Poor David. He just cannot seem to get a break from Saul and his henchmen. They’ve set up traps around his home and just keep coming back like dogs who start barking at the same time every night. Why can’t those set on evil just be satisfied? David outlines for us the right response when (not if) we are taunted and attacked:
- David’s first response to evil directed at him is to call out to God (not get angry/defensive)
- He reminds himself about who he knows God is—his defender with a history of coming through
- He establishes that God alone is the One on whom he can rely
- He acknowledges that evil will just keep coming back
- He determines to keep worshiping, day and night
Are you dealing with evil that seems directed at you without cause? Maybe it’s something not as overt as people waiting outside your door each morning, but what about the coworker who belittles or the family member that causes strife? David was not perfect, but his attitude toward this daily battle pleased God. We must seek to respond in a way that pleases the Father, through constant reliance on Him and a worshipful heart even in the middle of hard times. It was not easy, but we see that it was not Saul’s kingdom that remained, but David’s, which was carried forward, strengthened and redeemed by Jesus. Thank You, Lord—you are indeed my God on whom I can rely.