These passages have me thinking about fear and authority.
First, David’s men are afraid to go to Keilah. Things were already sketchy for them at home. But David kept his cool, asked the Lord and trusted His answer.
Next, the people of Keilah are afraid of Saul and plan to sell out David, even though he just saved them.
When Saul is within reach, David’s men urge him to put an end to their fears and troubles, by killing this crazed King.
But there is something David fears most, and it’s the Lord. He anointed Saul king and that still means something. Even though he’s crazy now (even, at times, possessed), he’s still God’s appointed leader of His people. The worthiness God puts on Saul trumps the actions that have made him seem worthless.
David knows he will be the king one day, but he’s not in any hurry about it.
Often times when God promises me something, I’m like, “Awesome! Leave the rest to me, I’ll make it happen ASAP!” I’m pretty impatient and compulsive.
More important than doing God’s will, is doing it God’s way and in His timing. When He lets us in on stuff, it’s not an invitation to take over. His promises are sure, even when the situation seems out of control or headed in the opposite direction.
God’s purposes will stand and this is important to remember (especially since we could be facing the appointing of a crazed king of our own soon).
The Psalm that goes with this time is 54. Even in the face of “arrogant foes”, “people without reguard for God”, David says, “the LORD is the one who sustains me.”
What does it look like for you to fear God only?