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July 20– 1 Samuel 26:1-12

July 20– 1 Samuel 26:1-12 26  Then the Ziphites came to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding himself on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the east of Jeshimon?”  2  So Saul arose and went down to the wilderness of Ziph with three thousand chosen men of Israel to seek David in the wilderness of Ziph.  3  And Saul encamped on the hill of Hachilah, which is beside the road on the east of Jeshimon. But David remained in the wilderness. When he saw that Saul came after him into the wilderness,  4  David sent out spies and learned that Saul had indeed come.  5  Then David rose and came to the place where Saul had encamped. And David saw the place where Saul lay, with Abner the son of Ner, the commander of his army. Saul was lying within the encampment, while the army was encamped around him. 6  Then David said to Ahimelech the Hittite, and to Joab's brother Abishai the son of Zeruiah, “Who will go down with me into the camp to Saul?” And Abishai said, “I will go down with you

July 19– 1 Samuel 25:39-44

July 19– 1 Samuel 25:39-44 39  When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the  Lord  who has avenged the insult I received at the hand of Nabal, and has kept back his servant from wrongdoing. The  Lord  has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head.” Then David sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife.  40  When the servants of David came to Abigail at Carmel, they said to her, “David has sent us to you to take you to him as his wife.”  41  And she rose and bowed with her face to the ground and said, “Behold, your handmaid is a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.”  42  And Abigail hurried and rose and mounted a donkey, and her five young women attended her. She followed the messengers of David and became his wife. 43  David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel, and both of them became his wives.  44  Saul had given Michal his daughter, David's wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was of Gallim. I love how Abigail reacted to David’s servants

July 18– 1 Samuel 25:32-38

July 18– 1 Samuel 25:32-38 32  And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the  Lord , the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!  33  Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand!  34  For as surely as the  Lord , the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.”  35  Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.” 36  And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until the morning light.  37  In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, an

July 17– 1 Samuel 25:23-31

July 17– 1 Samuel 25:23-31 23  When Abigail saw David, she hurried and got down from the donkey and fell before David on her face and bowed to the ground.  24  She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt. Please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant.  25  Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Naba is his name, and folly is with him. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent.  26  Now then, my lord, as the  Lord  lives, and as your soul lives, because the  Lord  has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.  27  And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord.  28  Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the  Lord  will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fightin

July 16 – 1 Samuel 25:14-22

July 16 – 1 Samuel 25:14-22 14  But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them.  15  Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them.  16  They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep.  17  Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.” 18  Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.  19  And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I come after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.  20  An

July 15– 1 Samuel 25:9-13

July 15– 1 Samuel 25:9-13 9  When David's young men came, they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then they waited.  10  And Nabal answered David's servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters.  11  Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where?”  12  So David's young men turned away and came back and told him all this.  13  And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage. Nabal’s response to these young men is not surprising as he is referred to as “harsh and badly behaved.” David responds in a manner that is perhaps harsh as well. His men had worked hard for this wealthy land owner and now David wants to insu

July 14– 1 Samuel 25:1-8

July 14– 1 Samuel 25:1-8 25  Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.  2  And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel.  3  Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.  4  David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep.  5  So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name.  6  And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.  7  I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in

July 13– 1 Samuel 24:16-22

July 13– 1 Samuel 24:16-22 16  As soon as David had finished speaking these words to Saul, Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept.  17  He said to David, “You are more righteous than I, for you have repaid me good, whereas I have repaid you evil.  18  And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the  Lord  put me into your hands.  19  For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safe? So may the  Lord  reward you with good for what you have done to me this day.  20  And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.  21  Swear to me therefore by the  Lord  that you will not cut off my offspring after me, and that you will not destroy my name out of my father's house.”  22  And David swore this to Saul. Then Saul went home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.   Saul realizes how close he ca

July 12– 1 Samuel 24:8-15

July 12– 1 Samuel 24:8-15 8  Afterward David also arose and went out of the cave, and called after Saul, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage.  9  And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Behold, David seeks your harm’?  10  Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the  Lord  gave you today into my hand in the cave. And some told me to kill you, but I spared you. I said, ‘I will not put out my hand against my lord, for he is the  Lord 's anointed.’  11  See, my father, see the corner of your robe in my hand. For by the fact that I cut off the corner of your robe and did not kill you, you may know and see that there is no wrong or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you hunt my life to take it.  12  May the  Lord  judge between me and you, may the  Lord  avenge me against you, but my hand shall not be against you.  13  As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘

July 11– 1 Samuel 24:1-7

July 11– 1 Samuel 24:1-7 ‘Close call’ does not even come close to describing this situation.  Do you see God’s provision, David’s respect for the ‘anointed’, restraint and obedience?  How do we apply these examples of David’s character to our current lives?  How do we maintain focus on our Heavenly Father, his incredible love and sharing the good news of Christ?  God was with David then and is with us now.  “And low, I am with you always.” 24  When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”  2  Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats' Rocks.  3  And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.  4  And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the  Lord  said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy in

July 10– 1 Samuel 23:19-29

July 10– 1 Samuel 23:19-29 This reads as a suspense novel with the villain rapidly gaining on his prey.  But God!  Just as Saul was closing in on David, God distracted him saving David.  Prayfully we may never be involved as a victim in a physical hunt.  But, do not mistake your thinking.  Satan is continually prowling with hopes to distract our goal of loving, walking and serving  Christ.  How will we stay focused on Christ when the enemy attacks? How will distraction, fear and trouble effect us? I urge you to keep your eyes and heart on Christ and eternity.  What will your testimony be?  19  Then the Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is south of Jeshimon?  20  Now come down, O king, according to all your heart's desire to come down, and our part shall be to surrender him into the king's hand.”  21  And Saul said, “May you be blessed by the  Lord , for you have had compassi

July 9– 1 Samuel 23:15-18

July 9– 1 Samuel 23:15-18 This is blessed assurance from our Heavenly Father to David.  Do you find yourself in the wilderness, loosing hope, joy gone and confused?  This same assurance that God granted David is available to us today.  Reach out and claim it.  Thank you Lord for your extraordinary, unfathomable love.    15  David saw that Saul had come out to seek his life. David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.  16  And Jonathan, Saul's son, rose and went to David at Horesh, and strengthened his hand in God.  17  And he said to him, “Do not fear, for the hand of Saul my father shall not find you. You shall be king over Israel, and I shall be next to you. Saul my father also knows this.”  18  And the two of them made a covenant before the  Lord . David remained at Horesh, and Jonathan went home.

July 8– 1 Samuel 23:6-14

July 8– 1 Samuel 23:6-14 Oh the faithfulness of God when we are not only seeking him, but following his will.  The scripture says that Saul sought David daily, but God did not give him into Saul’s  hand.  Satan seeks us continually so we must stay in communion with God, his Word, and in prayer.  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God”. Recognize God’s righteousness , holiness, overwhelming love and desire to commune with us.  Are you seeking God? Are you taking time to ‘be still’, stay in his Word, and simply fall in love with Jesus more and more each day? Like David, your life will not be perfect on earth, but your reward in Heaven is eternal.  6  When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand.  7  Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.”  8  And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to

July 7 – 1 Samuel 23:1-5

July 7 – 1 Samuel 23:1-5 David sought God not once, but twice regarding battle with the Philistines to help Keisha.  As hard as I try, I often fail to go to the Lord before moving forward with a life plan, trip, purchase, etc.  Yet, in the midst of his men advising him against battle, where did he go?  He went to God.  Because his heart was in tune with God and his obedience, the people of Keisha were saved.  Will we turn to Christ first for wisdom and be obedient to his will?  23  Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.”  2  Therefore David inquired of the  Lord , “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the  Lord  said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”  3  But David's men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?”  4  Then David inquired of the  Lord  again. And the  Lord  answered him, “Ar

July 6 – 1 Samuel 22:20-23

July 6 – 1 Samuel 22:20-23 How many times are we able to see how trust worthy someone is?   Too many times we trust ones that aren’t truly ones to be trusted, but there is one we know that is totally and completely trustworthy.   Every minute of every day He waits for us to reach out to Him and completely trust Him with everything.   But we so often respond by giving Him a piece of one thing and turn around and trust those we shouldn’t.   Do you ever fall into that dangerous trap?   Trust in Jesus completely.   He’s the only one that deserves to be trusted and proves that daily. 20  But one of the sons of Ahimelech the son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David.  21  And Abiathar told David that Saul had killed the priests of the  Lord .  22  And David said to Abiathar, “I knew on that day, when Doeg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Saul. I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father's house.  23  Stay with me; do not be afraid,

July 5 – 1 Samuel 22:11-19

July 5 – 1 Samuel 22:11-19 Here we see Ahimelech was faithful to help David, but it did not prevent his death at the hand of Doeg.  God will reward us for our believe, witness and faith, but He doesn't promise us that the good we do for others will be returned to us in this life. In fact John 16:33 says, “In this world we will have troubles.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world!”  Despite our challenges, we can take comfort in the fact Jesus will overcome the world.    Remember, Jesus was good to everyone, but not everyone was good to Him.  The question is, how will we handle ourselves, stay faithful and glorify God during our hardships? What will your testimony be?  Will you accept Christ’s promise?  11  Then the king sent to summon Ahimelech the priest, the son of Ahitub, and all his father's house, the priests who were at Nob, and all of them came to the king.  12  And Saul said, “Hear now, son of Ahitub.” And he answered, “Here I am, my lord.”  13  And Saul sai

July 4 – 1 Samuel 22:6-10

July 4 – 1 Samuel 22:6-10 In typical fashion, here we see Saul in his fleshly, self-centered, cynical, self-absorbed and paranoid self.   Similarly we can find ourselves wallowing in ‘self pity’.  So, how do we recognize and work to prevent times of self pity?  How do we become less of me and more of Thee?  Perhaps work to fully understand the magnitude of God’s love, stay in God’s Word,  surround yourself with positivity and seek to be full of gratitude.   6  Now Saul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him. Saul was sitting at Gibeah under the tamarisk tree on the height with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him.  7  And Saul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, people of Benjamin; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds,  8  that all of you have conspired against me? No one discloses to me when my son makes a co

July 3 – 1 Samuel 22:1-5

July 3 – 1 Samuel 22:1-5 Gad encouraged David to leave and to go back to the stronghold of Saul. Do you think that’s what David wanted to hear.  Yet,  he obeyed anyway. David learned lessons of trusting in God  in the midst  of danger.  Do we trust God in the face of troubles/danger?  It’s certainly not easy.  I recall the hymn, “Through It All”…’Through it, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.’ What actions can we take to truly trust in God?  22  David departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him.  2  And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. 3  And David went from there to Mizpeh of Moab. And he said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and my mother stay with you, till I k

July 2 – 1 Samuel 21:7-15

July 2 – 1 Samuel 21:7-15 David is officially on the run.  Have you ever felt like you’re on the run? Perhaps you are not truly running for your life like David, but anytime you’re feeling in a downward spiral, struggling with life situations and in trouble, we can relate to David.  Remember, you have a choice, you have Christ.  Seek God and rebuke the devil.  7  Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the  Lord . His name was Doeg the Edomite, the chief of Saul's herdsmen. 8  Then David said to Ahimelech, “Then have you not here a spear or a sword at hand? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste.”  9  And the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you struck down in the Valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it, for there is none but that here.” And David said, “There is none like that; give it

July 1 – 1 Samuel 21:1-6

July 1 – 1 Samuel 21:1-6 Ahimelech asked God what he should do – and got permission to make an exception for David. Once the priest had established that David and his men were ritually clean, he gave him the holy bread.  How often are we faced with difficult decisions not knowing what to do? Where do you turn when you need help with decisions?  Do you depend on self, friends, family or do you first go to God?  Let’s commit to seek God first.   21 Then David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech came to meet David, trembling, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one with you. 2  And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter and said to me, ‘Let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you, and with which I have charged you.’ I have made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place.  3  Now then, what do you have on hand? Give me five loaves of bread, or whatever is here.”  4  And the priest answere