Monday, April 20, 2009

Transition


David does not know it yet, but his life is about to turn dramatically for the better.

The experience that he is living does not seem that good. He tried to become part of the Philistine army and was rejected. He and his men went back to thier little town and discovered it had been raided and all their families as well as their property had been taken. The town burned to the ground. And Saul was still chasing him to kill him. Not great circumstances.

BUT!

They chase the Amalekites, get not only their own families and possessions back, but also all the other vast booty that had been siezed. So they got from broke to wealthy in the space of a few days.

Three days later, they get word that Saul and his sons have been killed in battle.

David asks God if he should return to Israel. The answer is yes, and the town of Hebron crowns him king. Big change in a few short days...

Here are some of the things David blogs during this time in his life.

Psalm 130
A Pilgrim Song
1 -2 Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life! Master, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
Listen to my cries for mercy.

Psalm 121
A Pilgrim Song
1 -2 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains...
7 -8 God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.

Psalm 124
A Pilgrim Song of David
1 -5 If God hadn't been for us —all together now, Israel, sing out!—
If God hadn't been for us
when everyone went against us,
We would have been swallowed alive
by their violent anger,
Swept away by the flood of rage,
drowned in the torrent;
We would have lost our lives
in the wild, raging water.
6 Oh, blessed be God!
He didn't go off and leave us.
He didn't abandon us defenseless,
helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs...
8 God's strong name is our help,
the same God who made heaven and earth.
He put his poems to music and had the whole country singing God's praises.
I especially like the phrase "—all together now, Israel, sing out!— "

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