As I read about King David I am always struck by his incredible ability to honour and value others. He was not one who took revenge, he entrusted himself to the Lord. He had the ability to honour those who sought after his life, whilst others were thirsty for his blood. I think this is one of the reasons he is described as a man after God’s own heart (1Sam13:14).
When king Saul was hunting David down to kill him, David rice had the opportunity to kill King Saul, but he didn’t. He chose the route of honour. To the point that he even felt grieved when he cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.
When he heard the news of Saul’s death he mourned, the messenger thought he was carrying good news. The story is even stranger as the messenger thought it was such good news that Saul had died he wrote himself into the story as the hero that put an end to Saul’s suffering. Little did he know about honour. If he had told the truth he would have lived. But the messengers understanding of honour was worldly revenge and as such David had him killed for killing the Lords anointed.
When Abner came to him and was consequently killed by Joab, he honoured Abner, even though Abner was a leader of the enemy army. This brought down a curse on Joab and his family. Joab was operating according to the standards of the world, he was looking for revenge. David was running things very differently.
When ish-bosheth (Saul’s son) was killed and his head was brought before David, again the messengers thought they were carrying good news. It seems that their killing of ish-bosheth was so that they could win favour with David. But David wasn’t running things by the standards of the world around him. He was banging his drum to the rhythm of heaven. A rhythm that these men new nothing of. They too were killed for the cold-blooded killing.
David was in touch with the heart beat of God and as such he ran things differently. He didn’t take revenge as the world would. He entrusted himself to God and strengthened himself in the Lord. He showed honour where it was due and as you read about his life you see that he was not insecure about who God had mad him to be. And he wasn’t unsure about who God says He is. This is the key to David’s success, knowing who God says He is, who He says you are and entrusting yourself to the Lord.
Lord, I pray you will increase my understanding of who you say you are and who you say I am and I pray for grace to walk in the light of this truth. Please forgive me where I have acted according to the standards of the world. Teach me I pray to live according the heart beat of heaven. In Jesus name. Amen.