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Psalm 57:1  Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by. 2 I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. 3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.[1](TLT)

He had already been through a lot. As a shepherd boy, he killed bears and lions, not to talk of foxes and snakes. He challenged a giant to a duel and killed him through divine intervention as a youth. He had to kill 300 warriors to get a protocol wife, and he achieved it with his friends. This made him very popular, and the government pretended to like him. It even employed him. The God who performs saved him each time.

Then, one fateful day, the hate which had been building slowly erupted like a volcano! He was nearly murdered in cold blood by the same king who employed him. Again, God, the divine Performer, preserved his life. They even sent messengers to this young man’s home. Only his creativity saved him that night. So for years, he lived life as a creative, innovative fugitive. By now, you have guessed who this is, right? If you haven’t, keep reading. It gets more troubling. Everyone who helped him as he was fleeing became the king’s personal enemy. And the king, personally, saw to their execution! As a fugitive, he and his friends went to the neighbouring kingdom and swore allegiance to them just to stay alive. To prove they meant it, they agreed to go to war with their enemies against their own nation! Now, you know the hero. No? Don’t worry.

The king chased him into the wilderness. For years, he personally went in search of this young fugitive. While tracking him, the king had to relieve himself in a cave one day. Unknown to him, the fugitive and his men had also retreated beside that cave. Well, the king hung his clothes and squatted… close your nose. And when he was done, he and his soldier continued their search. I guess you know now, right. In the cave, David only cut the king’s robe instead of killing him there. Each time, the God who performs was there.

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You also know he refused to kill the king more than once when it was really close and easy (1Samuel 24:4-7; 1Samuel 26:8-12). His reason? Of course…1Sa 24:6 “And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master… seeing he is the anointed of the Lord”.

David instead cried out to God for deliverance from the same king he was given a chance to kill but didn’t. Simply because Saul was ‘the anointed of the Lord’. Today, God’s ‘anointed’ would not hesitate to kill God’s ‘anointed’. God’s children will not think twice before they poison another child of God because of money. God’s children would not hesitate to do whatever it takes – fair or foul – to get what we want. And often, our loved ones wickedly goad us on.

Notice that David worked hard to preserve his own life. But he left God to deal with His ‘anointed’ who wanted to kill him. Then, when the opportunity came, he rebuked the king. David’s prayer to God (in verse 4) shows his thoughts about King Saul.

God will never leave you to some shameful fate. He is the God who performs for the benefit of His children. Work hard at your grades, health, family, church, and life. He is the God that performs all miracles for you (verse 2). He doesn’t make promises like Jeremiah 29:11-13, Luke 12:7 or even Deuteronomy31:6 just to appear great. God keeps all His promises!


[1] https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+57%3A1-3&version=NLT