Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Turn away from evil! Do what is right! Then you will enjoy lasting security. For the Lord promotes justice, and never abandons his faithful followers. They are permanently secure, but the children of evil men are wiped out. Psalm 37.27-28
This psalm was written by David, who became king of Israel after Saul. After he was anointed by Samuel, he entered into the service of the king. Saul persecuted David for some time and even tried to kill him more than once. However, David always respected Saul for being the king.
1 Samuel 24 relates an occasion that Saul was hunting David to kill him, even though he had done nothing to deserve the punishment. Saul had entered a cave to relieve himself. David and his men were hidden at the back of the cave. David crept up and cut off an edge of Saul’s robe. Afterward, with his conscience bothering him, David would not allow his men to hurt Saul. The king left the cave unharmed. After Saul had started down the road, David came out of the cave and called to him reassuring him that he was not planning evil against Saul.
David did turn away from evil, for the most part, and did what was right. He served as king of Israel for forty years and the kingdom did well under his guidance.