Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 28, 2015

“cry for discernment” – “seek her as silver” – “Then you will discern the fear of the Lord And discover the knowledge of God.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them.  15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not insulted, nor did we miss anything as long as we went about with them, while we were in the fields.  16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.  17 Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

18 Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys.  19 She said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.”  But she did not tell her husband Nabal.  20 It came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.  21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him;  and he has returned me evil for good.  22 May God do so to the enemies of David, and more also, if by morning I leave as much as one male of any who belong to him.”

23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground.  24 She fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame.  And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.  25 Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him;  but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.

26 “Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, since the Lord has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal.  27 Now let this gift which your maidservant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who accompany my lord.

32 Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 33 and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.”  1 Samuel Chapter 25:  Verses 14-27 and 32-33.

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Ultimately, the LORD received credit and praise for using His sovereign power to specifically send Abigail to David and for generally restraining David from shedding blood.  But, the discernment and intercession of Abigail was also recognized and praised.

Today, we will focus on discernment.  We will meditate on Proverbs 2:3-20 which I have broken up into sections followed by my comments in italic font.    

“3 For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
4 If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.”  Proverbs 2:3-5.

First, we see the value of discernment and the object of discernment.  Discernment is valuable “as silver” and “hidden treasure”.  The primary object of discernment is to discover the knowledge of God. 

Other doctrine primarily seeks to know more about man and what man should do. 

But, Reformed Doctrine primarily seeks to know more about God and what He has done.      

“6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
8 Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.”  Proverbs 2:6-8.

Other doctrine depends on its sermons and teachings and the free-will and wisdom of man. 

But, Reformed Doctrine continually builds faith in the LORD and trusts the LORD to give wisdom and to preserve the way of His elect (“Preservation of the Saints”, the “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation).  

“Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.”  Proverbs 2:9.

Abigail’s discernment led her to the good course of action of interceding and bringing a gift and humble pleas to David. 

Our discernment, received as a gift from God, will also lead us to every good course of action. 

“For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;”  Proverbs 2:10.

Because knowledge will be pleasant to our soul, gaining wisdom will be like a sport to us according to the following Scripture. 

“Doing wickedness is like sport to a fool,
And so is wisdom to a man of understanding.”  Proverbs 10:23. 

“11 Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
12 To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
14 Who delight in doing evil
And rejoice in the perversity of evil;
15 Whose paths are crooked,
And who are devious in their ways;
16 To deliver you from the strange woman,
From the adulteress who flatters with her words;
17 That leaves the companion of her youth
And forgets the covenant of her God;
18 For her house sinks down to death
And her tracks lead to the dead;
19 None who go to her return again,
Nor do they reach the paths of life.”  Proverbs 2:11-19.

Discernment and discretion will protect us.  

“So you will walk in the way of good men
And keep to the paths of the righteous.”  Proverbs 2:20.

In final summary, discernment will lead us to walk in good and righteous paths and stay within them.   

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