Prophet David داؤد‎ #3: Dealing with Enemies in God's Way

Prophet David was successful in fighting against Goliath, but often he could not enjoy a peaceful life as many of his enemies wanted to kill him because of jealousy and power.  

Leaving vengeance to God

One of the most distinctive features of Prophet David was his refusal to use violence or take revenge against his enemies in his own way. He did not need to because he knew the heart of God.

While he was being pursued by people who brought him great suffering, he looked up to God for guidance, wisdom, strength and justice. He knew God was the one who would carry out justice and vengeance in His way in His timing.

'I have not wronged you,

but you are hunting me down to take my life.

May my God judge between you and me.

And may my God avenge the wrongs you have done to me,

but my hand will not touch you.

As the old saying goes, 'From the evildoers come evil deeds,"

so my hands will not touch you.' (1 Samuel 24:11-13)

Then David refused to lay hands on his enemy, Saul, the second time even when the opportunity was presented to him.

'Who can lay a hand on the Lord's anointed and be guiltless?

As surely as the Lord lives, the Lord Himself will strike him,

or his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish.

But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on His anointed.' (1 Samuel 26:9-11)

In the end, God protected David and punished his enemies with justice. You can read the details of the stories in the books of Samuel. 

Visions from God regarding the future: The Coming Messiah

As David worshipped God, God revealed Himself to David, and let him see a vision for an amazing future: David would be an ancestor of the Seed of the Woman who would defeat Satan (2 Samuel 7:12-13), the Saviour of the world, a King, who would build and establish God’s Kingdom. This was far greater than what David could have imagined if he had taken things in his own hands when fighting his enemies. God saw the real enemy as Satan and sins, not only David's political and physical threat at the time.  

David wrote and expressed his love for God and prayers in very powerful worship songs called the Psalms ﺍﻟﻤﺰﺍﻣﻴﺮ. The Psalms also became prophesies pointing towards the coming of the Messiah and telling God's people how to recognize him:

  • He would call God his Father. (89:26)

  • He would be called the Son of God, and  He would establish an everlasting kingdom that would be for all peoples and nations and will last for eternity. (2:6-7)

  • He would speak to the people in parables. (78:1-2)

  • He would be rejected by his people the Jews. (118:22)

  • He would go to the altar of sacrifice greeted by people holding branches and shouting “blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD”. (118:26-7)

  • He would be hated without reason. (35:19)

  • There would be a plot hatched to kill him. (31:13)

  • He would be betrayed by a close friend. (41:9 & 55:12-14)

  • His friends would abandon him. (31:11 & 38:11)

  • He would be accused by false witnesses. (35:11)

  • He would pray for his enemies. (109:4)

  • At his death, he would be given gall and vinegar to drink. (69:21)

  • At his death none of his bones would be broken. (34:20)

  • He would rise from death. (16:10)

  • He would ascend to heaven. (68:18)

  • He would sit at the right hand of God and be the judge of all nations. (110:1-6)

David’s kingdom is a prophetic sign pointing towards this heavenly kingdom. This kingdom is in the spiritual realm, and all earthly political and military powers will subject to it. From God's revelations, we can see God understood all our physical suffering and emotional pain in our world. He planned to send the Messiah to defeat all sins and suffering.

Leaving justice to the God of justice

This was why David could see the glory and power of God and enjoy His peace even though he was surrounded by terrifying enemies who tried to destroy him. David knew he was not the one to seek revenge, but he looked up to God to deliver a much bigger, better plan. 

God said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay.

In due time their foot will slip;

their day of disaster is near

and their doom rushes upon them.”

The Lord will vindicate his people

and relent concerning his servants

when he sees their strength is gone

and no one is left, slave or free. (Deuteronomy ﺍﻟﺘﺜﻨﻴﺔ 32: 35-36)

Today, just like David, people who fear God can face many enemies who aim to destroy us through killings, corruption, political deceit, hatred and violence. But those who truly fear God know God is in control of all and He has heard our cry for his help. He will deliver in ways we cannot even imagine if we leave justice to His hands, as He has done numerous times for the prophets and His people in the stories we have read in His Word.

We face lots of political bloodshed and human disasters around us. God hates bloodshed and injustice even more than we do because He is a holy God. But He also sees far beyond these sufferings and evil. God is dealing with redeeming the sinful hearts of all mankind and our eternal salvation. This was why God revealed the coming Messiah to David and the salvation He can bring to all people who feared God. 

Learn more about the Psalms (Zabur) ﺍﻟﻤﺰﺍﻣﻴﺮ

Listen to God and Pray...

1. How can I see God's perspectives and His salvation plan when I'm suffering under violence, hatred and political turmoil? Will I surrender to Him and ask Him for His help in opening my eyes to see what He sees?

2. Do I deal with my enemies in God's way? Do I look up to God for His salvation for me?

3. Look at the list of characteristics of the coming Messiah God has revealed to David. What can we learn about God and His love for His people?

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