Romans 9:1-29; 1 Samuel 17:55-18:30; Psalm 63
Saul and David had an interesting relationship. David originally began meeting with Saul to play music when a troubling spirit came over Saul. The music would soothe him. Then came Goliath and Saul admired David’s courage as he faced and killed Goliath. Then came the trouble. People gave more praise to David than Saul and Saul’s jealousy grew. Perhaps it was then that he realized that David was to be the next king and Saul did everything he could to prevent it. David, however, continued to honor Saul and his position. He didn’t seek an immediate fulfillment of the anointing that Samuel had given him. As Saul turned more and more against him, David became an outlaw and ran to the wilderness to get away from Saul. David did some amazing writing there. Even in the midst of such unfair treatment, David sought and honored God. “A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) David’s words may make us think of the old pictures of a man crawling across the desert dying of thirst. The man is crying out for water. Just so, he was living in a land where it seemed God wasn’t present and he longed for just a touch of His presence. Even in a world where the Bible is the bestselling book of all time, we may feel the same absence of God. Like David, we may have done everything just the way we were supposed to and we still feel like we’re in a spiritual desert. Wherever we turn life seems dry. In truth, God stays with us. He never leaves us. David recognized that in the rest of the Psalm. We recognize that because of our history with God. When those dry times come, though, it’s not easy. If we use them examine our relationship with God, to count past blessings and to look at our future purpose in God’s Kingdom we will come out of the dry times much stronger.
Oh God, sometimes it seems like my prayers don’t make it above the ceiling. I cry out for spiritual refreshment, but the land is dry. Remind me of all that You have done for me and renew my covenant with You. Reveal Your purpose for me and give me the commitment to continue to follow You.