Today we continue in 1 Samuel 18, looking at another group of women who were used in a mighty way, but not in the way anyone expected. 

David was a young shepherd boy, the youngest of his family, but when he saw the way the Israelites were scared of Goliath, the Philistine giant, he couldn’t stand around and do nothing. We all know the story of how he killed Goliath with his rock and a slingshot. 

As a result of his success, Saul sent him on many more military missions. David proved to me a mighty warrior who was well liked by all the people. In fact, he and Jonathan bonded in a special way, and even Saul’s servants grew to adore David. Of course, you can imagine the effect all of this might have on a king who dealt with insecurities. 

One day as David was returning home from defeating Philistines, the women in the cities gathered in the streets, singing and dancing with tabrets or tambourines and other musical instruments. They danced around singing, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”

I’m sure they meant well. They were celebrating David’s successes. But their well meaning words cut to the heart of Saul. From that day on, Saul became an enemy of David, determined to keep him from taking over the throne.

What about you? Have you ever said anything with good intentions that wasn’t taken the way you meant? Have you ever blurted out something then wished you could take back your words? 

Good or bad, words impact others. We need to always be careful of what we say, and how we say it.

Lord God, thank You for this reminder of how critical it is that we think before we speak. Forgive us those times we speaking without thinking. Give us wisdom in all that we speak, Guide us in knowing when to speak out and when to remain silent. May our words always bring glory to You. In Christ’s name. Amen.