Scripture: 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Saul had banned all mediums and spiritists from the land, but when the Lord did not answer him, Saul grew desperate and turned back to one for counsel. Saul had not followed God’s previous directions. However, God brought Samuel back to give Saul a prediction of what was going to happen, and it was something Saul had already known. David had pretended his loyalty to Achish. When war broke out with Israel, he was sent back to Ziklag, where he found that the Amalekites had destroyed Ziklag. David and his men pursued the Amalekites, defeated them, and recovered all that was taken from them, including David’s two wives. The Philistines killed Saul’s sons and injured him badly. When Saul’s armor-bearer refused to kill him, Saul took his own life. When Saul’s armor-bearer saw that he was dead, he, too, fell on his sword. Psalm 18 is a psalm by David, singing his gratitude to God for His deliverance and victory from his enemies, including Saul.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Saul had banned mediums, but after he grew afraid of the Philistine army, he returned back to one for advice. We may denounce sin, but if our hearts do not change, sin will return, as in Saul’s case. God did not answer Saul because he had not followed His previous directions. Sometimes we wonder why our prayers do not get answered. However, we must first stop and ask ourselves if we have fulfilled the responsibilities that God has already given us. David found his strength in God, just as we should. When we are facing problems in life, it is useless to blame or criticize others. Instead, we must ask God to help us find a solution. We must always follow God’s law above any human commands. We should strive for constant obedience to God on a daily basis. Praise and thank God each and every day for His protection, guidance, love, and blessings.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of 1 Samuel and Psalms, and the lessons that come from each one. Please help us to put our relationship with You above any and all earthly riches, for we know that You are the only one who can completely satisfy us. Help us to remain faithful to You through all of our trials and struggles in this life, and please keep our hearts clean. Help us to always obey You, trust You, and follow the path that You have paved for our lives. Help us to draw near to You in our times of trouble and on a daily basis. Help us to commit our ways to You and to trust You for the outcome. Help us to flee from revenge, always treating others – even our enemies – in God-honoring ways. We give our enemies up to You, and we ask for Your protection. Help us never to doubt or resent You when an answer to prayer is not on our timing. Please help us to fulfill the responsibilities that You have for us. We know that You know what is best for us, and we trust You. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.