March 9th


“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” (Psalm 118:8,9)

            Now see the second stone which God gave to David. The people of Keilah were being oppressed by the Philistines. King Saul was unable to help them, but David went and delivered them. Then David must have thought that because of the great help he had given to the people of Keilah they would be grateful to him and would even risk their lives to protect him from the hands of Saul. However, he enquired from God, “Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the Lord said, They will deliver thee up” ( 1 Samuel 23:12). This revelation would have caused great disappointment to David, but through this he learned the lesson that he should not put his trust in any man. To teach this lesson God had brought David to Keilah.
            A day will come in your life also when a most intimate friend, whom you loved and helped, will fail you. You will wonder how one whom you loved so much could become your enemy. Do not be surprised. God is teaching you that you must put your faith entirely and only upon the living God, and He will prove His faithfulness to you.
            The word “Keilah” means “fort” or “pillar”. God was saying to Dacid that he should not consider any human source as his fort or pillar. Of God alone he should say, “The Lord is my fortress, …and my high tower” (Psalm 18:2). If you want to lead a triumphant life you should trust only in the living God. Many people’s eyes are upon their friends and relatives.  Some have their eyes upon help from America. How sad this is! For this reason their lives remain barren spiritually. Thus we see that the second stone which god gave to David was the lesson that he should never put his trust in man but depend upon god alone.