THURSDAY, JULY 12
I will praise God with
an upright heart.
FLEE AS A BIRD?
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccles 3:1). And so, the Preacher goes on with: “A time to be born, and a time to die … a time to keep silence, and a time to speak …”
There is a time when one needs to flee from one’s enemy, as advised by our Lord, “But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another” (Matt 10:23). When David’s life was chased by Saul’s javelin the third time, which missed him but got stuck in the wall, the young courtier resolved at last to flee, and he escaped that night through a window (1 Sam 19:9-12).
However, there is also a time to stay, to stand one’s ground, and this David did through many trials until he found no other way out but to exit Saul’s palace. When God’s time for one to leave one’s station has not come, come what may, one must hold on to one’s assignment. Hence the advice given to David to flee as a bird, perhaps as a partridge, to the mountains, must be rejected. The zero hour for our destruction, as planned by our enemy, may be fast approaching, but unless the Lord gives the word to leave, we must stick to the very end! With God promising us help, it is safer to go through a storm than to keep out of it without His permission. May David’s perseverance in the face of grave danger strengthen us in the perilous days ahead.
It is true that the very foundations of justice are destroyed under King Saul, for example, the massacre of the eighty-five priests of Nob (1 Sam 22:18) so that those who stand for righteousness can do little under such oppression. Nevertheless, David will not lose heart. He appeals to the Judge of heaven, whose throne is His holy temple. By appealing to his Lord he knows the wicked will be brought to book. He is compensated with the knowledge that God will punish the wicked even with fire and brimstone and a holocaust. They will receive their portion of punishment in due course. The righteous will find favour because the Lord loveth righteousness.
THOUGHT: “In the Lord I must trust.”
PRAYER: To go or stay, may I always do Thy bidding.