David’s Empathy and Forgiveness
How many times have you been hurt by either friends or acquaintances? How many times have you attempted to help and give your best to others only to have them turn against you at a moment you least expect? David went through these very experiences. When he had defeated a giant and restored the composure, the envy of Saul kicked into place. David did not expect to have that specific envy attack him and rather believed that he was probably helping Saul.
However, sometimes people act in ways that we would never expect. That is why we cannot place all our hopes on people because it is only the LORD who can fulfill us. We can help and try, but we cannot understand the way people may react or feel about something. The LORD protected David by allowing Jonathan, Saul’s son, to keep David informed and keep him safe about the way the king thought. Even while going through these circumstances, David continues to praise the LORD and even shows that he does not want evil to come about to his detractors and persecutors.
“Kill them not, lest my people forget, make them totter by your power and bring them down, O LORD, our shield!” – Psalm 59: 11
Even David does not want to destroy those who wish him harm. Instead he simply wishes to get back to helping the cause of the LORD. He continues to move forward and continues praising the LORD through all his difficulties because he knows that the LORD will safeguard him. There is no peace or serenity unless the presence of the LORD dwells within us.
“But I will sing of your strength, I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress. O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O GOD, are my fortress, the GOD who shows me steadfast love.” – Psalm 59: 16-17
The LORD is our strength and through the LORD we are able to continue. He places us in a fortress and is a very present help in times of trouble. When distress occurs, the LORD is a refuge. A place we go to whenever we feel pain or distressed. He renews us to continue.