Good Monday Morning Coffee loves☺️! How you are all doing wonderful on this beautiful and cold Monday? Me personally I love this time of year because of all the colors that this season brings. So, let me welcome everyone one to a new day, a new week, and a new encouraging conversation with me, Kenya! Now, if you’re ready, then grab something cozy to drink ☕️, and let’s start the discussion.
So, for today’s conversation we will be discussing part three which is called “An Audience of One versus A People Pleaser”. Last week we discussed how God really wants and delights in partnering we us. This is one reason why He gave us His Holy Spirit. So remember as long as you have His Holy Spirit, you are not alone. Now it’s all about cultivating intimacy and yielding to Him. Now Let’s get into part three.
The scriptures that we will be referencing from are the following:
1 Samuel 26:9, And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless? ; 2 Samuel 1:14-16, “David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?” Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died. For David had said to him, “Your blood be on your own head. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the Lord’s anointed.’” 2 Samuel 6:21-22, “David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
1 Samuel 18:7-9, “As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.” Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David. 1 Samuel 29:24, “Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them”. 1 Samuel 15: 29-31, “Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the Lord your God.” So Samuel went back with Saul, and Saul worshiped the Lord.
So, from these scripture we can see who did what for who. The examples from King David helps us understand just how much he was about honoring God. On the occasions where he could have easily took Saul’s life he chose to not to because he had the fear of the Lord. In 1 Samuel 24:4 it says, “The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe”. Did you notice the part when it says conscience-stricken when we cut the corner of Saul’s robe. The ESV translation say’s that his heart struck him. This means that he realized that he made a horrible mistake and this was not okay and this dishonored God. This a great example how the Holy Spirit will communicate with us. There has been times in my life where when I was about to do something but then I would feel anxiety over it or feel grieved. Or I would get thoughts that would say don’t say that or don’t do that. In those times we have to learn to yield to the Holy Spirit because He is actually conveying to you instruction or how He feels about it.
Even when the time came that Saul was dead and the messenger of Saul’s death who came thinking he was about to be rewarded by David, David had him killed. David was so faithful to God that it did not even matter if you were his enemy or not because God reign supreme in his heart. He seen things from God’s perspective. These examples of David always amazes me because this man had a lot of integrity and he just did things from a different mindset. It did not matter what the majority did, He was not moved by their advice.
King Saul on the other hand was moved by the people. He was easily persuaded by the masses because he did not want to lose their attention. He did things out of fear. Even when Samuel was about to leave him, Saul told him to honor him before the people. Even though he said “I sinned”, he still wanted to look good in front of the elders and the others. Also in the account of the women singing David killed ten thousands and Saul killed thousands, this really upset Saul to the point where he wanted to kill David. Saul overall did not want to look bad or less than another person in front others and he was willing to disobey God who is above all.
To conclude let’s look at the account of David, he was so happy that the ark was back in Jerusalem that he danced and leaped before the Lord. When he came home he was greeted by his angry wife Michal who thought his behavior was shameful. May our response be like David when we are face with those who disagree with how we rejoice before the Lord. David understood that God was the one who was always for him and with him. David remembered being in the field with the sheep alone, he remembers how God kept him, and he remembers when Samuel came to his house and all his brothers were put in front of Samuel and no one even considered him except for God. David knew that overall God was the one who really cared and had his back. David embrace God’s leadership in His life. May we strive to honor God in everything that we do.
Side Note: God loves you so much!
Monday Morning Coffee question: Do you seek the applause of God or of men?
Remember to take it one day at a time, stay encouraged by the Lord, and remember that God loves you soooo much, so remember to love Him back!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Monday Morning Coffee conversation. I hope you were blessed, inspired, challenged, and of course, encouraged! If so, then please like 👍🏾, subscribe, comment, and share down below. Until next Monday, have a beautiful 🌺, blessed day, and bye for now 👋🏾!