David was a bone-weary fugitive chased by an ungodly king and 3,000 men. He had no choice but to hide his men in caves, hoping they could get some rest. On one occasion, David was amazed to see his enemy step inside the cave where he and his men were hiding. He was completely open to attack.

But instead of murdering his enemy, David simply cut a scrap of cloth off his garment, and the Bible says David’s heart smote him. He said later to his amazed band, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.”

Do you have someone who seems to delight in your troubles? Is there a family member or acquaintance who always says mean things to you? I don’t know that too many people went through what David did as he ran from King Saul. And yet David knew something deep in his soul when he looked upon his unguarded enemy. It was not for him to hurt the Lord’s anointed. Vengeance was up to his great God.

Know this: God is watching out for you just as He was watching out for David. His eye of mercy is upon you. His hand of grace upholds you. He has promised to protect you. Lay hold of these magnificent promises today.

The people you should try to get even with are the people who have helped you. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder