A Genuine Love ~ After the Wedding Bells
Saul couldn’t leave well enough alone. Even her brother Jonathan tried to smooth things over asking Saul not to kill his friend. Instead of embracing and loving his new son-in-law, his jealousy and rage spun out of control. He had David’s home surrounded and had given his men orders to kill him. Fear was riding on Saul’s back. Michal found out her father was still plotting the demise of her husband. She had to think quickly of a way to protect her husband. She informed David of her father's plans and convinced him he had to flee. Michal lowered David out of the window. She decided not to go with him, surely her staying behind would buy time. When the soldiers came looking for David, she was one step ahead of them. Michal had placed teraphim (clay figurines used to represent household spirits) under the covers to make it appear as if David was in the bed. She told the soldiers David was ill and in bed. They informed Saul of Michal’s report. Knowing how much his daughter loved this man, he was not convinced by the story. Now he was really in an uproar and had it out for David. He told the soldiers to go back and return David to him. They get there and find out she had outsmarted them, and David was long gone.
Saul full of rage demanded answers. He wanted to know how his very own daughter could betray him. She knew her father was angry, and she had to protect herself from his rage. During those times women weren’t respected. As we saw, Saul wasn’t concerned about her as much as he was about protecting his throne. So, Michal told him she thought David was going to kill her and that’s why she helped him escape.
Michal showed great strength and courage. Would you have that type of courage and strength to risk placing yourself in danger for someone you love?
Song of Solomon 8:6-8
“6-8a Hang my locket around your neck,
wear my ring on your finger.
Love is invincible facing danger and death.
Passion laughs at the terrors of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing—
it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can’t drown love,
torrents of rain can’t put it out.
Love can’t be bought; love can’t be sold—
it’s not to be found in the marketplace.
My brothers used to worry about me”
Saul showed he wasn’t obedient to God. He also showed he placed his jealousy, fear, and rage before his own daughter. Did your heart empathize with Michal?
God most definitely protected and covered David. If Michal hadn’t taken the risk of helping him escape, David could have been killed.
Psalm 46:1 (ESV)
“1God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
This is a great example of why we need to stay in close relationship with God. When we are truly connected with Him, we know there’s nothing for us to be jealous about, there’s nothing or no one for us to fear. “Refrain from anger and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil” Psalm 37:8 (ESV). We know “do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good” Romans 12:21.
Even when we must stand up for someone and do the right thing risking our own life, remember God stands right by us. He will protect you. There’s nothing to even worry about, because God will not allow harm to come your way. Should you feel danger, retaliation and anything harmful is going to come to you when you rightfully take action to protect someone from the wrath of someone’s disdain, call on God. In Jeremiah 1:19 we are told “they will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Always hold to “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
1 Samuel 19:11-23
Michal Saves David’s Life
11 Then Saul sent troops to watch David’s house. They were told to kill David when he came out the next morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t escape tonight, you will be dead by morning.” 12So she helped him climb out through a window, and he fled and escaped. 13Then she took an idol and put it in his bed, covered it with blankets, and put a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.
14When the troops came to arrest David, she told them he was sick and couldn’t get out of bed.
15But Saul sent the troops back to get David. He ordered, “Bring him to me in his bed so I can kill him!” 16But when they came to carry David out, they discovered that it was only an idol in the bed with a cushion of goat’s hair at its head.
17“Why have you betrayed me like this and let my enemy escape?” Saul demanded of Michal.
“I had to,” Michal replied. “He threatened to kill me if I didn’t help him.”
18So David escaped and went to Ramah to see Samuel, and he told him all that Saul had done to him. Then Samuel took David with him to live at Naioth. 19When the report reached Saul that David was at Naioth in Ramah, 20he sent troops to capture him. But when they arrived and saw Samuel leading a group of prophets who were prophesying, the Spirit of God came upon Saul’s men, and they also began to prophesy. 21When Saul heard what had happened, he sent other troops, but they, too, prophesied! The same thing happened a third time. 22Finally, Saul himself went to Ramah and arrived at the great well in Secu. “Where are Samuel and David?” he demanded.
“They are at Naioth in Ramah,” someone told him.
23But on the way to Naioth in Ramah the Spirit of God came even upon Saul, and he, too, began to prophesy all the way to Naioth! 24He tore off his clothes and lay naked on the ground all day and all night, prophesying in the presence of Samuel. The people who were watching exclaimed, “What? Is even Saul a prophet?”
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1I trust in the Lord for protection.
So why do you say to me,
“Fly like a bird to the mountains for safety!
2The wicked are stringing their bows
and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings.
They shoot from the shadows
at those whose hearts are right.
3The foundations of law and order have collapsed.
What can the righteous do?”
4But the Lord is in his holy Temple;
the Lord still rules from heaven.
He watches everyone closely,
examining every person on earth.
5The Lord examines both the righteous and the wicked.
He hates those who love violence.
6He will rain down blazing coals and burning sulfur on the wicked,
punishing them with scorching winds.
7For the righteous Lord loves justice.
The virtuous will see his face.
For the choir director: A Psalm of David, regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David’s house in order to kill him. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1Rescue me from my enemies, O God.
Protect me from those who have come to destroy me.
2Rescue me from these criminals;
save me from these murderers.
3They have set an ambush for me.
Fierce enemies are out there waiting, Lord,
though I have not sinned or offended them.
4I have done nothing wrong,
yet they prepare to attack me.
Wake up! See what is happening and help me!
5O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel,
wake up and punish those hostile nations.
Show no mercy to wicked traitors. Interlude
6They come out at night,
snarling like vicious dogs
as they prowl the streets.
7Listen to the filth that comes from their mouths;
their words cut like swords.
“After all, who can hear us?” they sneer.
8But Lord, you laugh at them.
You scoff at all the hostile nations.
9You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
11Don’t kill them, for my people soon forget such lessons;
stagger them with your power, and bring them to their knees,
O Lord our shield.
12Because of the sinful things they say,
because of the evil that is on their lips,
let them be captured by their pride,
their curses, and their lies.
13Destroy them in your anger!
Wipe them out completely!
Then the whole world will know
that God reigns in Israel. Interlude
14My enemies come out at night,
snarling like vicious dogs
as they prowl the streets.
15They scavenge for food
but go to sleep unsatisfied.
16But as for me, I will sing about your power.
Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.
For you have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
17O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for you, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.
Written By: TeeCee (TikTok: @for.unitee ; IG: @morninglovewithteecee)
Edited By: L. Laney (TikTok & IG: thepurposefilled_teacher)
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