If you read the first eight verses of Psalm 55 you have to wonder – what’s gotten into David. This mighty man of God and fierce warrior…someone who as a youngster killed Goliath with a single stone…is now quaking in his boots. Bravery has been replaced by abject terror…overwhelming fear now overshadows this once courageous man. It’s to the point, in verses 6-8 that David is ready to give up and just run away. So who is this person that’s affecting David so? It turns out to be his own flesh and blood…his son, Absalom, who’s attempting to seize the kingdom away from him. This once fierce warrior is facing an enemy he’s never encountered before, and his anguished heart can hardly bear it.
Over a lifetime, you’ll probably be able to count those special Christian friends on just one hand. But there’ll be one person, one very unique friendship that will stick out in your mind. A bond between the two of you that defies time, miles, and blood…a brother or sister in the Lord, that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, will be there for you, no matter what. Jonathan and David had that type of relationship…a connection that David called, “wonderful, a love more wonderful than that of women.” (II Samuel 1:25-26) If you haven’t reached out to this special person in a while, I urge you to do it today…if nothing more than to just thank them for their friendship, and celebrate the love you have for each other in Christ.
Goliath was a formidable giant who taunted the Israelite army. His very appearance struck fear in the hearts of the Jewish soldiers. For Goliath was decked out in a bronze helmet, 125 pounds of bronze armor, carried a bronze javelin with a 15 pound iron point, and required a shield-bearer to carry his huge shield ahead of him. But when David saw Goliath, he didn’t see an overwhelming threat…a overpowering force or potential danger…he saw rather, a miracle waiting to happen. For David kept his eyes on God – not the situation or extenuating details surrounding it. Yes, David was up against insurmountable odds…but he had a secret weapon Goliath didn’t know about…David had God.
David and his men were holed up in the Desert of Maon where a wealthy landowner with thousands of sheep and goats pastured his livestock…his name of Nabal. He was married to a beautiful and intelligent woman named Abigail. David and his men had protected Nabal’s shepherds and sheep…so when shearing started, his men had come with greetings, looking for favor…but instead, found insults being hurled at them by Nabal. When David got wind of this, he gathered his men to launch an assault on the household. Meanwhile, Abigail had been told of her husband’s faux pas and quickly intervened by packing up a large quantity of provisions, and setting off to intercept David. When their paths crossed, Abigail was able to very eloquently and diplomatically change David’s mind…and so halting the annihilation of her entire household.
David was a man after the Lord’s heart, but he was also a warrior who had shed much blood in many battles. The Lord gave David the vision for the Temple and all the plans…but it was his son, Solomon, who actually built it. In I Chronicles 22:9, God tells David that he’ll have a son who will be a man of peace and rest…and he will build My Temple…and that’s what the name Solomon means…peace.