“And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD” (Psalm 27:6 NAS).
In her wonderful and empowering speech at the democratic convention in Philadelphia this past July 2016, the First Lady, Michelle Obama talked about her girls when they were seven and ten, and how she and the President were shaping them to deal with the cruel and hateful language of a bully. She told them “when they go low we go high.” In other words, don’t allow their words or actions to contaminate, or change your thinking from that which you know is right, good and true.
We must rise above bullies and the bullying spirit. Now it’s not easy to deal with a bully, especially when there is a domestic situation. Some of those issues can become volatile and may require legal intervention. By the way, domestic disputes are not always a man abusing a woman, but a variety of things and combinations.
In today’s text, David was being bullied by King Saul, a man of faith and authority. Saul did not like David’s popularity…”The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands” (1 Samuel 18:7 NAS). Some bullies are bothered by your success and want to destroy you (i.e. President Obama).
Unfortunately, your anointing don’t stop the bullying. Matter of fact, your anointing frustrates the bully. David was constantly harassed by Saul… “Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on” (1 Samuel 18:9 NAS). It was awesome for David to be anointed by Samuel (I Samuel 16) and then anointed by the people (2 Samuel 2), but it didn’t happen right away. In the in between time, there was trouble and bullying from Saul. You and I have to stop living in a fantasy world. Trouble will come, but it doesn’t last always.
According to 1 Samuel 21:1-10, David was a fugitive. He was exiled and had to be helped by the priest, Ahimelech…”David went on his way and Jonathan returned to town. David went to Nob, to Ahimelech the Priest. Ahimelech was alarmed as he went out to greet David: “What are you doing here all by yourself–and not a soul with you”(1 Samuel 21: 1 MSG). David found solace and peace with the priest in tabernacle and he composed this song or psalm…Psalm 27….”For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock…And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me” (Psalm 27:5-6). In essence, when Saul started bullying (going low), God took David higher above his enemies.
So, when you encounter hatred or bullying…when they go low you go higher.
Lord, this is a hard place to be in and at times it can cause me a sense of fear, but you Father did not give me a spirt of fear, but of love, power and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). So help me Father to stay in control. Help me not to seek ways to get even or hold a grudge (see Leviticus 19:18). Help me to remain calm and to put on the whole armor of God so I am able to withstand the taunts and tricks of my enemies (see Ephesians 6:11). Lord, because I strive daily to be more like you, I will follow your example to love and pray for my enemies (see Matthew 5:44). You are my help oh God, and worthy of all praise even in the midst of being bullied. So Lord, I will call on your help and trust that you will save me from my enemies. Amen.
God’s Peace and Good Journey!