David is Honoured:
2 Samuel 23
13 During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” 16 So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord. 17 “Far be it from me, Lord, to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it.
Okay, if it was me, I’d drink the water if nothing else than out of politeness for the trouble they went to! But David sees what’s really happening here…
Perhaps one of the main reasons why David is so honoured in Scripture to the point of lending his name to the Saviour, the Son of David, is that David was always very clear who is God and who isn’t – and David was not God. For all David’s glaring faults, there is no hint of him ever dipping into idolatry. God is God, there is no other.
Yet David inspired such devotion in his men that they gladly risked their lives simply to get him a drink of water. He was such a man whose mere throw-away comments were taken so seriously that men would live and die by them (v15-16).
But here we see David’s clear sense that he was just a man and, military leader he may be, only God deserves devotion to death. God, not country or leader. He takes the sacrifice the men had made for him and offers that honour to God instead.
The reckless devotion of these men was not condemned, but honoured. But it was too much to do this for a mere human being. Instead, that reckless devotion to God is right and good. One New Testament verse springs to mind here:
Philippians 2:17-18: “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”
Paul’s devotion to Jesus is to pour himself out, recklessly giving his all, like the woman’s alabaster jar or perfume (Luke 7), a fragrant offering to Him who first loved us.
What can I do today that reflects that love and devotion to the only One who poured Himself out for me?