This morning I want to share a wonderful writing from the blog of my children. As their whole blog reflects an intense and dedicated journey in their spiritual life, it proofs the fact that seeking His heart is the guaranty of a fast work promised in Amos 9:13 Hear this! The days are coming– this is the LORD’s declaration– when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the one who treads grapes, the sower of seed. The mountains will drip with sweet wine, and all the hills will flow with it.!
Culture of honor
Sometimes we need to just pause for second, close our eyes and try to become the person we read about. Imagine going from being a normal working young adult, to being contacted by one of the highest authorities in the land that tells you that you will become king, than being contacted by the king himself and serve him as a friend, then becoming the one that goes out in the name of the king, to then all of a sudden being cast out by the same king, being hunted by every police officer in the country and having a death penalty on your head… How would your feelings toward this king be? What words would you treasure in your heart towards him? How would you react when he stood before you?
This story is exactly what happened to David. He went from shepherd to anointed one, from servant of the king to commander over his armies, and than being nearly killed by a spear and hunted for the next years by the same king. He lost everything he had, lived in caves, had to flee, left behind his best friend and everyone that helped him seemed to get killed by Saul (1 Samuel 22:6-23).
So why all this story, and what has it to do with honor? I have heard a few explanations of what honor is. One of my favorites is: “Honor is loving someone for who he is, without stumbling about who he is not”. It means looking at what is, and not what is not, the good and not the bad, the potential and not the failure. I think David takes this to the highest level.
While hunting David, Saul takes a break to ‘do his need’ in a cave. Unknowingly and without any security around him, he walks right into the cave were David and his men are hiding in. It seems as the perfect moment for David to go for revenge and take the life of Saul. He knew he was in his right, he knew the kingdom would become his, and he could have ended his life as a fugitive right there. So why not? His friend even encourages him, saying: …Then the man of David said to him, “this is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand, that you may do to him as it seems good to you’… (1 Samuel 24:4).
But than the true meaning of a lifestyle and the foundation of a culture of honor is displayed by David, as he answers his friend and says: …The Lord forbid that I should do this to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to put my hand out against him, when he is the anointed of the Lord… (1 Samuel 24:6).
No ‘claiming rights’, no anger, no self-righteousness, no good and bad, none of all these things… No, David’s choice is Honor. I believe there a a few things about David that made him so highly favored with God as he was, and among these few things are ‘A heart of worship’, ‘ A heart of repentance’ and ‘A lifestyle of honor’.
Later on in the story we read how David spares Saul a second time and how he blesses and honor those who took care of Saul after his death. Also David is very clear in his dealings toward dishonor, as he kills the man that killed Saul and later one writes …When one told me, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking he was bringing good news, I seized and slew him in Ziklag who expected me to give him a reward for his news… (2 Samuel 4:10).
Today I came home very tired and went through a lot of mourning in my heart about the status of so many of the children I work with. I got so confronted with the culture of the children, their ways and how far of they are from a pure and honorable life with God, that in the car I just cried out to God. I understood better the words of Jaye Thomas his song, when he sings: How long, till you come, to Jerusalem… I just want to see the restoration of family and this generation, to see his ways coming to earth and the lies of Satan broken. One way we will hasten this process is to once again build a culture of honor. In 2 Samuel 1:17–27 we read that David instructs all the people to teach their children the ‘Song of the bow’. The song is a song of honor to Saul and his son Jonathan. And this is what we ones again have to do, to teach our children songs of honor, and built a lifestyle of honor back in the generation.