DEVOTIONAL – JUNE 3
WAIT ON THE LORD
Leslie M. John
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it]. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he [was] not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found. Mark the perfect [man], and behold the upright: for the end of [that] man [is] peace”. Psalm 37:34-37
David fought many battles successfully and led his people to victory. He was a man of wars and tasted the love of God. Early in his life he defeated Philistine giant Goliath and was anointed as king over Israel. He worshipped the LORD with all his heart, with his entire mind and with all his soul. David, having seen such great victories in his life advises to wait on the LORD and follow His ways. Even though he was anointed as King over Israel he waited for the LORD to dethrone King Saul before he occupied his throne as King (Ref. 1 Samuel 16:13)
When we exalt the name of the LORD He will exalt us in due time. David saw the wicked grow in power and spreading himself like a green bay tree, a tree that grows in its own soil but then, when he was gone, he was gone forever and could not be found. The perfect man has peace and is upright.
David saw the nature’s beauty, the creation of God, took care of his sheep, and saw the strength of the LORD in him when he killed the lion and the bear to protect his sheep. David had a great confidence in the LORD that He would help him in killing the uncircumcised Goliath. (Ref. 1 Samuel 17:36)
David spared the life of Saul who was pursuing him. Saul took three thousand chosen men out of Israel to seek David and kill him when he was told that David was in the wilderness of Engedi. David and his men were in the sides of the cave and when David saw that Saul was taking rest he went and cut a piece off the skirt of Saul’s robe secretly.
David was remorseful for cutting a piece off the skirt of Saul and said to himself that the LORD may forbid him to do any harm to Saul, who was anointed one (Ref. 1 Samuel 10:1). Then David said to his men not to do any harm to Saul. David’s purpose was only to show to Saul that he was not pursuing to kill Saul.
When Saul looked at David he stooped and bowed down to him and showed the piece of the skirt that he had cut off of the robe of Saul and asked him why he believed the words of people who said to him that he was pursuing Saul to kill him. David made Saul realize that the LORD delivered him into his hands that night and if he desired he could have killed Saul in the cave. David said to Saul that some even asked him to kill Saul but he spared Saul’s life. David went on saying that the LORD be judge between them.
Saul then understood David fully and blessed him saying the David was more righteous than himself. He sought to kill David but David spared the Saul’s life. Humbling himself Saul said to David that he knew that one day David would be the King over Israel and, therefore, pleaded that David may spare the seed of Saul. David’s goodness is seen in allowing Mephibosheth, a crippled grandson of Saul to dine with him on his table throughout his life during his reign as King over Israel. (Ref. 1 Samuel 24:1-22, and II Samuel 9).
Saul was rejected by God and he had his end for not fulfilling the will of God. He spared Amalekites, and he did an abominable thing by seeking the witch at Endor to bring up Samuel’s soul. Saul had his last word from Samuel that his kingdom was taken out his hand and given it to David. (1 Samuel 28:17-19).
“Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it”. (1 Samuel 31:4)
There is a day for the wicked and they shall see their end. There is a day for the righteous and they shall see the glory of the Lord and be with Him for ever and ever.
“So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth”. (Matthew 13:49-50)