I’ve learned through the years that not everybody can be trusted with my heart. Not everyone can handle my innermost thoughts. I have also learned, the hard way, that not everyone has a right to them. I have learned the wisdom of being quick to forgive, slow to trust and even slower to entrust.Read More
Life is a battle isn’t it? We face battles every day like terminal illness, job insecurity, financial stress, relationship breakdown.
Perhaps, like David, you too have been on the front lines of battle. I know I have. I have faced intense spiritual warfare in my home. I have confronted the enemy as a pastor’s wife.Read More protection, rescue
In four decades of clothes shopping, I’ve never found a department store mirror I agree with. Perhaps that’s why the Bible sets so many people on edge. Mirror-like, with searing accuracy, it reflects the bits of ourselves we dislike most. When Truth and Light peel back the not-so-glad rags of unrighteousness, the image of our own buck-naked souls makes us recoil.Read More rescue, compromise
In 1 Samuel 21:1-15 David’s escape from Saul to the land of Gath put David in the path of danger with King Achish of Gath. King Achish knew David well, as David was the one who killed the Philistine Goliath. Fleeing from Saul put him in the city of Gath: the home of his enemies, the home of Goliath the giant he’d killed a few years earlier.
Did David think they would not recognize him?Read More stress, distress, trials, rescue, difficulty
God intervened in this difficult situation David found himself in. His only escape from Saul at the time was to join the Philistine army. God worked though Philistine commanders to urge King Achish to not let David and his army go into battle with them.
Was David a valued defector or a threat to the Philistine army from within?Read More grace, rescue
Everyone has at least one getting lost story. Even knowing the instructions on how to get there, you got lost. Maybe you were distracted or perhaps misread a street name. Regardless, the outcome was the same: lost.
The Psalmist talks about his great love for the word of God and his obedience to it.Read More rescue, lost, Good Shepherd
This is a great psalm! There’s a call to praise (vv 1-3), then four examples of how God helps and delivers his people (vv 4,10,17 and 23) and finally a beautiful summing-up (vv 33-43).
The lonely wanderers in vv 4-9 may look back to the wanderings of the people of Israel in the desert, after their escape from Egypt.Read More trouble, distress, rescue, love, kindness