2 Samuel 1:15 David asked him, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?” 16 Then David called one of his men and said, “Go, strike him down!” So he struck him down, and he died.
In life our paths are crossed by many faces, feet and hands. We are constantly put into positions to make judgement calls as to ones purpose and intentions towards us. Men and Women approach, often with oaths and gifts, speaking words of favor, lending flattering thoughts and encouraging words. Once in power, the favor of man, and loyalty of man is offered upon a platter to the one wearing the crown, leaving the man with the important task of discerning who is for them, and who is against them.
Here David is; encountering a man that is doing and saying all the right things. He comes before him in verse 2, and “falls to the ground to pay him honor.” He humbles himself in the Davids presence, giving a visible sign that he both sees and receives him as the new and rightful King. Furthermore, his posture shows respect for Davids power and authority. He recognized him as a mighty warrior and valiant man, worthy of praise and honor.
I wondered to myself, “How many of our Kingdoms have fallen from the Posture and Presentation of a man/woman?” Our desire to be respected and revered can open us up to the infiltration of the adversary, delivering to the sacrifice of praise, playing to our ego and leaving us vulnerable to loose it all. It occurred to me while reading that the posture was not in respect, but it was to get close and to gain the favor of the King.
The sad truth is, most of us know what submission looks like, but don’t know what it is. When we view submission, respect and honor as physical, then we will find ourselves easily fooled and jeopardizing our camp. Submission is a matter of the heart, not of the mouth, or the bending of a back. Even our Lord highlights this by saying we must “confess with our mouths and believe in our hearts” Romans 10:9.
David listened to his story, treating him with the utmost respect. But while he recounted his story, David, like our Lord was listening to His heart. He wasn’t persuaded by the presentation of Saul’s Crown and bands. Most of us would have received the gifts and treasure as a sign of loyalty and respect, and given its deliverer the honor of being in our inner circle, and or laid hands on them and given them influence in our camp.
David however, morned the loss of Saul, more so the loss of Jonathan, whom he says loved him better than more wonderful than a woman. V 26 He wasn’t caught in the trappings of the title, but was peering into the responsibility and began of his reign and journey carrying out the will of the Lord on earth. He understood that the crown he would bare, would not be one that was won or delivered by human hands, but one that was given to him from above by the Devine who had chosen him because of his heart and not his appearance or connections.
Too many of us are eager to wear another mans crown! Many of us would have placed the crown on our head and reveled in our new assignment. But not David! Many of us have assignments from God, but have received our crown from men! Our assignments have be tainted by a lack of judgment and the formation of un-heavenly earthly partnerships and relationship that will get us off track. We must, like David, remember that the crown is not the determining factor of who is King, but the oil that has flowed upon our heads. Words and treasure and earthly garnishing that lull us into corrupt ways and an unrighteous end.
After morning, David questioned the man, asking him the question of questions, “Why weren’t you afraid to lift your hand to destroy the LORD’s anointed?” V. 15 David after listening to the Spirit knew that he too was God’s anointed. While the man looked to gain favor by reporting that he killed Saul, his claim revealed his heart which had no respect for the anointing and the office. His power move with most would have been successful, but David was wise and able to discern what was behind his tale.
We can learn much from watching the way those who sing our praise treat authority and speak of the office in which we currently reside and are due to obtain. If they will verbally execute another minister or ministry, co-worker, supervisor, then assuming that you will be or are currently exempt from their fruit is foolish. There should be something about that individual that has such respect for the office, that it proves painful, impossible even, to speak against the man or woman God has chosen to serve. While this is true, many offices have been captured by the sweet songs of one who destroys and disrespects another in our presence, somehow believing that their posture and presentation are signs that we are above their accosting.
We are just one of a few that have been chosen, and while unique, we are not different. We are different is assignment, but all chosen by the divine to carry our His will and to speak forth His truth!
Not only was David able to discern his intentions, David also knew the man was lying. David spoke, “Your own mouth testified against you when you said, ‘I killed the LORD’s anointed.’ ” V. 16 The man was lying the whole time! He was lying and wanted credit for Saul’s death to gain favor with David. Though he had not committed the act of killing Saul, David killed him based upon what was in his heart. David came to the conclusion, “If He killed Saul, He will kill me!” I challenge you to look into your camp, and to identify those attached not for relationship, but for resources. Identify those who have great presentation and posture, and hold a magnifying glass up to their hearts! Now, don’t kill anyone! (gotta put that in writing!!!!) And don’t have anyone killed! (gotta put that in writing too!) But evaluate the camp so that you will know what you have attached to you, and pray for discernment so that you can rule well and handle the assignment God has given to you.
In final, a question, “What’s in your heart?” I chose for this blog a picture depicting worship. I wondered to myself how God feels when we are in His presence. See, we all know what worship looks like. We all know what submission looks like. We all know what praise sounds like. But, do we really know what all of these things are? And are they truly whats in our heart? Could it be that God listens to our praise, and receives the crown and bracelets in the offering plate, and is still haunted by our hearts that are far from Him. Could it be that God hears our praise and is bothered and disgusted by our worship, knowing that our words are just to gain favor with him, and not to build a relationship with Him? God must be more than a resource, He must be our source!