Want to Know the Qualities of a True Man or Woman of God?…Check out David

This morning’s read was taken from 1 Samuel  24. There is something about this book that I love. I can’t quite figure it out yet, but I have been studying it for some time now.

Chapter 24 talks about David’s run from Saul who along with his army were seeking to capture David and his men. Saul’s aim was to kill David. Saul became David’s enemy. In chapter 18, David had a greater victory than Saul and like many leaders today, Saul became jealous. Instead of being thankful to having such a man on his team and give praise, he got angry.

This began his pursuit, but in chapter 24 when Saul and David face each other, as usual David had the upper hand, but instead of destroying him, but this true man of God refused to hurt Saul. He out out his sword and cut off the end of his skirt, but because of the kind heart which he had, he couldn’t do anything but show mercy. Even after h e had cut Saul’s skirt he immediately felt repentant because this was his master and he respected his master.

The scripture says:

And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.

And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord‘s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of theLord.

David felt it was a horrible and ungodly thing to touch another man of God. He called him the anointed of the Lord.

So often other men  and women of God make mistakes and we want to do the world to them, but not David.  We want to seem them fall, but not David. It was God’s case, not David’s. David showed mercy , even though he had great strength and courage to take down Saul. He showed mercy.

In verse 7 the word of God says:

7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.

Here are David’s respectful words to Saul:

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.

And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?

10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lordhad delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is theLord‘s anointed.

11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.

12 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Read the Bible to Your Anxiety

I love desiringgod.org. I recently came across this article and felt that I should share it with you:

I created three labs teaching through Matthew 6:24–34 on anxiety. My objectives were both to understand how Jesus helps us overcome anxiety, but also to draw out six lessons for how to read the Bible for ourselves. With this short series, I have methodology, theology, and application in mind. Here are the six lessons I highlighted for Bible reading. Click on the links below to find the study guides and videos for all three labs.

1. The Bible argues.

It gives reasons or arguments for what it teaches. That was transformative in my life when I was 22 years old, to discover that the Bible is not a string of pearls, but a chain of linked thoughts. That makes a big difference for how we read.

2. A Bible’s unit of thought (or passage) has a main point.

Each unit of thought (or passage) in the Bible has a main point. That means everything else in the unit supports that point. It’s true of the Bible, and it’s true of this article. Look for the main point in everything you read.

3. To truly understand a passage we must figure out how the arguments support the main point.

Figuring out how arguments support the main point is what it means to understand a passage or a text. After we have identified a passage’s main point and located the author’s arguments for that main point, we have to do the harder work of understanding the connections. How does each supporting point prove the main point?

4. Jesus assumes that truth affects our emotions.

Jesus assumes that truth — reasons, arguments, facts — affects or influences the emotions. Anxiety is an emotion. It is not a decision. We don’t decide to get anxious. It happens to us. Jesus attacks anxiety in Matthew 6 with truth, with facts, promises, and reasons.

Therefore, he must believe that his word given to our souls will have an emotional, even physical, effect. There are dozens and dozens of commands to the emotions in the Bible, and along with them there are truths to bring about what is commanded.

5. Truth affects our emotions when it is believed.

Some will say, “Well, that doesn’t work for me. When I hear truth, it doesn’t have an emotional effect on me. It doesn’t take away my anxiety.” It works where the truths are believed and trusted — where there is faith.

If the Bible’s arguments are not having an effect on you, it’s because you have little faith in what it says. Faith is massively important here. We must trust. We must believe what Jesus says.

6. Pray for faith and meditate on his truth.

Therefore, pray for faith in the truth — in the passage’s main point with all of its supporting points — and meditate on that truth, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17).

Father, grant us wisdom with regard to method. We want to handle your word rightly, think about how to read it rightly, and we want to be free from anxiety to honor our heavenly Father, who knows us and all of our needs, and who will meet them according to your promise. I ask this in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Look at the Book is a new online method of teaching the Bible. It’s an ongoing series of 8–12 minute videos in which the camera is on the text, not the teacher. You will hear John Piper’s voice and watch his pen underline, circle, make connections, and scribble notes — all to help you learn to read God’s word for yourself. His goal is to help you not only see what he sees, but where he sees it and how he found it.

In this three-part series through Matthew 6:24–34, John studies these eleven verses with two purposes: 1. learn how to fight anxiety with God’s word and 2. uncover important principles for personal Bible reading.

Part 1: Nine Arguments Against Anxiety

This three-part series of labs takes on anxiety by studying Matthew 6:24–27. If the Bible is going to effectively speak to our anxious hearts, we need to learn how to read it well. In this lab, John Piper lays out the arguments and gives three short lessons for our daily Bible reading.

Part 2: Do Not Be Anxious About Tomorrow

When you think about the future, what makes you most anxious? Jesus gives us plenty of reasons not to fear. In Part 1 of this series, John Piper identified nine arguments against our anxieties. In this lab, he slows down over the first five to highlight how they each help us.

Part 3: Your Father Knows What You Need

God wants to comfort and stabilize the anxious with truth. What truths calm our fears? In Part 1, John Piper identified nine arguments against our anxieties. In Part 2, he covered the first five. In this lab, he covers the last four, and highlights six lessons for Bible reading.