Eric Geiger brought a message this morning about being persecuted by the people closest to us. He took us back to the book of 1st Samuel, retelling the story of how David was chased by Saul all around the region where he lived. He told how Saul became jealous of David’s popularity with the people because of his success with the army. When Saul realized his reputation was at stake, he turned his heart against David and planned to kill him.
Saul chased David all across the region, forcing him to flee from town to town; Places where he was once honored he was being betrayed. Priests and town leaders were telling Saul where he was so he could be pursued. The chase lasted almost an entire decade!
Psalm 57 is a prayer David prayed while he was hiding out in a cave, escaping Saul’s wrath. He prayed, accepting the refuge he found in the wings of God. The whole time David was being pursued, he found his strength and acceptance in the Lord.
The idea presented was relevant to where I am in life right now. Sometimes I feel as though people are pointing fingers at me, dragging me down and accusing me of whatever they come up with that day, but when I turn my eyes to the Lord, I find shelter. Psalm 57, verse 4 states, “I am in the midst of lions; I lie among ravenous beasts — men whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords” but David goes on to say that he finds glory in the Lord.
I realized that I cannot keep looking for acceptance from this world because anything that is not the God will not last in the long run. When I remember to keep my focus on the Lord, I know I will be protected. What a wonderful feeling!
-Kalika, first year Aprentis student