Continuing my “writing thru the old testament”… I was surprised when I opened a physical Bible and was an inch in!! Wow!!! If I don’t wake to read, the cat wakes me, angels must be goading her. God implores each of us to read His Word. He does call me to READ!!! If I am tired, I LISTEN to the Word, David Suchet’s voice speaks to me and phrases JUMP into my ears to start writing: what Samuel says to Saul: to obey first (and fresh) is better than to sacrifice a burnt offering later. Here’s the audio: https://www.biblegateway.com/audio/suchet/nivuk/1Sam.15
Here is my devotion from the super lesson from the book of 1st Samuel:
SERVE THE LORD. And have a heart for Him. If we learn anything from Saul decreasing and David increasing, it is that God has certain jobs for certain people, not everyone is to do everything or should do everything.
Not everything we or anyone appears as indicates our devotion, because “the Lord looketh on the heart.”
Samuel devoted his life to listening to God and Samuel became so sad when instructions were NOT followed. Samuel became heartbroken because Saul had turned away from God, not carried out His instructions but overrode them, modified them, made himself king of decision making not just of people. We should never become king of decision making, we always need to LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD, no matter if we are king or shepherd. God makes the kings. God makes the moves that matter. God gives us work WORTHY of the KINGDOM in all circumstances. (Remember that storied drummer boy GIFT of giving baby Jesus what he DID have). We have the most important GIFT we could have, DEVOTION, and God has need for our devotion. God has desires for our hearts to DESIRE HIM. DEVOTION.
David came from Bethlehem. God loves telling stories about the greatest coming from the least. David shows us the importance in HAVING A HEART FOR GOD. David’s life shows us that even when we go off the rails, do wrong, God does not leave us. Especially God listens if we keep looking for Him. David sang praises, prayers and laments over the many years of His life. David started with devotion. He shepherded the favor of the Lord. Clearly the Lord is partial to harps, the Lord is partial to ears that hear. The evil spirits don’t have a heart for harps, nor anything that shows returned devotion to God. God has a heart for harps of love, harps of healing, harps of harkening unto the Lord’s Word.
The LOVE poured out overtook the days of evil. There is time for mourning bad situations and people who go astray, like Samuel mourned Saul, and then there always will be a time to MOVE ON, see where God is leading, see how God will resolve the situation.
This is still true.
TUNE OUR EAR STRINGS AND HEART STRINGS, LORD.
We know that evil exists and that God already saved us eternally. So keep being devoted. God IS in control. When we grow stronger in our God-listening, let us TUNE our harps of praises and lamenting to catch His attention, He will show us resolution. He will show us love. He will take care of our enemies and has already planned the ultimate ambush.
Let us read between the lines of the news of the times and see how it aligns with end times. Keep marching and keep your harp as tightly as God keeps your heart.
He will be OUR King. He IS our King.
1 Samuel 15:16-23, 27-29
Enough!” Samuel said to Saul. “Let me tell you what the Lord said to me last night.”
“Tell me,” Saul replied.
Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
“But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king. “
As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore. Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you. He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”
1 Samuel 16
And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.
And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the Lord said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the Lord. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee.
And Samuel did that which the Lord spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?
And he said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice unto the Lord: sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice. And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.
And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the Lord chosen this. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The Lord hath not chosen these.
And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.
And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. And Saul said unto his servants, Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.
Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.
Wherefore Saul sent messengers unto Jesse, and said, Send me David thy son, which is with the sheep. And Jesse took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Saul. And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight.
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.