July 25, 2016
Every week, we have a men’s study called “The Forge” at our local church and this past year, we have been studying 1 Samuel. Faithfully, we have men show up to have their hearts forged by the Word of God through worship, study and prayer. We have journeyed with David from his anointing by Samuel; being in King Saul’s service; fleeing from Saul for his life, and changing his allegiance to his enemy the Philistines.
A few weeks back, we covered chapter 27 where David says in his heart, “Now I shall perish one day by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should escape to the land of the Philistines.”
When I read these words, my heart sank for my battle buddy David. My soul has traveled life with David as we closely study the pages of 1 Samuel. So why did my heart pause and utterly sink when I read his words? As I wrestled, I recognized something all too familiar… David is battle weary. He has been on the run for his life, hiding in caves, rarely having a full night’s sleep. He has constantly been at the ready, never knowing when the next attack will come around the corner. My heart sank for David, because there have been seasons of life were I have felt the same weariness. I have also journeyed with many of my battle buddies who have experienced the same.
Decisions made in the heat of fear and weariness can be devastating… David made a decision to enter into the service of Achish the king of Gath. Gath is the homeland of David’s fallen foe Goliath. Can you see the danger of David’s decision? Can you see the risk he is placing himself, and the 600 men that are with him? As I grieved the battle weariness of David, I also observed the poor discernment that he used in this season of his life. I have painfully observed the same trait in my life. When I am in the constant battle, nights are late and the mornings come early, that is when I have to be reminded of protecting myself from the enemy and myself. I have to humbly engage the battle buddies around me, and have them lock their shields to mine. Then we can throw our shields down together. Becoming a fortified wall of protection against the enemy. This not only protects me from my battle weary self, but also those who I am battling for, and who are battling with me… friends, family, co-workers, ministry partners, etc.
Are you battle weary today? Are you making decisions from your exhaustion? Is your discernment and decision-making only being tested by yourself? If so, reach out to your battle buddies. If you don’t have any… find some! We are not battling the Philistines, yet there are many a King Achish (worldly things and kings) waiting to gain our allegiance.
You may be asking, so where is my hope if I’ve strayed away through the weariness of battle? Take heart. David didn’t stay in the service of the king of Gath. In 1 Samuel 30:6, we see David re-align his heart to God, seek the will of God, and be strengthened by God once again for the battle’s yet to be fought… we have the same hope. Hebrews 11:32-34 tells us of godly warriors who “by FAITH conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fires, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight.”
Choose today to reach out to a battle buddy. Lock shields through prayer and accountability. Re-align your heart in allegiance to the King of Kings! Let your heart be moved from strength to strength by the might of your Warrior King Jesus!