Day 3 Tuesday August 8
Some of God’s best lessons can’t be learned in a class, they can only be learned on a journey.
SAUL WAS THE king before David. As King Saul had little regard for the Presence of God (Ark of the Covenant), David became king of Judah and then Israel. He was acquainted with the Presence of God from his time on the backside of the desert, caring for his father’s sheep. In the journey of watching Saul’s failure, David’s desire for God’s Presence was surely intensified. He recognized the value of stewarding the Presence at all costs. This is expressed in Psalm 51. David is responding to his sin with Bathsheba after being confronted by Nathan the prophet: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me (Psalm 51: 10-11). Even though both David and Saul had sinned, it is notable to contrast their responses. While Saul plummets into an increased deluge of rebellion and darkness, David responds in broken repentance. He could not follow Saul’s path— a man from whom the Spirit of God departed (see 1 Sam. 16:14). By journeying alongside Saul for a significant part of this process, David took a firm stand, refusing to allow his journey to mirror Saul’s. What he learned by watching Saul’s fall surely reminded him of the priceless treasure that is the Presence.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 51
Holy Spirit, I desire to steward Your Presence at all costs. Show me how to protect this relationship, valuing Your Presence in my life as my supreme treasure.
WHAT FATHER IS SAYING TO ME TODAY?