The Road to Recovery – 1 Samuel 30

“…David recovered all.” 1 Sam. 30:19

A sadder picture there could not be. David, out of the will of God stands with his men amid the smoldering ruins of Ziklag, lamenting their loss at the hands of the Amalekites who had ransacked their camp and had taken captive their wives, children and all their possessions. The anguish of heart that David experienced was the inevitable result from his brief defection to Achish, king of Gath. Stripped of self and pride, David now encouraged himself in the Lord and launched a counter offensive against the enemy recovering all that he had lost. He was renewed in the Lord and as a result recovered all.
Christian friend, have you suffered some loss as a result of your friendship with the world? Return to the Lord and find your strength in Him, and perhaps you too will recover all.

“ Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed;I, I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand –G. Keith

The Hacking of Agag

It would have appeared after Saul’s return from his battle with the Amalekites (1 Sam. 15) that his victory over them was complete and decisive. Charged by God to utterly destroy these perennial enemies (v. 2), he launched a successful military campaign against them and defeated these foes with the edge of the sword.  Although he had decimated their ranks, Saul had not completely destroyed them but had spared Agag their king and the best of the flocks.  Everything else–that which as “despised and worthless”–he did away with (v. 9).  In many respects, it was an overwhelming victory.  But because Saul had not fully obeyed the Lord, God sent Samuel to confront him for his lack of obedience.  When Samuel encountered Saul in Gilgal, he had just come from Carmel where he had erected a monument–a memorial to himself to glory in his “victory”.  Self-assured, he declared to Samuel with an air of confidence that he had performed the “commandment of the Lord” (v. 13).  But Samuel was not swayed.  Bolding exposing Saul’s incomplete obedience, he declared the dire consequences of disregarding the command of the Lord.  He asked the penetrating question: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord?”  Not waiting for a response, he sounded forth the truth “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice and to heed than the fat of rams.” (v. 22)  Forced to face his disobedience squarely, Saul could do nothing more than to readily admit his sin and hope for the best.  But the damage had been done and the verdict was in–the Lord had rejected him from being king over Israel.  Samuel then requested to have Agag, king of the Amalekites brought to him. Without delay, he declared God’s judgment on him and hacked him to pieces before the Lord.

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