Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 20, 2015

“The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 19.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+19&version=NASB

I quote the following verses.

“1 Now Saul told Jonathan his son and all his servants to put David to death.  But Jonathan, Saul’s son, greatly delighted in David.  2 So Jonathan told David saying, “Saul my father is seeking to put you to death.  Now therefore, please be on guard in the morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.  3 I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you;  if I find out anything, then I will tell you.”  4 Then Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, “Do not let the king sin against his servant David, since he has not sinned against you, and since his deeds have been very beneficial to you.  5 For he took his life in his hand and struck the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great deliverance for all Israel;  you saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by putting David to death without a cause?”  6 Saul listened to the voice of Jonathan, and Saul vowed, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be put to death.”  7 Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these words.  And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as formerly.

8 When there was war again, David went out and fought with the Philistines and defeated them with great slaughter, so that they fled before him.  9 Now there was an evil spirit from the Lord on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand, and David was playing the harp with his hand.  10 Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, so that he stuck the spear into the wall. And David fled and escaped that night.

11 Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him, in order to put him to death in the morning.  But Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.”  12 So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.  13 Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed, and put a quilt of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.  14 When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”  15 Then Saul sent messengers to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me on his bed, that I may put him to death.”  16 When the messengers entered, behold, the household idol was on the bed with the quilt of goats’ hair at its head.  17 So Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?”  And Michal said to Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go!  Why should I put you to death?’”  1 Samuel 19:1-17.

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David was protected by Jonathan’s verbal intercession.  Verses 1-7.  David was also protected by Michal’s physical deception.  Verses 11-17.  And, David was directly protected by God Who caused the spear to miss its mark and be stuck in the wall.  Verses 8-10.

Sometimes, we can protect people by only verbal intercession, by just saying a good word about the person threatened to the person threatening.

Sometimes, verbal intercession will not be enough, and we need to do more.

And, sometimes, there is no person to attribute protection other than God.

Overall, we know that protection comes ultimately from God.  

“7 The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
8 The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.”  Psalm 121:7-8.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”  2 Thessalonians 3:3.

We know that God sometimes uses people as tools, and the following Scripture should encourage people like Jonathan and Michal who do consider the helpless and who do intercede and protect them.  God in turn will protect them too.     

“1 How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
2 The Lord will protect him and keep him alive,
And he shall be called blessed upon the earth;
And do not give him over to the desire of his enemies.
3 The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed;
In his illness, You restore him to health.”  Psalm 41:1-3.

But, the LORD does more than protect a best friend (as Jonathan did) or a spouse (as Michal did).  The LORD protects the strangers, and thereby gives us the best example to follow.  

“The Lord protects the strangers;
He supports the fatherless and the widow,
But He thwarts the way of the wicked.”  Psalm 146:9.

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