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Man on the Run - Pt2

Sun, May 17, 2020
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To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who addressed the words of this song to the LORD on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. - Psalm 18:1-3 (ESV) It was terrifying. A yard school Goliath stood between me and freedom. He was probably only 4 feet tall, but he might as well have been 15 feet high, had impenetrable armor, nuclear weapons, and laser eyes. Here I was without even a single pebble or rubber band slingshot, just a bag of insecurities and fear. At the moment that I knew I was about to be crushed into dust, his face suddenly transformed from intimidation to terror. He looked, how I felt. His eyes were wide and his stance changed from fight to flight. And then he was gone. What changed? Maybe in that moment of stress I'd become the superhero I'd always known I was in my mind. No. He'd just seen my high school, middle-linebacker friend Mark get out of his car and head toward me while calling my name. In the moment of fear I'd forgotten he was my ride that day. Been there? How did you respond? Did you puff up your chest proud of how tough YOU were? Or were you fawningly thankful for a friend like Mark? David was a man on the run. He'd escaped death numerous times. He wasn't afraid of battle. He'd won many, but with relentless energy Saul had pursued him, but now Saul was gone. How would he think about those years? How was he still here? Who had stood behind him? This week we close out our series in 1 Samuel, by looking at another Psalm. In Psalm 18, David reflects on how he was saved from his enemies including and especially Saul. This must have been a lyric that he sang often because not only is it in Psalm 18, but it is recorded in 2 Samuel 22 as some of the closing words of David's life. I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through it. We are going to consider how God is the one that delivers us.
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