Transformation Garden - Jan. 10, 2010

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"And when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, David took a lyre and played it; so Saul was refreshed and became well, and the evil spirit left him."
I Samuel 16: 23, Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION

"Heavenly Peace"

"Thou wilt keep (her) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because (she) trusteth in Thee.  Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength." 
Isaiah 26: 3-4, K.J.V.

Do I need God's heavenly peace to fill my life today?

Have I invited God's Spirit to fill my life everyday?

"I take Thee for my Peace, O Lord, 
My heart to keep and fill; 
Thine own great calm 
Amid earth's storms,  
Shall keep me always still, 
And as Thy kingdom doth increase, 
So shall Thine ever-deepening peace." 
Annie w. Marston 
Joy and Strength

INSPIRATION

Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." 
John 14: 27, King James Version

As we continue our examination of I Samuel 16, we find that once King Saul chose to reject God's presence, another presence took over.  It has always bothered me to read the passage from I Samuel 16: 14-23.  In just ten verses, four times the Bible states that an "evil spirit from God" came upon Saul.  Reading this I asked myself, "Did God intentionally send evil upon Saul?"  However, the Bible clearly states in Lamentations 3: 33,(Amplified Bible) "For (He) God does not willingly and from His heart afflict or grieve the children of men."  The assurance in these words led me to do more research and study and from many sources I found that the consensus appears to be one that coincides with Jesus' own words - we can't be fence riders trying to serve two masters.  When the Spirit of God left Saul, by his own choice, an evil spirit took over and brought great unrest into the life of Saul.  Exactly what this "unrest" was we aren't told, however in a few chapters we'll find that an out-of-control Saul let his runaway anger take over to the point where he threw a spear at David.

This fact brings us back to the scene that is the last text in I Samuel 16.  David was invited to come to the court of Saul to bring a spirit of restful peace into this turbulent environment.  David, up to this time in his life, had been keeping watch over his father's flocks in the tranquil serenity of nature.  Out in the open air, under heaven's unending sky, David began to communicate with his heavenly Father as he gazed on the glory displayed around him.  And it was from this environment where David learned that the peace his Father offered His children washes away the restlessness that unsettles our lives moment by moment.  So with his lyre, David brought the Spirit of Heaven into the tumult of earth.

As I read this story, an entirely new thought came to me than when I first started studying. We are told in I Samuel 16: 17, 18 that Saul told his servants, "find me a man who plays well and bring him to me."  And here's the interesting thing, verse 18 says, "One of the young men said, ‘I have seen a son of Jesse who plays skillfully.'"

It seems David's reputation for soothing music was well known.  This is why he was called to help relieve the unrest within the palace walls.

Here's my thought from this passage.  Would you and I be the first people our friends and family called if they needed someone to bring a spirit of heavenly peace into their lives? 

Way too often, we as Christians think that like Peter, we should take up the sword and fight when in fact, we need to remember David in Saul's court.  The soothing spirit in the presence of the savage spirit.  The heavenly Spirit of peace in the presence of the earthly spirit of turmoil. May you and I always choose to be the ones who take up the lyre and sing with rejoicing as we bring heaven's song of peace to a world in crisis.

The story is told of two painters who were asked to illustrate their concept of restful peace.

The first painter chose to convey the idea of peace by painting a lone, still lake, set among the mountains.

The second painter chose instead to paint a thundering waterfall, with a fragile birch tree bending over the foam; and at the fork of the branch, almost wet with the water's spray, sat a robin on its nest.  As one author noted, heaven's restful peace is not a "hallowed feeling that comes over us just in church; it is the repose of a heart set deep in God."  This is the spirit I want to fill my heart.  How about you?

AFFIRMATION

Constantly Abiding 

"There's a peace in my heart that the world never gave, 
A peace it cannot take away; 
Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud, 
I've a peace that has come there to stay! 
All the world seemed to sing of a Savior and King, 
When peace sweetly came to my heart; 
Troubles all fled away and my night to day, 
Blessed Jesus, how glorious Thou art!" 
Mrs. Will L. Murphy 
Melodies of Praise 

Your friend, 
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus 
Dorothy@Transformationgarden.com

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