|He Holds Us In The Hollow Of His Hands
I was reading Psalm 13, where David, in the days long before he became king,
while King Saul was hunting high and low for him, to kill him out of jealousy...David says to God, "How long wilt thou
forget me, Oh Lord? Forever? How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
And all the time,
God was protecting him...either warning him through someone, or hiding him from the eyes of Saul. The details of David's
life are most interesting, from his killing of Goliath, which earned him a daughter of King Saul, and on through his Kingship.
I'm in the process this time through the Bible, by reading the chronological version, which puts all the verses and chapters
in the order in which they occurred, and it puts all his life in order, from start to finish.
after Saul had David live in the palace and play his harp when Saul was feeling bad, Saul's jealousy caused him
to throw his spear at David, at least twice, but God caused him to miss. And also, Saul was mighty unhappy that his
son, Jonathan, and David were the closest of friends.
At any rate, here God was, protecting
him from King Saul and his thousands of troops, while David had 400 to 600 with him at most. Someone would tell Saul
where and when they had seen David, and Saul would take off to that place, only to find that David "somehow" had
been warned, and was gone. This happened, time after time, and at least twice, David had the chance to kill Saul, but
refused because Saul was the Lord's annointed.
For example, once David was hiding in a
cave when Saul came into the cave, and while his mind was on other things, David slipped up and cut off a piece of his robe,
then as Saul went on his way, David called out to him of how he could have killed him, but didn't. (I Samuel 24)
Another time, Saul was asleep and God made his guards sleep too, while David took Saul's spear and water canteen and left
him unharmed (I Samuel 26).
I've related a few lines about God's protection of David to remind
you that God is watching over you, too, even those of you who don't care about Him. Of course, life and death happens,
but God still hopes you'll accept his Gift of Salvation, and often protects you, whether you care or not. I hope
you'll choose to live for Him. Talk to Him about it. A good time is NOW.