David’s Mercy & Self-Control

November 5, 2023 Speaker: Tim Rice Series: 1 Samuel

Passage: 1 Samuel 24:1-22

Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Samuel 24:4 (ESV)

And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

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INTRO: How much restraint could you exercise if your enemy was in your hand?

How can we define an enemy and how are we called to trust the LORD in our response to them?

What comes out of you in the presence of your enemies?

How was Saul shamed by David’s integrity and humbled?


1. Worship the LORD who is merciful and gracious. Praise God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for His sovereign goodness and miraculous kindness to redeem people like us when we have been His enemies.

2. How have you lived expediently, giving yourself over to pragmatism and self-interest? Confess your unbelief to Jesus asking Him to forgive you for doubting His goodness and persuade you of His trustworthiness.

3. Give thanks to Jesus for His restraint to not destroy you in your sin. Thank Him for bearing the wrath you deserve and for empowering you to be able to love your enemies (as He has loved you when you were His enemy).

4. Who do you know that is defined by bitterness or desire for revenge? Ask the Lord to help them and to soften their heart to trust in His providence rather than to live bitterly or with a heart of vengeance.

5. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to find such joy and delight in God’s mercy to you that it fills you with an eagerness to love others, even those who may mistreat you. Pray for the Spirit’s fruit of love!

Looking Back

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