Scripture Reading: I Samuel 24:1-15
“And afterwards David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord’s anointed.'” (I Samuel 24:5,6)
David was hiding in the caves at Engedi when Saul came there with three thousand men in pursuit of David. Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. It happened to be the very cave where David and his men were hiding. Here was David’s opportunity to put an end to the man who was trying to kill him. His men said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you'” (v. 4).
David chose to spare Saul’s life, but he cut off the edge of his robe (v. 4). However, David’s conscience troubled him because he had been disrespectful to the Lord’s anointed — “And afterwards David’s heart struck him because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.”
When Saul departed from the cave, David came after him and called to him with respect — “‘My lord the king!’ And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the earth and paid homage” (v. 8).
How can we explain David’s actions toward his enemy? The answer is simple and yet profound — David was a man of integrity — “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering” (Psalm 26:1). David was committed to do the right thing, to walk in integrity — “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me” (Psalm 26:11). David did the right thing and he trusted God for the outcome.
God calls us to live our lives with a heart of integrity. He wants us to do the right thing, even if it puts us in jeopardy. Integrity means that I do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. It means that my “yes” is “yes” and my “no” is “no.” Integrity means that I am willing to take risks to do the right thing. God honors those who seek to live a life of integrity.
Lord God, it is difficult at times to do the right thing. I am prone to compromise and to take the easy way out. Forgive me when I dishonor You by failing to live my life with integrity. Grant me grace to walk in integrity and to trust in You without wavering.
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