by John Barnett

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Three Lessons in How to Respond When Wronged by Others (14 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
I Samuel 25:1-44; Psalm 53, 7, 39

As we open to I Samuel 25 we are opening to David getting the opportunity to apply all the wonderful truths he has been learning. Just like the lessons we hear in Sunday School class are wonderful, but seem so different when we are actually out on the street witnessing, or on a missions trip.

So David finds that when God is at work in us it is not theoretical, it is real-time, daily life that the Lord wants to change in us. So to deepen the truths David learned at En Gedi in I Samuel 24, and make them a part of the fabric of David's life, the Lord allows David to get deeply wounded by Nabal in a business deal (I Samuel 25); and for Saul to start hunting David again (I Samuel 26).

First, David suffers the intense frustration when wronged in a business deal. David writes Psalms 14 first and then Psalm 53 later in life on-how to overcome the feelings of hurt when deeply wronged and wounded by someone in a business deal. In First Samuel 25, David faces the danger of bitterness toward Nabal "the fool". When God delivers him, David writes Psalms 14 and 53. The key to these Psalms is the word fool which in Hebrew is Nabal (which opens this Psalm and is used 17 times in the account of 1st Samuel 25).

David Was Wronged
In a Business Deal

Now listen to this inspired chapter God has sent us so we can see His grace is sufficient even for great financial loss and deep emotional pain.

1 Samuel 25:1-44 Then Samuel died; and the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah. And David arose and went down to the Wilderness of Paran. 2 Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. And s ...

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