When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.” Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord‘s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.” So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way. I Samuel 24:1-7 ESV
[Jesus said:] “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 ESV
In the United States and in some other countries, when a new president is elected, the old president still has a little time to serve in office. The old president may have lost the election and for the last couple of months in office won’t have the power to do very much. But person who was elected is not the president until inauguration day. Until then, the old president is still in office. Because the old president doesn’t have much power, he or she is sometimes called a lame duck.
Saul was a lame duck king. God had rejected him and chosen David to be the next king. But David recognized that Saul was still God’s anointed king, and he knew he didn’t have the right to kill Saul. His men had a different opinion. When Saul was in their power, they thought it was God’s will for David to kill him. But David trusted God to put him on the throne at the right time. He refused to take the throne for himself. He even felt guilty for cutting off a piece of Saul’s royal robe.
David waited for God to act for him, instead of taking action for himself. We also need God to act for us. When it comes to having our sins forgiven and life forever with God, we can’t act for ourselves. Only God can help us. He helped us by sending Jesus to be our Savior. Jesus is the true anointed one, the one God set apart to die in our place on the cross and win forgiveness for us. Because of Jesus, we know God is with us to help us and bless us every day.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus and anointing him to be our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.