What to Do After Acting Insanely: A Lesson From David

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

1 Samuel 21:12 Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard. 

Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,And let us exalt His name together.  4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.

David served as a prophet, priest, king, warrior, a musical genius, and more. Despite all of his gifts and his unfailing heart for God, David did not achieve perfection. None of us can. Only Jesus is perfect.

This message has an over-the-top title, but communicates a very real problem. We all handle pressure and challenging situations differently. Our focus and faith level determines how we handle pressure. David lived under threats against his life by King Saul, whose behavior, fueled by jealousy and the loss of God's favor, had become unstable.

David made a mistake. He took his eye "off the ball." The weight of this lesson is found not only in how David went wrong, but in how God helped him to recover. Psalm 34 became the song of David's recovery and restoration.

~ Bryan Hudson

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