Insights on Today's Reading
1 Samuel 28 - Another "sad" chapter in the Bible. Saul is confronted again with the Philistines and once again, he is full of fear. He seeks God but God would not respond to his unrepentant heart. So Saul seeks help from a medium and asks her to bring Samuel up from the grave. I, for one, believe that Samuel indeed did come and speak with Saul. I won't attribute this woman with any special powers but God allowed Samuel to appear to Saul. Samuel had anointed Saul to be king, and now, he makes clear that Saul's kingship will end miserably.
1 Samuel 29 - David seeks to go with the Philistines into battle against Israel, but very likely he was seeking a way to turn against them. God was merciful in keeping David out of this fight. David may have tried to save Saul and his family, but Saul had already come to the point of no return.
1 Samuel 30 - While Israel and the Philistines were engaging in battle, David and his men return to Ziklag only to find that the Amalekites had invaded the city, conquered it, and then took all the people hostage. David's men were so upset and so angry. David knew their desire was to stone him, so he sought refuge and strength in the Lord. God did allow David's men to conquer the enemy and retrieve everyone safe and sound.
1 Samuel 31 - Saul indeed did come to a miserable end. He was aware of the death of his sons, especially Jonathan. He would be severely injured and ultimately end his life by his own hand. The life of Saul can teach us that though we enter into God's work with enthusiasm and great promise we can see it all come crumbling down if we let pride focus our desire to bring glory to ourselves rather than to our Lord.
Psalm 18 - David wrote this Psalm as he finally entered into his own kingship. God had delivered him from all his enemies no matter who they were. David speaks highly of the Lord. His words of praise and admiration for God can inspire us to give God the rightful praise He deserves from our own lips.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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