Down, But Not Defeated

Imagine: Three thousand elite forces, lead by a powerful king, stalk your every move. He wants you dead. He’s tried to kill you before. So you run. You run fast and you run far. A close group of supporters travel with you, believing that you have been wronged, that you should be king.

This is the reality of the future King David in 1 Samuel 24. I’ve been teaching this scripture to third and fourth graders this week. They are learning that God doesn’t want us to seek revenge.

Later in the chapter, David is presented with the opportunity to kill the reigning King Saul. David, sparing his life, chooses obedience to Saul and respect for God’s anointed king. By the end of the chapter, Saul has called off the hunt and David is free to go.

For me, however, the lesson was missing something. There are times in life when we are, like David, at the end of a chapter, and life is looking up. But what about the time when David is hiding, struggling with what God has in store for him, trying to discern what the “right” move is? That is the time we live in most often.

We live in a place of knowing that God’s there, knowing that God has a plan, and trying like crazy to figure it out. We praise, but we struggle. So, I shared this song with the classes.

They loved it!

This is the song of David–on the run, scared, and yet full of hope and faith.

This is the song of you and me, as we follow a plan we don’t understand!

May we raise our Hallelujah, especially when it’s broken!

Prayer focus: Those struggling to praise in times of trial


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