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QUIET TIME #4 – STRENGTH: DAVID AND SAUL


Today you will have the opportunity to connect with the Lord in four different ways. Try as many as you would like. They are:

READ
LISTEN
SILENCE
JOURNAL

BEFORE YOU START, PREPARE YOUR HEART

  • Ask the Lord to reveal something to you as you spend time with him today.
  • Confess any sins that could hinder you time with Him.
  • Thank the Lord for something that is a blessing in your life.

READ THIS PASSAGE

1 Samuel 24:1-20

After Saul returned from fighting the Philistines, he was told that David had gone into the wilderness of En-gedi. So Saul chose 3,000 elite troops from all Israel and went to search for David and his men near the rocks of the wild goats.

At the place where the road passes some sheepfolds, Saul went into a cave to relieve himself. But as it happened, David and his men were hiding farther back in that very cave!

“Now’s your opportunity!” David’s men whispered to him. “Today the Lord is telling you, ‘I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.’” So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe.

But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.” So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul.

After Saul had left the cave and gone on his way, David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.

Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? 10 This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.’ 11 Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me.

12 “May the Lord judge between us. Perhaps the Lord will punish you for what you are trying to do to me, but I will never harm you. 13 As that old proverb says, ‘From evil people come evil deeds.’ So you can be sure I will never harm you. 14 Who is the king of Israel trying to catch anyway? Should he spend his time chasing one who is as worthless as a dead dog or a single flea? 15 May the Lord therefore judge which of us is right and punish the guilty one. He is my advocate, and he will rescue me from your power!”

16 When David had finished speaking, Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. 17 And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. 18 Yes, you have been amazingly kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. 19 Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today.20 And now I realize that you are surely going to be king, and that the kingdom of Israel will flourish under your rule.

 

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE



Read

One of the ways we connect with God is through His word. As your read the passage, think of it like your heavenly Father is sharing a story with you. Follow the directions to dig into His words.

  • Read today’s passage again.
  • What part of the passage catches your attention the most?
  • Think about that section of Scripture. What do you think the Lord is revealing to you from those words?
  • Read the passage again.
  • In that section of the passage, what word or theme catches your attention?
  • Think about that word. What is the Lord trying to reveal to you through that word?
  • Read the passage again.
  • How do you think this passage demonstrates David loving the Lord with all his strength?
  • Pray that the Lord will help you to remember and implement the words He resonated in your strength today.

Listen
Music and worship are powerful. They can align our hearts with the heart of the Lord. Listen to the following songs on the Spotify playlist, and/or read the lyrics (found at the end of this quiet time). Read the passage of Scripture and answer the questions. Please be mindful of how loud your music is out of respect for others.

  • Read today’s passage again.
  • Listen to and/or read the lyrics to Carry Your Name by Christy Nockels, Yearn by Shane and Shane, and When You Walk into the Room by Bryan & Katie Torwalt.
  • What part of the songs did you connect with the most? Why do you think that is?
  • How do you think these songs could help you learn to love the Lord with all your strength?


Silence

Try your best to slow down and be still. Sometimes it takes the discipline of being still for the Lord to reveal something important to us. Go to the stopwatch on your phone. Read the following questions and think about your answers for 2 minutes.

  • Read today’s passage again.
  • Set your timer for 2 minutes.
  • In what ways do you think the passage of Scripture represented David loving the Lord with all his strength?
  • Set your timer for 2 minutes.
  • Look around you, how do you think the Lord reveals HIS strength to you through what you see?
  • Set your timer for 2 minutes.
  • In what ways can you love the Lord with all your strength? Think about your answer.


Journal

Sometimes we need to write things out in order to process what the Lord is trying to teach us. Follow the directions, and think about today’s passage.

  • Write out today’s passage of Scripture.
  • Draw a picture to represent the verses you read this morning.
  • Write the passage again in your own words.
  • Write out a prayer to the Lord.

 

Quiet Time #4 | Lyrics

Carry Your Name, by Christy Nockles
How merciful the cross
How powerful the blood
How beautiful Your arms
Open for us
Open for us

No greater love, God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name, Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus

By Your wounds we are healed
And You have conquered the grave
And in Your rising, we will rise
To carry Your name above every name

No greater love, God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name, Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus

No greater love, God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name, So strong to save
Jesus, Jesus

I will carry Your name, Carry Your name
Jesus, Your name forever
For all of my days, In all of my ways
Jesus, Your name forever

I will carry Your name, Carry Your name
Jesus, Your name forever
For all of my days, In all of my ways
Jesus, Your name forever

Jesus, Your name
Bless Your name

No greater love, God’s only Son
Jesus, Jesus
No other name, Mighty to save
Jesus, Jesus

I will carry Your name, Carry Your name
Jesus, Your name forever
For all of my days, In all of my ways
Jesus, Your name forever

Yearn, by Shane and Shane
Holy Design
This place in time
That I might seek and find
My God, my God


Lord, I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You

Lord, I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You
Lord, I want to yearn

Your joy is mine
Yet why am I fine?
With all my singing and bringing grain
In light of Him

I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You
Lord, I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You


Oh, You give life and breath
And in You we live and move
That’s why I sing


Lord, I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You
Lord, I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion


Over You, and only You
Lord, I want to yearn

When You Walk Into the Room, by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
When You walk into the room, everything changes
Darkness starts to tremble at the light that You bring
And when You walk into the room, every heart starts burning
And nothing matters more than just to sit here at Your feet and worship You
We worship You, oh

We love You, We’ll never stop
We can’t live without You, Jesus
We love You, and we can’t get enough
All this is for You, Jesus

When You walk into the room, sickness starts to vanish
Every hopeless situation ceases to exist
And when You walk into the room, the dead begin to rise
‘Cause there is resurrection life in all You do

We love You, We’ll never stop
Can’t live without You, Jesus
We love You, and we can’t get enough
All this is for You, Jesus
Oh Jesus

Come and consume, God, all we are
We give You permission, our hearts are Yours
We want You, we want You
Come and consume, God, all we are
We give You permission, our hearts are Yours
We want You, we want You
Come and consume, God, all we are
We give You permission, our hearts are Yours
We want You, we want You
Come and consume, God, all we are
We give You permission, our hearts are Yours
We want You, we want You

We love You, We’ll never stop
Can’t live without You, Jesus
We love You, and we can’t get enough
All this is for You, Jesus

Oh, how we love You
Oh, how we love You

POST-JOURNEY QUIET TIME RESOURCES


We pray that this week you’ve connected with the Lord in meaningful ways and seen that He really just asks us to come to Him with a willing, humble heart.

As you go home, we hope you’ll continue to set aside time to be in God’s presence. Below are listed out some ideas and resources to get you going if you’re not sure how to continue. We’d also encourage you to re-read the “Practical Tips” section from your first Journey quiet time. If you’re looking for something more specific, ask your student pastor or JOURNEY leader – they’d be happy to help you!

FROM THE BIBLE

  • We touched on a few stories about David’s life this week, but there are so many more! Here are a few places you can look in the Bible to learn more about his life and relationship with the LORD.
    • David is anointed to be king – 1 Samuel 16:1-13
    • David serves Saul by playing music – 1 Samuel 16:14-23
    • David’s friendship with Jonathan – 1 Samuel 18:1-5; 1 Samuel 20
    • David the warrior – 1 Samuel 18:6-16
    • David mourns – 2 Samuel 1; 2 Samuel 12:1-25
    • David becomes king – 2 Samuel 5:1-16
    • David dances before the LORD – 2 Samuel 6:1-13
    • David sleeps with another man’s wife and then murders him – 2 Samuel 11
    • David asking for forgiveness – Psalm 51

PHONE APP DEVOTIONALS

  • YouVersion Bible
    • Specific studies:
      • Home Again: A Study of the Prodigal Son
      • Reset My _____________
      • Chasing Failure
    • He Reads Truth (GUYS)
    • She Reads Truth (GIRLS)
    • IF:Gathering (GIRLS)

BOOK DEVOTIONALS

  • Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
  • One Minute Bible for Students, by Doug Fields
  • Solo: An Uncommon Devotional, Eugene Peterson