Bible Studies for Life Lesson for July 25- The Power of Loyalty
July 14 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: 1 Samuel 24:20-22; 26:1-2, 7-12, 21-25

“What is desired in a man is loyalty…” (Pro. 19:22a, RSV). Loyalty — now there’s a word you don’t hear used a lot these days. In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, it almost sounds like a word from days gone by, doesn’t it? Oh, there’s loyalty in the realm of sports, where fans proudly wear their team’s colors. And some die-hard fans even paint their faces or bodies to show where their loyalties lie!

But the loyalty David showed to Saul demonstrates a different level of commitment.

Twice in these passages David spared Saul’s life — even though Saul was relentlessly pursuing David in order to kill him.

After refusing to take Saul’s life in a cave in the Desert of En Gedi, David was grief-stricken for even cutting off a corner of Saul’s robe. He said, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord” (24:6 NIV).

And again David refused to take the life of King Saul when he and Abishai entered Saul’s camp and found Saul and his army asleep and completely vulnerable to attack.

When Abishai challenged David to kill Saul, David replied, “Don’t destroy him. Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless” (26:9 NIV)?

In all of this, David demonstrated loyalty first of all to God — by refusing to kill one whom God had anointed as king. Secondly, David showed loyalty to Saul — respecting Saul’s position as God’s chosen king.

Where did David find this level of loyalty? In his love for God and in his desire to be obedient to God’s word, David wrote, “I will sing of loyalty and justice; to thee, O Lord, I will sing. I will give heed to the way that is blameless” (Ps. 101:1-2a RSV).

If we are to experience the power and blessings of loyalty that David did, we, too, need to base our loyalty on our love for God and obedience to His word.

Stop and take inventory of your own life. How loyal are you in the following areas?
  • Loyalty to God (Ex. 20:3)
  • Loyalty to spouse (Ex. 20:14)
  • Loyalty to friends (Prov. 17:17)
  • Loyalty to the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
  • Loyalty to your job (Col. 3:23)
“The Lord rewards every man for his righteousness and faithfulness” (26:23, NIV). God rewarded David for his loyalty and faithfulness — and He will reward you, too.  
7/14/2010 3:34:00 AM by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church | with 0 comments




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