I Samuel 26:17-25; Saul knew David’s voice and said, “Is that your voice, David my son?”
David answered, “Yes, it is my voice, my lord the king. Sir, why are you chasing me? What wrong have I done? What am I guilty of? My lord the king, listen to me. If the Lord caused you to be angry with me, let him accept an offering. But if men caused you to be angry with me, I ask the Lord to curse them because they forced me to leave the land that the Lord gave me and told me to go serve other gods.20 Now don’t make me die far away from the Lord’s presence. The king of Israel has come out looking for a flea. You are like a man hunting partridges in the mountains.”
Then Saul said, “David, my son! I have sinned. Come back. Today you showed me that my life is important to you, so I won’t try to hurt you. I have acted foolishly. I have made a big mistake.”
David answered, “Here is the king’s spear. Let one of your young men come here and get it. TheLord pays every man for what he does—he rewards him if he does right, and he punishes him if he does wrong. The Lord gave you to me today, but I wouldn’t harm the Lord’s chosen king. Today I showed you that your life is important to me. In the same way the Lord will show that my life is important to him. He will save me from every trouble.”
Then Saul said to David, “God bless you, David my son. You will do great things and you will win.”
David went on his way, and Saul went back home.
“Today I showed you that your life is important to me. In the same way the Lord will show that my life is important to him. He will save me from every trouble.” Even when he was unjustly accused, exiled from his country, when his own men argued to kill the king, David showed value and honored him.
Honor isn’t just forkings, honor is for everyone, not just for those in authority over you. If you honor others above yourself, you will also be honored. I’ve seen husbands take an upper hand with their wives, treat them as if they didn’t know anything, devalued them front of others, and I lost respect for them. I’ve seen others who have publicly built up their wives and gave them extreme favor, it caused me to respect them and see them in a different light. I’ve also seen the hand of God move to protect and provide for those who live giving honor.
He honored us by seating us in heavenly places, a place we didn’t deserve or earn. He honors us with his Holy Spirit, who leads us into all truth. What a gift of honor God has freely bestowed on us. He honors us with long life and shows us His salvation.
Father, again I am in awe at the great honor you’ve given me. I hear you say, “This is my daughter and I love her.” “This is my daughter and I’m so proud of her.” It’s what I say to others when I talk of my own children and grandchildren, why would you be any different. Thank you for allowing me to crawl up on your lap every morning just to talk. Thank you for giving me the best husband and daughters, the best family. Thank you for your provision, for giving me a future and a hope, lavishing me with your affection. I woke up this morning. I crawled out of a warm bed, took a hot shower, drank some hot coffee. I was kissed by my husband and by you. Thank you. Today, help me to show that same honor to others, even those who don’t do anything to deserve it. To treat them with respect and lavish your love on them, that they in turn would do it to others. It’s in your name I pray, Amen.