Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 24, 2015

“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 15.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 In this manner Absalom dealt with all Israel who came to the king for judgment;  so Absalom stole away the hearts of the men of Israel.

7 Now it came about at the end of forty years that Absalom said to the king, “Please let me go and pay my vow which I have vowed to the Lord, in Hebron.  8 For your servant vowed a vow while I was living at Geshur in Aram, saying, ‘If the Lord shall indeed bring me back to Jerusalem, then I will serve the Lord.’”  9 The king said to him, “Go in peace.”  So he arose and went to Hebron.  10 But Absalom sent spies throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpet, then you shall say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’”  11 Then two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem, who were invited and went innocently, and they did not know anything.  12 And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, from his city Giloh, while he was offering the sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong, for the people increased continually with Absalom.

13 Then a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.”  14 David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise and let us flee, for otherwise none of us will escape from Absalom.  Go in haste, or he will overtake us quickly and bring down calamity on us and strike the city with the edge of the sword.”

23 While all the country was weeping with a loud voice, all the people passed over.  The king also passed over the brook Kidron, and all the people passed over toward the way of the wilderness.

24 Now behold, Zadok also came, and all the Levites with him carrying the ark of the covenant of God.  And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar came up until all the people had finished passing from the city.  25 The king said to Zadok, “Return the ark of God to the city.  If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation.  26 But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”  2 Samuel Chapter 15:  Verses 6-14 and 24-26.

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There are Scriptures like Psalm Chapter 43 where David strongly pleads and cries out:

“1 Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;
O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
2 For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3 O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill
And to Your dwelling places.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God.”  Psalm 43:1-4.

But, in verses 25-26 of today’s Scripture, we see more of the quiet deference to God in David’s words:  “If I find favor in the sight of the Lord, then He will bring me back again and show me both it and His habitation.  But if He should say thus, ‘I have no delight in you,’ behold, here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him.”

There is a place for both the passionate pleas and the quiet deference in Scripture and in the righteous man’s relationship to God.

But since today, we see the quiet deference, we will comment more on it.

The quiet deference in today’s Scripture does remind us of the Christian’s quiet deference to the “Unconditional Election” of God, the “U” of “TULIP’ the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

In sharp contrast, there are others who totally revolt against God’s “Unconditional Election”.  They say:  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

Although the Christian will rightly from time to time strongly plead out and cry like in Psalm 43 as shown above, the Christian will also from time to time only simply show quiet deference to God as David showed in today’s Scripture.

We look to Christ as our example who said in Luke 22:42:  “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me;  yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

And, as David was surrounded by a great crowd of witnesses as to how he would endure such hostility from Absalom, we have a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us too as to how we will endure.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”  Hebrews 12:1-3.

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