Thursday, February 23, 2017

Psalm 54 - Snitches - What To Do?

Psalm 54 doesn't use the word "snitches" but they are there! They are mentioned in the intro
I was curious about the Ziphites. I quick search brought up two verses that mention the Ziphites. (They lived in Ziph. duh) haha.
In both instances the Ziphites were snitches. David was hiding from Saul - since Saul was trying to kill him. On at least two occasions David ended up in the area near Ziph and the Zihpites sent word to Saul.
1 Samuel 23:19 The Ziphites went up to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding among us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hakilah, south of Jeshimon?
1 Samuel 26:1 The Ziphites went to Saul at Gibeah and said, “Is not David hiding on the hill of Hakilah, which faces Jeshimon?”
In today's society, if someone ratted another person out, the offended person would very likely light up social media with all kinds of trash talk and hateful language. "He won't talk about me like that and get away with it!" "I'll show her! She'll wish she had never messed with me!"
David - who is called "a man after God's own heart" Acts 13:22 - did not respond that way. He trusted in God to vindicate him. 4 Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. He lived that way too. If you read 1 Samuel 23 you'll see that when Saul was getting close to catching David that God sent a distraction that took Saul and his men away form David. In 1 Samuel 26 David had an opportunity to kill Saul. Saul and his men were in a sound sleep from God, but David refused to let anyone kill Saul who was "the Lord's anointed." 

Bottom line:
We sometimes get all crazy and ready to slash and burn those who offend us. David had someone chasing him who wanted to kill him. I doubt any of us in the USA have troubles from others that begin to compare.
So what should we do? We've been offended. Someone has tried to turn others against us. Whatever our "enemies" have done to us we should follow David's example.
  • Pray to God
  • Ask God to vindicate you
  • Let God help you (You may have to wait for this. Don't run ahead of God.)
  • Give God a freewill offering (One that wasn't required by the law or a vow that had been made.)
  • Praise the name of the Lord, for it is good!

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