MORNING DEW: 21-11-2018
TOPIC: DAVID, THE MAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 18:17-23
Saul told David, “Here is my older daughter Merab. I’ll give her to you as a wife. Just be an excellent soldier for me and fight the LORD’s battles.” Now Saul told himself, “I won’t harm him myself. Instead, I’ll let the Philistines harm him.” David told Saul, “Who am I and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel that I should be the king’s son-in-law?” And when the time came to give Saul’s daughter Merab to David, she was given as a wife to Adriel of Meholah. Saul’s daughter Michal loved David. Saul was informed of this and he liked the idea. Saul told himself, “I’ll give her to him and she can be a snare to him and the Philistines will harm him.” So Saul told David, “For a second time you can be my son-in-law today.” Saul commanded his officials, “Speak with David privately and say, ‘Look, the king delights in you, and all his officials love you. Now become the king’s son-in-law.” Saul’s officials delivered this message to David, and he asked, “Is becoming the king’s son-in-law an unimportant thing to you? I’m a poor and unimportant man.”
KING SAUL DECEIVED DAVID
David was desperate to marry king Saul’s daughter. He just wanted to be connected to royalty, already he was a king but he had to wait for the appointed time. As a king he wanted to marry a princess, besides, this was king Saul’s own initiative, he promised to give his daughter as a wife to a man that would killed Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25).
David killed Goliath and demanded his wife. Was he asking for too much? No!
But King Saul began to play the intelligence of David. When a day was set to do the honourable thing the lady was given to David’s enemy. David was disappointed.
David was deceived. Deception is a sin, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). The Holy Spirit was no more with king Saul, hence he could do his father’s (Satan) bid, because he (Satan) is a liar from the beginning and is called the fathers of all liars (John 8:44).
Anybody, group, sect, denomination, that do not believe in the Holy Spirit do not believe in God. And anybody who lacks the Holy Spirit in him is under a bondage. That is exactly what King Saul was going through.
Deception is food for some Christians today. There is deception among Christians daters, there is deception in Christian marriage, there is deception in Christian daily activities: phone calls, appointments, conversations, etc.
David was not one of such people one should be messing up with, because he was carrying the grace of God on him.
KING SAUL BETRAYED DAVID
You can’t threaten the man of grace, the man after God’s own heart. King Saul plan was to give his daughter to David’s enemy to betray him. He betrayed him. Betrayal is a destructive weapon.
Pastors in the body of Christ betray their colleagues. Members in the body of Christ betray themselves. The spirit of Judas Iscariot is seriously working in the church today. Judas did it for money but today we do it in the church for praise, position, fame, and material possessions.
Whichever reason it is, it is dangerous and can land you into hell fire. Judas did not die a natural death due to betrayal. Be careful of the person you are betraying, like Judas, who betrayed the man of grace and left the earth prematurely. That was the same mistake king Saul was doing, betraying a man after God’s own heart.
Deception and betrayal are all destructive weapons and should not be mentioned among Christians.
…to be continued…
Prayer: Father, help me fight the spirit of deception and betrayal, I denounce them in Jesus’ Name!
Rev. John Wundengba