Loyalty in Deed

In I Samuel 24, Saul was pursuing David, whom he accused of treason against him. But when David had an opportunity to kill Saul in a cave, he did not, and in :8-11 he called out to Saul, “‘Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you? … Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of the robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands …”. It is one thing for a person proclaim his loyalty to the king; it is another to prove it with his deeds, like David did here, by not taking Saul’s life.

Proverbs 20:6 raises the challenging question: “Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?”

Of course, this applies not only to our relationships with other people, but with our Lord as well. It is one thing to “proclaim our loyalty” to Him in songs and prayers during worship services, but do we back them up with actual deeds when we leave the church building? It is as the old hymn says:

“I love Thee, I love Thee, I love Thee my Lord,
I love Thee my Savior, I love Thee my God.
I love Thee, I love Thee, and that Thou dost know;
But how much I love Thee my actions will show.”

It is not words which demonstrate our faithfulness and loyalty, but DEEDS! David had actual deeds which confirmed his loyalty to his king — do YOU?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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