David: a share in God’s blessing

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Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31:13

Focus: 1 Samuel 30:21-25

At a concert, there is a lot of work that goes on to put on a great show. More than just the conductor and the musicians, there is the sound technicians, the stage team, the lighting team, etc. Yet, does that diminish the work of the background crews because they aren’t the ones producing the music for the enjoyment of the audience? Not at all, their role, in the scheme of things, enhances the experience of the concert for all to enjoy and without them would not be the same. Each plays a role in the concert experience. Does that mean that they don’t get a share of the profits since they weren’t the ones people paid to see? Well, it makes no sense to our minds, indeed, all those involved share in the profits of the sales.

During a time David and his men were away from their settlement, it was raided by Amalekites and their wives, children and belongings were taken. Upon their return and discovery, David set out after them, after consulting with God. Along the way, some of his men were too tired to continue and stayed behind to watch the group’s possessions. When they finally met with the raiding camp, they defeated them and returned to the other men, they voiced that those that did not fight should not share in the plunder. David, however, instituted that all involved, regardless of their role, should receive their share, for their success and plunder was God’s blessing to them.

The church community should be a place where each person’s contribution is valued. While we may not receive material reimbursement for our efforts, we do give respect and honour to those involved. However, it is often those who are visible who get all the honours and those who helped in the background are often forgotten. What about the ushers? The Sunday school teachers? The cleaners? The AV (audio & visual) guys? What about all those and I’ve even forgotten some…each deserves the respect and honour for the part that they play.
To all those who have been neglected and short-changed of recognition, cheers to you! And thank you for your part you play.

Next Reading: 1 Chronicles 10:1-10:14