I Samuel 26

The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the LORD gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. (I Samuel 26:23) We have seen time and again David doing what David does best -- he lets...

I Samuel 25

Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day for bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand! (I Samuel 25:33) It might be argued that David’s reaction is justified in desiring to kill Nabel and his men. They were bound by a contractual...

I Samuel 24

He said to his men, “The LORD forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the LORD’s anointed.” (I Samuel 24:6) When someone has wronged us, payback seems justified. It’s instinctive and a very human...

I Samuel 23

Then David inquired of the LORD again. And the LORD answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” (I Samuel 23:4) It’s a small, almost buried word in today’s passage but packs much power.I AGAIN. David sought the LORD again. It wasn’t...

I Samuel 22

And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men. (I Samuel 22:2) Marlys Iperlaan, a long-time Faith Church member who recently passed...

I Samuel 21

And David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has charged me with a matter. . .” (I Samuel 21:2) “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” This statement from Sir Walter Scott’s poem Marmin is true --  lies beget more lies. David is...

I Samuel 20

And Jonathan made a covenant with the house of David, saying, “May the LORD take vengeance on David’s enemies.” And Jonathan made David swear again by his love for him, for he loved him as he loved his own soul. (I Samuel 20:16-17) Jonathan and David are what Anne of...

I Samuel 19

Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning.  But Michal, David's wife, told him, “If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” So Michal let David down through the window, and he fled away and...

I Samuel 18

Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. (I Samuel 18:3) Instead of being grateful with the friendship formed between Jonathan and David, it enraged and escalated Saul’s jealousy, envy, and paranoia. He did everything within his power to manipulate and rid the...

I Samuel 17

And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” (I Samuel 17:56) This well-loved story might actually be more about David vs. Saul than David vs. Goliath. Saul should have been the one to go out and fight. While Saul was not equal to the stature of Goliath, Saul...