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Let Him Curse

March 24, 2019

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Let Him Curse

One of the saddest times  in King David’s life  was when his own son,  Absalom,  wanted to kill him,  so that he could be king,  instead of his father.     When David found out  about the plot against him,  he and those with him  left the city,  instead of staying and fighting.

As David  and his followers  made their way  through the country,  a man named Shimei came  and started following them — cursing them continually  and throwing stones  at David and his followers.     He had no respect  for the fact that David was the Lord’s anointed one  as king of Israel.

One of David’s soldiers wanted  to kill Shimei  for tormenting King David  with constant curses.     But,  David’s response stopped him.     In 2 Samuel 16:10-12,  David said,

If he curses,  and if the LORD has told him,  ‘Curse David,’  then who shall say,  ‘Why have you done so?’ …….Behold,  my son who came out  from me  seeks my life;  how much more now  this Benjamite?     Let him alone  and let him curse,  for the LORD has told him.

Perhaps the LORD  will look on my affliction  and return good to me  instead of his cursing  this day.

David realized that even when people are spitefully and unreasonably being nasty and cruel,  everything is still  in God’s hands.     The fact  that his own son,  Absalom,  was after him  to kill him  was another sorrow  that David had to entrust God with.     He didn’t want  to fight his own son.     And,  the pain  of having his beloved son  hate him enough  to want to kill him  was a sorrow  that cannot be described.

God’s children need  to have the same attitude  when others are being unduly unkind.     It is as  Proverbs 26:2  says,

Like a sparrow  in its flitting,  like a swallow  in its flying,    
So a curse  without a cause  does not alight.

Our Lord does not let such cursing come true — no matter what they might say.     We are under God’s tender care and so long as we desire  to be pleasing  in God’s sight  and put our faith  in Him alone,  we don’t have to be concerned  about anyone else’s hatefulness.

Instead,  we can honor and praise our Creator,  Lord,  and  Redeemer,  just because  everything is  in His hands  and He already knows  our whole situation.

As we rest  in God’s tender care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Thank You,  LORD,  for watching over me  every moment  of every day.    Your love  in Jesus Christ  is everlasting,  and by it  we are most blessed.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
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How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
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Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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