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Band on the Run

  • Yahweh, how my adversaries have increased! Many are those who rise up against me. Many there are who say of my soul, "There is no help for him in God." Selah. But you, Yahweh, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. Psalms 3:1-3 WEB.

    David wrote these words while on the run from his son Absalom. He plotted to kill David and become the king in his place. Almost everyone David knew turned against him and sided with Absalom. David had to leave town and hide, even though he was the rightful king of Israel (2 Samuel 15:14). In short, David's life fell apart overnight, and his own family sought to kill him.

    Sadly, David had earned this. His own actions had brought it on him. David had previously had an affair with a beautiful woman named Bathsheba while her husband was away in the army. She became pregnant. So, David had her husband Uriah killed in battle to cover it up, then he married Bathsheba. It looked like a pious act. The generous king taking in a poor pregnant widow whose husband had been killed in battle, but God knew the truth.

    The Lord sent Nathan the prophet to confront David about it in 2 Samuel 12:11: "This is what Yahweh says: "Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did this secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun." Three chapters later, it all happened. David was on the run, and someone else was with his wives.

    It was during this time that David wrote Psalms 3. David and his band of followers were on the run, but they continued to praise God and even wrote songs about it. David wrote that God was a shield about him to protect him from harm, even though there were thousands of people chasing him at the time. The Lord was his glory (splendor, honor, and wealth), and the Lord lifted (exalted) his head. Though David had earned this hardship, God was still with him, and He did protect him from harm.

    David recognized that his promotion did not come from man, and neither would his demotion come from a man. David trusted that the Lord would resolve it, and He did. While pursuing David, Absalom got his head caught in the fork of a tree and came to a quick ending (2 Samuel 18:9). God used a simple unmoving tree to bring down the prideful Absalom.

    Even if you have rightfully earned what you are going through, continue your relationship with God. Learn the attitude of David. Sing praises to His name, and it will invite His presence into your situation, especially when times are bad. Give the problems over to God and know that He will make things right. He will protect you through it and exalt you in due time. Our promotion comes from the Lord, and no one can take it away unless He allows it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I put my trust in You today. My life is in Your hands, and You are in control of what happens to me. No one has the power to snatch me from Your hand. Please fulfill Your will in my life. Guide me, teach me, speak to me, and through me today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Praise the Lord Hallelujah! Thank you for the devotional today.....
Apr 14
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

I laid down at 4:10 pm and woke up at 3:30am..

I'm tired, weary...I know God is with me...

Thank You,

Apr 14
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

The Lord gives rest to the weary, dear Sharon, you are His child and He loves you!!! "Numbers 6:24-26"

Apr 14
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank Youi Lisa for your Prayers..

Jimmy is just a friend of known for

some years helping him along in life.

I keep telling him one day at a time, to

just get well.

Apr 15
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Good advice, Sharon! (L)   "One day at a time, sweet Jesus" (8)

Apr 15
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

I am praying with you Sharon for a complete healing for Jimmy. May the Lord give him strength and peace. Amen.

Apr 14
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank You...   :)

Apr 15
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Continuing to pray with you, Sharon, for Jimmy. May the Lord heal, protect, and bless him. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name, Amen

Apr 14
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonardedited: Apr 15

Thank You...   :)

Apr 15
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Prayers for you and Jimmy, dear Sharon, prayers for healing of body, soul, mind and spirit, may the Lord wrap His loving and protective arms round about you both, may He give you the peace knowing that all will be well in the Father's house, for it is in the holy name of Jesus Christ that we ask and pray, Amen and Amen!!!

Apr 14
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Barbara Jackson
Barbara Jackson

Amen, Thank you Father GOD; for encouraging me to keep going.

Apr 14
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen. Good morning everyone :)

Apr 14
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father

Apr 14
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Apr 14
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen,  thank you Lord!!!

Apr 14
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN. Heavenly Father,  Thank You for being in my life. My guide, my strength, my everything. AMEN

Apr 14
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Apr 14
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus,we trust you and our plan.We love and worship you. Amen 

Apr 14
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 14
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Your will be done.

Apr 14
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for your mercy and GRACE Please mold me into the man you want me to be in Jesus'name I pray amen.

Apr 14
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thank you for the reminder of God's shield about me today, Pastor Dion! I need these reminders!  Lord, please fulfill Your will in my life. Guide me, teach me, speak to me today. Thank you. Amen

Apr 14
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for keeping a shield in front of me a sinner for my protection, speak to me and through me, walk with me and lead me to be who You wants me to be. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen. Lord, don't leave and forsake me, Amen. 

Pastor thank you for this reminder, we must trust the Lord always. God bless you and Sylvia, Amen. 

Apr 14
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God my only hope is you. Amen

Apr 14
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Jasmine Montes
Jasmine Montes

What an interesting and insightful devotional. Thank you! Amen. 

Apr 14
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Apr 14
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 14
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen!

Apr 14
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask,Amen. 

Apr 15
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

I put my trust in you Father God lead me to all you have for me.

Apr 18