Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
Memorise: A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet. Proverbs 29:5
Read: 1 Samuel 18:6-11
David had victory over challenges he faced. His problems started not long after God gave him victory over Goliath; some devil-inspired and highly immodest women began to sing his praise
… Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. 1 Samuel 18:7
Immediately King Saul heard the song, he was very angry and began to see David as a threat. He saw him as someone who was out to take over his throne from him; no wonder he fought this young boy with all the military might of Israel! But how was their relationship before then?
And David came to Saul, and stood before him: and he loved him greatly; and he became his armourbearer. 1 Samuel 16:21
King Saul had a mental challenge and David was brought to play the harp to get him relieved. When he first saw this boy, it was love at first sight. The Bible says he loved David greatly to the extent that he specifically asked Jesse his father to allow him stay in the palace. He even put him over the soldiers (1 Samuel 18:5). Even when David offered to go and fight Goliath, King Saul tried to prevent him. However, after hearing David’s testimonies and seeing his faith in the God of Israel, he reluctantly released him, transferring his personal armour to him and praying for him (1 Samuel 17:31-38).
After David defeated Goliath, what should have given David a higher leverage in favour before his boss was suddenly reversed to disfavour because of unguided praise singers. It was not David’s fault but when he heard the song exalting his achievements above the king’s, he could have asked the ladies to stop that song, but he didn’t. I don’t think he enjoyed the persecution that followed. Beware of praise singing and praise singers! One thing that is causing supposed good leaders to miss the mark is the sycophants that surround them. Beware of those who come to you to say that you are the best thing that ever happened to the church, community or organisation. Many of them have hidden agendas. If you are easily carried away by such flattering lips, you will fall into their net and regret it for a long time to come. Surround yourself with those who can tell you the truth and correct or check your excesses. They may appear unfriendly but at the end of the day, they may be the only true friends you have.
Pray that every tongue that will sing your praise to your detriment will shut up in Jesus name.
Bible in one year: 1 Kings 14-16