Friday, December 28, 2007

David (of Goliath fame) and his Integrity

I just finished reading the story of David and King Saul in the book of I Samuel for the umpteenth time. This time I was really impressed by David's integrity. David had two remarkable opportunities to kill his enemy and pursuer, King Saul. All of David's men said, "Look, God has delivered your enemy into your hands." David could have been swayed by their persuasive words. After all, he had done nothing to provoke King Saul's anger and the king was pursuing him with intent to kill him without cause. But David was a man of integrity. In spite of all the tribulations he was experiencing as a result of King Saul's actions, he refused to raise a hand against the king who was under the Lord's anointing. David had two marvelous opportunities to kill King Saul, but instead he took a piece of his robe the first time and his weapons the second time. And even though he didn't touch the king to harm him, he was still conscience stricken by his actions.

I am reminded of a passage in Psalm 15:4 where the psalmist (David) says in answer to his own question in the first verse, "he who swears to his own hurt and does not change..." This is David's own description of the man who may dwell in the Lord's tabernacle and on His holy hill.

We all have much to learn about this kind of integrity and about how God honors it!
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