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Tolerate the Tyrant

“...Far be it from me because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” 
Hired On. David was anointed future King of Israel by Samuel and shortly thereafter he was hired by the then present King of Israel, Saul. Saul's servants were seeking someone who was skillful on the harp to quiet Saul when the evil Spirit from God would terrorize him. Enter...the future King David, professional harpist 'hired' for Saul's court.   
  
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Hot Pursuit. Saul quickly becomes jealous and threatened by David's presence; the one whom he desired for peace and contentment suddenly became the object of his ungodly obsession and pursuit. Saul was in hot pursuit of David's life. David chose to spare Saul's life and only cut off the hem of Saul's robe when Saul was "at his fingertips." When David had the opportunity he refused to 'stretch out his hand against the Lord's anointed.' At this point, we have a glimpse of the grace extended by David to Saul.

Holy Response. We may not have someone seeking to kill us but we could very well have an ungodly leader in our lives that God has allowed, in His Sovereign plan, to 'rule' for a time. David chose to exercise meekness in this situation; power under control. David had the power to kill Saul yet he submitted to God's authority and remained a man after God's own heart. David was able to submit to God and exercise meekness because he had a relationship with God and knew God.


Even in the midst of ungodly leadership we, like David, can be men and women after God's own heart ~ we need to "play our harp."


 










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