In this world there is no shortage of troublemakers - do not follow them.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 7:14 The wicked conceive evil; they are pregnant with trouble and give birth to lies. 15 They dig a deep pit to trap others, then fall into it themselves. 16 The trouble they make for others backfires on them. The violence they plan falls on their own heads. 17 I will thank the LORD because he is just; I will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Read - 2 Samuel 20:1-26, Psalm 7
David is now betrayed by another upstart with plans to have his own kingdom. It is maddening to see how fickle Israel’s follower-ship is…they will follow most anyone who says they are a leader. We can learn from this! God is not a God of confusion. Let him speak on your direction and then follow consistently.
David’s troops pursue this troublemaker and begin a siege against his town. A woman of peace saves the town by wisely giving over the man (his head) to these mighty men. By giving up the one she saved many. Peace often carries a price we are unwilling to pay until we find that war carries a much greater price.
Lord, may I be a person of peace!
David calls for God to ‘wake up’ in Psalm 7. He actually does not sleep. See Psalm 121:4. However, He does rest in that he ceases activity like on the 7th day of Creation. David is calling for God to engage in an area that he currently doesn’t see Him at work.
One of the greatest benefits of our Mending by Christ is that we are seen and declared to be righteous to God. This means we are in ‘right standing’ with Him and our sin no longer keeps us from a relationship with Him. David cried in Psalm 7 to be declared righteous over his enemies. He was asking for God to see him as righteous in this singular incident whereas Jesus gives us righteousness that covers all - past, present and future.