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Quiet Time in 1 Samuel 23


SIN ( 1 Samuel 23:3 ): Although David did not have any doubts about Your commands, the men following him did. They allowed their flesh-driven fear to question David’s message from You. How often have I allowed my own flesh-driven fear to determine my steps, Father? Far too often, I know. Even one time is too much in my faith. Please forgive me for my disobedience in this manner, Father. Help me to truly embrace Your strength, but also discernment to know when You want me to do something versus not just as David did here. If my spiritual discernment is saying to do something for Your kingdom, then help me to embrace Your strength in the matter so that I do not give into fear again, Father.

PROMISE ( 1 Samuel 23:4-5 ): David came to You a second time because his men were fearful of fighting the Philistines as You had commanded them to. You reassured them with a promise of victory over the Philistines in the battle at Keilah. Immediately after, Your promise came to fruition and they were victorious because David and his men were obedient to Your commands.

ATTITUDE ( 1 Samuel 23:3-5 ): Although David’s men were a bit fearful in the moment about fighting against the Philistines at Keilah, they were obedient to You. David did ask for reassurance from You of their victory, which You gave him. This led to David and his men successfully defeating the Philistines at Keilah. My ask to You is to help me with reassurance, Father. Oftentimes, I’m not sure if what I am hearing is from You or not. David knew the first command was from You, but because his men were fearful, he went for reassurance by asking a second time just to be safe. I fail to do this quite often, unfortunately. Help me to adjust my mindset on this, so that I may discern Your steps for me, but also gain reassurance that I am truly following the steps which You have laid out for me.

COMMAND ( 1 Samuel 23:2-5 ): When David heard that the Philistines were attacking a nearby town, he went to You for guidance. When his men were fearful of the command You gave to him during that guidance request, he went to You a second time for reassurance. Both times, Your command rang true to David and his men defeating the Philistines, but the real command behind the obvious commands were for them to put their fleshly fears aside and be obedient to You. Help me to be better at interpreting Your commands, Father, so that as I walk my steps in this life I can find the courage and strength in You to walk the steps You have determined for me obediently and faithfully.

EXAMPLE ( 1 Samuel 23:3-4 ): I find these two verses to be a great example. I do not feel David was asking for this reassurance for himself in this moment. His men were fearful of the Philistines and going into battle against them at Keilah. As a result, I feel he wanted to help them gain strength, courage and encouragement directly from You by asking again whether or not they should battle the Philistines in Keilah. You gave that reassurance to him and his men, which led to them following Your command in obedience and gaining a great victory over the Philistines.

*DAILY NOTE: David’s success thanks to You has to be a resounding message to all those who are currently under Saul’s reign by this point. Saul cannot catch David to kill him because You are protecting him along the way, but also because he is remaining faithful and obedient to Your commands. If David would not have gone to You in Keilah with the questions about Saul, the locals, and David’s safety if he remains, then he surely would have died that day. He sought out Your counsel for every step he took, because he knew of Your promises and knew that any wisdom You gave him would be that to keep him on the steps You have for his life. Thank You for such a great testimony on David’s life, Father. Thank You also for the great insight You are revealing to me about his life as well. I look forward to continuing into David’s story and learning more about him.



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