“And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul's servants. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward.” (1 Samuel 18:5-9)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about perception, if it is not checked and controlled, is that it can cause us to think evil about others which may not be true. Divorces are caused because wives or husband perceive that their spouse doesn’t love them because they see them talking with someone else. People feel that others are talking about them when they see them talking with someone else and they were not included; or they are not asked to go out with the group. When David became a servant unto Saul, he did what was asked of him by Saul. But when he began to receive praise for his accomplishments and victories, Saul because jealous and perceived that David was vying for the kingdom; and so, he went about to destroy him and anyone who associated them self with David. We must not allow Satan to make us think evil of others when we are not included. We cannot allow our perception to be distorted and control us. Remember, people have a right to choose their own associates.
Sing: I have a friend, His name is Jesus, Jesus. I, I have a friend, His name is Jesus, Jesus. He's my rock that I lean on, He's my shelter from every storm. I, I have a friend, His name is Jesus.
Thought for today: Perception… a killer of good leadership. (Parker)