WHEN EVILDOERS ASSAIL ME

Scripture Reading: I Samuel 19

“Saul sent messerngers to David’s house to watch him, that he might kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, told him, ‘If you do not escape with your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.’ So Michal let down David through the window, and he fled away and escaped.” (I Samuel 19:11)

Throughout his life, David learned about the providence and protection of God. He knew that God was in charge and that He would protect David. David wrote these words in Psalm 27 — “When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear, though war arise against me, yet I will be confident” (Psalm 27:2,3).

Out of his jealousy and envy, Saul sought to kill David, but God protected him against Saul’s evil plots. God even used Jonathan, Saul’s son. Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul and Saul received David back into his presence. But Saul had another fit of anger and tried to kill David. God protected David and he escaped from Saul’s hand.

Saul came after David in his own house. But Michal, David’s wife and Saul’s daughter, helped David escape (vs. 11-17). God used Michal to protect David and to deliver him from Saul.

David fled to Samuel. Saul sent messengers to take David, but again God intervened — “the Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied” (v. 20). Finally, Saul went himself, but God stepped in again — “And he too stripped off his clothes, and he prophesied before Samuel, and lay naked all that day and all that night. Thus is tis said, ‘Is Saul among the prophets?'” (vs. 23,24).

Do you see God’s hand at work? When evildoers came to assail David, they stumbled and fell. When the forces of Saul encamped against David, his heart did not fear. David was confident that God would protect him. When we feel overwhelmed and come under attack, be assured that the God of David is our God also. We do not have to fear. We can be confident because God is with us and He will protect us!

Lord God, my Savior and Defender, I thank You for Your providential care over my life. I thank You that You have promised to protect me and to deliver me from evil and evildoers. I am confident in You, and I have nothing to fear, for You are with me to protect and defend me. I trust You with my life and rest in Your tender care.

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