What is your context today? Below are 10 questions meant to help you discern your current context. Choose one or two and reflect on where your head and heart are:
1. What am I enjoying about life?
2. Am I taking care of myself physically?
3. Am I letting matters that are out of my control stress me out?
4. What am I looking forward to?
5. Am I holding on to something I need to let go of?
6. What have I been spending the majority of my time on? How do I feel about that?
7. What matters most in my life? 8. What relationships am I investing in?
9. What about the future is worrisome for me today?
10. What about today am I truly grateful for?
Today, David has gone from running to hiding (see: 1 Samuel 24:1-22). He is hiding in a cave near a spring when saul takes a rest in the very same cave not knowing David and his soldiers are hiding deep inside.
David’s men pressure him to kill Saul but David refuses. It is against his character and his conviction that Saul is God’s anointed. David believes he has no right to harm the man God has chosen (despite the fact that Saul wants to kill him).
David stayed true to himself. This is the same logic he used when he battled Goliath and he refused to wear the king’s armor. For David, to attack God’s anointed would be an attack upon God.
After this experience David composed Psalm 57. “He will send from heaven and save me, he will put to shame those who trample on me. God will send forth his steadfast love and his faithfulness. My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast. I will sing and make melody…I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.”
Notice the repeated praise of God, calling God “steadfast.”
May we too be true to ourselves and share the steadfast love of God today.