Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19 March 2022 Written By Kelli Worrall (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: MICHAL: A GOD WHO PRESERVES

SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 19:1–18

19 Now Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David; but Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David. So Jonathan told David, saying, “My father Saul seeks to kill you. Therefore please be on your guard until morning, and stay in a secret place and hide. And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.”

Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you. For he took his life in his hands and killed 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, to kill David without a cause?”

So Saul heeded the voice of Jonathan, and Saul swore, “As the Lord lives, he shall not be killed.” Then Jonathan called David, and Jonathan told him all these things. So Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence as in times past.

And there was war again; and David went out and fought with the Philistines, and struck them with a mighty blow, and they fled from him.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

Now the distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. 10 Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence; and he drove the spear into the wall. So David fled and escaped that night.

11 Saul also sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through a window. And he went and fled and escaped. 13 And Michal took [a]an image and laid it in the bed, put a cover of goats’ hair for his head, and covered it with clothes. 14 So when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

15 Then Saul sent the messengers back to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” 16 And when the messengers had come in, there was the image in the bed, with a cover of goats’ hair for his head. 17 Then Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he has escaped?”

And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I kill you?’ ”

18 So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done to him. And he and Samuel went and stayed in Naioth.

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MESSAGE

This chapter of the Saul–David saga feels a lot like those classic Tom and Jerry cartoons where the mouse repeatedly outwits and eludes the pursuing cat. Over and over again Saul tries to attack David, and David narrowly escapes, aided by none other than Saul’s own children.

The chapter begins with Saul’s ill-conceived attempt to enlist the help of his son Jonathan. The author reminds the reader of Jonathan’s affection for David, and Jonathan demonstrates that love by immediately warning David of his father’s plot (vv. 1–2).

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.- Romans 12:19

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

Then Jonathan hatched a plan of his own. He used persuasive techniques to change the heart and mind of his father. He started with logic. David had not harmed Saul. In fact, David’s actions had benefited Saul. Jonathan even provided the specific evidence of Goliath. He cited the authority of the Lord, the actual source of Saul’s deliverance. He finished with an emotional appeal. Why would Saul sin against innocent blood (v. 5)?

 

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Jonathan was persuasive, and Saul vowed in the Lord’s name that David would not be harmed. But the reprieve was temporary. When war returned and David experienced further victory, the evil spirit came again to Saul (v. 9). Once more, Saul hurled his spear at David who was playing his harp. David escaped.

Saul was on the rampage yet again. This time Michal came to David’s defense. She took charge of the situation and directed David to flee out the window. She fooled her father’s messengers by covering an idol with goat hair and clothes and lying that David was sick. When Saul learned of the ruse, he was furious. His children had given him a taste of his own medicine. In response, David composed Psalm 59.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 19th March 2022

>> The running theme of this dramatic chapter is that God preserved David as Israel’s next king, even when the odds seemed to be stacked in Saul’s favor. How have you observed or experienced God’s preservation?

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“You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely” (Psalm 59:17). For the times You have protected our bodies and guarded our souls, we thank You.

Kelli Worrall is Professor of Communications and Chair of the Division of Music and Media Arts at Moody Bible Institute. She is the author of several books, including Pierced and Embraced: 7 Life-Changing Encounters with the Love of Christ. Kelli studied at Cedarville University (BA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MRE), and Roosevelt University (MFA).  She enjoys speaking both individually and with Peter at events and retreats. They live in northwest Illinois with their two children.

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