had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. When David heard that Nabal was shearing his sheep, he sent ten young men to greet him, saying on David’s behalf: 

“Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have! Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds were with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore, let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David” (1 Samuel 25:6-8).

To make a long story short, the scoundrel refused to help. David was so furious that Nabal was paying him evil for good that he immediately planned to wreak revenge on him and his male household.

Once again, God’s sovereignty was brought to bear on David’s life. Through Abigail, the Lord intervened to keep him from sinning because he’d given place to the devil and planned to repay Nabal’s evil with evil. God’s way is to … not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for … “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:19, 21).

In the Wilderness of Paran, after facing the danger of his anger toward Nabal “the fool” and God delivered him, David likely wrote Psalm 14 & 53—his resolve to not act foolishly when wronged by a fool. Note in your Bible by I Samuel 25 a note that the lessons of Psalms 14 & 53 are from this period.

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Originally published March 07, 2011.