THURSDAY May 19, 2016
Time to Escape
So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom. Make haste to depart, lest he overtake us suddenly and bring disaster upon us, and strike the city with the edge of the sword.” - 2 Samuel 15:14
In this sudden time of war, David decided to flee instead of fight. Notice the heart of the king was towards his people, he did not want to bring bloodshed upon them or his loyal men. He sought the most peaceful solution open to him, leaving the city and escaping disaster was the best option.
I believe with all my heart another reason David did not do anything about Absalom was because he knew the hand of God had allowed him to reap what he had sown in his life. Remember, the Lord had foretold David: …the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife’ (2 Samuel 12:10).
In this traumatic period in his life, David wrote Psalm 3. He called out to God because of those who had risen up against him. Others would think there would be no help from God for him, the odds were insurmountable! Yet, David still placed his full trust in God’s deliverance and said:
But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the Lordwith my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill (Psalm 3:3-4).
When the enemy comes against us to destroy us by any means we must turn to the Lord and ask for a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), He will also be our shield as we call out to him for help.
The Lordis my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.
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