Reading today from 1 Samuel 29 – 31…
“Then said David, ‘Ye shall not do so, my brethren, with that which the LORD hath given us, who hath preserved us, and delivered the company that came against us into our hand…” 1 Samuel 30:23 (KJB)
David and his men had returned to their home and discovered the city of Ziklag had been attacked, ransacked, and burned. Their wives and children had been taken by the Amelekites as slaves probably. There was much distress and anger among David’s men, even to the point of thinking of stoning David. David himself was very discouraged and he encouraged himself in the LORD (30:6).
David and his army pursue the pillaging bunch and take back what belongs to them, rescue their wives and children, then return to those who were unable to go in pursuit due to weariness.
When David and his troops return with more stuff than what they had had taken they (the wicked and worthless v. 22) did not want to share the spoils with those who had stayed behind. Our Scripture verse above is David’s answer to that problem.
When we became a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, through faith in Jesus through the death, burial, and resurrection; all who receive Him receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He is Christ in us. He is the earnest (down payment) of something bigger and better yet to come (Ephesians 1:13-14). We also receive the gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; Ephesians 4:7-16).
We have received, been given, these gifts. We do not deserved them. We do not earn them; neither can we. Jesus fought the battle on the cross. He delivered us, and He claimed the spoils of the war. It is the LORD’S deliverance.