“…let him curse…It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”
2 Samuel 16.11-12
David’s life took a fateful turn when God delivered the consequences he would realize as a result of sleeping with Bathsheba; the sword would never depart from his house. (2 Sam. 12.7-15) While it didn’t take long for that promise to become reality, David didn’t allow his mind to be filled with more than what God had stated. Peace may have left his house, yet David’s confidence that God was with him never waivered.
This is never more apparent then when David was fleeing Jerusalem after his son, Absalom, made a move to become king in David’s place. As David and those still loyal to him hastened from Jerusalem to safety, Shimei confronted them with curses and stones. (2 Sam. 16.5-14) One of David’s officers was ready to kill Shimei for his impertinence, but David’s wisdom prevailed.
Because David was confident that God had not left him and that whatever God had planned would come to pass, he felt no need to defend himself. He even considered the idea that Shimei was cursing him because God had directed Shimei to do so.
As David was fleeing, he wrote what we know today as Psalm 3, evidence of his confidence in God’s continual presence with him.
But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill.
Additionally, the psalm records David’s recognition that God sustained him. There was no need to be afraid of thousands who would come after him. God would save David and strike down his enemies. God alone would bring salvation.
In the face of both the story and the psalm, a series of questions come to mind.
- What would it take to have David’s complete confidence in God no matter the circumstances?
- When I face injustice, can I release my own need to defend myself and trust that God will do so when His time is right?
- How confident am I that God will hear my prayers and answer from His holy hill?
David’s confidence was unshakable. God calls each of us to the same determined certainty. May this truth take deep root in your heart.