When the harp went silent…

Posted: May 15, 2015 in thought to ponder
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Sometimes, hopelessness gets in our way of thinking. We then think of a rational way out.

(Read 1 Samuel 27)

Take the case of David. He was running for his life. He was getting desperate.

“Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul…”

Where was the psalmist when you need him? Where’s the faith? Where were the stories of God rescuing him over and over again? Where was his journal when he needed it most?

I guess hopelessness gets into us as it did get to David.

“There is nothing better for me that I should escape to the land of the Philistines.”

He was thinking, the most logical way out, the most rational way out was to go to the Philistines. The enemies of Israel.

This is how we think when problem arises. We look for the most logical, the most rational way out. Think of how many times do we rely on reason than faith. Think of the times when our “instincts” kick in rather than getting to our knees.

David fled to Gath. The hometown of Achish, a Philistine king. We all have our “Gath”. We all have that moment when we lose hope and we would run to our “security blanket”. It could be a form of a parent, a job, or a special someone. It’s something or somebody that we run to aside from God.

Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?”

After running to Gath, David went from hopelessness to manipulation. Create a distance between him and his benefactor. Just so that he could move freely.

Sounds familiar? When we are in a tight spot, we would manipulate the situation for our advantage. How many times do we tell people we’re doing things for “God’s glory” when truth is, it is for our advantage? We can fool people but we can’t fool God.

David stayed in Ziklag for one year and four months. That’s one year and four months of not talking to God. No psalm was made. No songs were written. It was a year and four months of distancing himself from God because he chose to let logic and reasoning take center stage than faith in the Almighty.

The next thing is something we never expected David to do. He made raids and left no survivors. Then he lied about it.

And David would strike the land and would leave neither man nor woman alive, but would take away the sheep, the oxen, the donkeys, the camels, and the garments, and come back to Achish. When Achish asked, “Where have you made a raid today?” David would say, “Against the Negeb of Judah,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Jerahmeelites,” or, “Against the Negeb of the Kenites.” And David would leave neither man nor woman alive to bring news to Gath, thinking, “lest they should tell about us and say, ‘So David has done.’” Such was his custom all the while he lived in the country of the Philistines.

There was no survivor. Not one. Not even children. There were more lies. Such is the effect of living a double lie. There was no one telling David about morality, about right or wrong. No prophets. No Samuel. No Nathan. Hopelessness makes us “kill” our conscience.

Hopelessness indeed has a way of getting into our heads. It is in these times when instead of running away, we should turn back. It is in these times when instead of focusing on our situation, we look to God.


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