Unveiling Emotional Healing From 1Samuel and 2Samuel

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Unveiling Prayer From 2Samuel, Psalms and Proverbs

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Wings of the wind

2Samuel 22:11: And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind. (ESV)

seagull-494610_640David was describing how God came to rescue him. And when the throne of God was described in the book of Isaiah, we see cherubim all around it shouting holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, all the earth is filled with his glory (Isaiah 6:1-8).

In that incident, Isaiah said: in the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up and his train filled the temple. That vision of God radically transformed his life and marked him forever. And when God called out: “who shall we send, who will go for us,” he said, “here I am send me.”

He got himself a divine mission as he chose to meet God’s need. Seeing God will change you as it changed Isaiah. Talking about Jesus, John said: we beheld his glory as of the only begotten of the father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). What you encounter in him, you get to experience and are able to convey to others.

An angel announced Jesus’ conception, which was effected by the coming of the Holy Spirit upon Mary his mother (Luke 1:26-35). That is the “wings of the wind” in operation, the angel is the wing, while the Holy Spirit is the wind. Jesus being God came on the earth on the wings of the wind, following the words of the focus verse, to save humanity.


This is the picture of motion. When you see an angel then know that things are about to be fast-tracked, rapid changes are in the offing.

When an angel appeared to Peter while he was in prison he was moved from being a prisoner to walking free (Acts 12:5-11). When an angel visited Mary nine months after she gave birth to a child having never met a man.

When we meet angels in the book of Genesis, they were manning the path to the tree of life with a flaming sword moving in all directions. At that time man moved from the Garden of Eden, to start a life of hardship. The situation of man was rapidly changing for the worse. There was a permanent change of season. That is what angels, when they are seen, herald.

When Abraham saw some angels who were on their way to destroy Sodom, the end came suddenly to that land (Genesis 18). When Joshua saw an angel who described himself as the captain of the army of God, it marked the beginning of the rapid movement of the people to take over the land of Canaan (Joshua 5:13-155).

Angels signifies rapid movement, and change of state. Jesus saw angels after the devil finished tempting him. They came to minister to him, they came to strengthen him. That have a similar role, to minister to us, so that we are able to quickly recover from difficulty.

Jesus moved from the one being tempted by the devil in the privacy of the wilderness to becoming one tormenting the devil by casting our evil spirits in the public. The bible says that he returned from the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1-14, Matthew 4:11). The angels who came to minister to him likely had something to do with that.

At the resurrection of Jesus, we also saw angels present. A mighty angels came down from heaven to knock the soldiers guarding his grave out of their senses and caused the mighty stone over it to be rolled away via an earthquake (Matthew 28:1-5).


While the wings herald change, aiding its occurrence, the wind makes it happen. When the Red Sea was to be parted God sent an east wind to achieve that (Exodus 14:13-21).  When the children of Israel wanted meat in the wilderness, God sent wind to bring a deluge of quails to their camp (Numbers 11).

The wind represent the divine initiative, the divine causation. Without the wind the wings cannot function. Without the Holy Spirit, therefore, the angels would not know what to do.

The wind is a manifestation of the presence of God. In the upper room when the Holy Spirit manifested on the disciples as fire, there was a mighty wind which accompanied it (Acts 2:1-4).

When Jesus was teaching Nicodemus about what it means to be born again, he said: the wind blows where it wills, you do not see where it comes from or where it goes but you see the effect so is the one who is born of the Spirit (John 3:1-8). The wind is affirmed by Jesus as a picture of the operation of the Holy Spirit.

Paul acknowledges the initiative of the Holy Spirit. While he thought he should make certain move to preach in certain places the Holy Spirit retrained him (Acts 16:6-8).

He was being tested if he was going to try to follow his own agenda of that of the agenda of the Holy Spirit, if he was going to the follow his zeal more than the Spirit; if he was all about the work or more about obedience to God; if he was about the will of God or his pre-conceived notion. Each of us will be similarly tested, whether we will follow the wind of the Holy Spirit or try to generate our own.

When King Saul refused to move by the wind of divine instruction an ill wind of death in the hand of the enemy blew upon him and his son.

The air makes life possible on the earth. The air is around us and within us. It is not enough for the wind to be around us, it also needs to be within us, otherwise, we would be classified as dead. Being able to breathe in out for both animal and plants means they are alive.

The Holy Spirit therefore being the wind makes spiritual life possible. The bible says that it is the Spirit that gives life, he makes us function as we should (John 6:63).

Paul wrote that we were dead in trespasses and sin, meaning we did not function as we were meant to, as designed from the beginning, because of sin (Ephesians 2:4-8).

He also said that we have been made alive in Christ Jesus. And the process which made that happen was simple. When God raised Jesus up from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit, he also raised us up with him.

Jesus said except a grain of seed falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone but if it falls down it brings forth much fruits.

Therefore, the life running in us, is that of Jesus. We have no claim to any independent life apart from his. John wrote that God has given us eternal life and that life is in his Son, Jesus Christ. We have no claim to life except in the context of being raised up with Jesus from the grave by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Right and wrong judgment

2Samuel 10:3: But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” (ESV).

scales-of-justice-450203_640On the long run, this was a clear case of wrong judgement and it eventually got the king Hanun into trouble.

To have the right judgement is like walking in the light, otherwise we are in darkness and can fall. Jesus told the Pharisees not to judge according to appearance but rightly (John 7:24).

Samuel judged by appearance and if he was not corrected by God (1Samuel 16:1-7), it would have been very messy. He saw the stature of Eliab the first Son of Jesse, and he was taken in. He thought definitely this one will command natural respect. He looked at his muscles and said: this one will command the respect of the army, he will be able to do valiantly in battle. But God said that he had rejected him. And that was wrong judgement for Samuel.

Rehoboam wrongly judged the intention of the people of Israel when they asked him to lessen the burden on them after King Solomon his father died and he took over from him (). He rejected their suggestion taking the advice of his peers.

He took the hard-line, thinking that was the best thing to. But he was wrong. Eventually ten tribes of Israel decided to separate themselves. Wrong judgement was in the near sense was responsible for his kingdom becoming smaller. Wrong judgement resulted into loss.

When Paul was moving on the sea as a prisoner being taken to Rome, the captain of the ship misjudged the weather, thinking they will be able beat the winter period but they entered into a stormy winds. At the end there was the loss of the ship but not of the lives because of divine protection.

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that she needed to rightly judge him so that she can benefit from him (John 4:1-32). He said to her: if you know who is talking to you and what he can give, you would have asked him for living waters.

Jesus asked: who do men say that I the son of man are? They gave different names. It means the people do not really know who he was. Peter by revelation said: you are the Christ the son of the living God (Matthew 16:13-18).

Solomon asked for an understanding heart (1Kings 3:16-28), so that he can judge the people of God rightly. God gave him abundant wisdom so that when a matter came up before, him, relating to two women who slept together, one of them sleeping on his son, leading to his death. With a simple test Solomon knew who was telling him the truth.  And the people rejoiced because they had a king with such good sense of judgment.

In life it is important to make the right decision (wisdom). But for that to happen we need to have the right values which is understanding and the right information which is knowledge. But, it is not just enough to have the right information, one also needs discretion, which is the ability to judge beforehand the outcome of a given action. It also has to do with the understanding of timing.

Rather than be wrongly occupied with wrong suspicion, leading to wrong judgment, we should embrace wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and discretion.


Jesus told Nicodemus, “are you the teacher of Israel and you do not know these things (John 3),” while telling him about being born again. Knowledge is the foundation of wisdom and understanding.

That is why Jesus told the disciples when he left them that those who believe should not just be left at the level of believing, but they should be equipped with spiritual knowledge, which becomes a measure of spiritual growth.


But knowledge is not enough we need to come to understanding. Paul refereed to some people as ever learning and never coming to the knowledge of the truth (2Timothy 3:7). They accumulate facts but they do not know how God relates those facts together into the truth shape. Coming to the knowledge of the truth has to do with gaining God’s understanding about a matter. It has to do with rightly dividing the word of truth (2Timothy 2:15).


This is both a natural and spiritual attribute, as the Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-3). We need to operate by the wisdom of heaven. The bible says that the wisdom of God is foolishness to man and adding that the foolishness of God is stronger than man (1Corinthians 1:25). The bible refers to the wisdom of God as fathomless (Romans 11:33).

When man called Israel away from following the leadership of David after the revolt of his son, Joab wanted to destroy the city where the rebel hid, but a wise woman spoke with Joab who told her he does not want to harm the city, that he only wanted that man (2Samuel 20:14-23).

The wise woman promised to get the head of the man thrown down the wall of the city to Joab. And that was what happened with little ado. Knowledge is about talk, wisdom is about results. And the woman got the result. She was called a wise woman, she knows how to get things done.

That made her wise. The bible says that wisdom is justified, identified by her children (Matthew 11:19), by her fruits. Jesus said by their fruits you shall know them, not by their talk.  When the Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon, at the end of it, she was breathless having seen wisdom in display all around, with the way he ran things, the way his men handled themselves (1Kings 10). The bible says, he “saw” the Wisdom of Solomon. Wisdom is about what is seen.


Discretion has a relationship with wisdom. It has to do with careful analysis of action, how they relate to the right outcome. For example, a good chess player is strong on discretion while playing the game.

Every action that man takes has an equal and opposite reaction. So you pick your actions carefully using discretion and be able to pick the result of that action. Discretion means you view things from many sides, so that you do not get a result that will surprise you.

Discretion teaches you not to express everything you feel, not to say every word that comes to you mind, not to believe everything you hear, not to share your full thoughts with everybody but to keep something back. It is about controlling outcome by controlling your action. It is about about allowing your desired outcome to control your action.

Purity, purpose and power

2Samuel 3:39: And I am weak today, though anointed king. And these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too hard for me. May Jehovah reward the doer of evil according to his evil!  (LITV)

statue-495270_640The actions of David’s men was affecting him. Though king, he was surrounded with people whose action will be reflected on him.

Therefore, bible says that those who name the name of the Lord should depart from iniquity (2Timothy 2:19). If you claim to be associated with Jesus Christ (the anointed one) then you need to set out to act like you are worthy of the name.

The first time the word Christian was used, it was the conclusion that observers made of the disciples (Acts 11:26). Christian means like Christ. They were exceptional. They were different. Paul harped on the need to not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

To be a Christian means we follow the ways of truth, the way of Christ, the truth (John 14:6).

Jesus sent the apostles to preach the gospel, but to not stop at that, they were to also instruct those who believe, bring them up to speed on the things Jesus had taught them (Matthew 28:18-20). There can be no discipleship process without modes of instruction in truth because that is what transforms. Jesus said we shall know the truth and it will make us free (John 8:31-34).

Jesus the head may be “correct,” but his body is the church is not always so. There were churches to which Jesus wrote, to complain against them (Revelation 2-3). Most of them have issues they need to deal with, things they needed to correct.

The church will remain with imperfection all his life, because Paul wrote that God has given some to the church to be apostles prophets teachers evangelists till we are all built up to the stature of the fullness of Christ, not just in purity but also in purpose and power (Ephesians 4:11-15).


Jesus was tempted in all points yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He stood apart as one who never sinned.

Referring to that, Jesus said that the devil came to him but he had no leverage on him (John 14:30). Sin is the leverage that the devil has over humanity, because if you are the servant of sin if you are in bondage to death, which is the devil’s tool (Hebrews 2:14, Romans 8:1-2).

But Jesus has come to set us free.  Because he is free from sin, and we are his body, we should also reflect him in his holiness. The bible says that we should be holy as our heavenly father is holy (1Peter 1:15-16).  Paul said that we need to be imitators of God (Galatians 4).

God made man pure but the problem came when sin came in. The Garden of Eden was the perfect place before sin came there. But this world will one day be rid of sin and anything that offends, and Jesus does that first in our hearts with his blood.

The anointing on you may deceive you that you are immune from the need to become strong when it comes to living pure lives, living in obedience to God. Saul fell into the trap that the anointing gives him a different standard of measure, the right will excuse his wrong behaviour, his disobedience.


We should not only be mature, be like Christ in purity, we need to be like him in purpose. Many people are content only to be like him in purity, doing their best to live the way Jesus lived, act like him. They say to themselves at every turn, “what will Jesus do?”

They want to say the right words, go to the right places and be with the right company but there is something greater than that. It is walking in his purpose.

Since we are his body an indication of his purpose that we should walk in is seen in the different gifts that we have which indicate which part of his body we are (Romans 12:1-10). His purpose is what he wants us to devote our energy and time to.

When Paul said to Jesus in their first meeting, “what you will have me do (Acts 9:6)?” That was a question about entering into the purpose of Jesus. It is not just to be saved, afterwards, in what way should you serve God? Are you just to do whatever occurred to you or should you live by divine instruction?

Jesus walked in the purpose of the father. And we are to walk in the purpose of Jesus, the one who now has all authority in heaven and on earth. Walking in his purpose assures that we walk in his authority.

Jesus did everything he did by the authority of the father. The Pharisees asked him: by what authority do you do this things (Matthew 21:23-27)? In response he asked them of the authority in which John the Baptist did his works, whether from God or self-generated, i.e. from men? He knew their question to him was not sincere. But to others he said what I see my father do that is what I do. I walk in the purpose of my father.

We should do what Jesus tells us to. That was what Mary his mother told servants in the house where a wedding took place and the wine got finished (John 2:1-11).

Purity is what you are made to be in the righteousness of Jesus, while purpose is what you get to do to establish in the righteousness of Jesus. The former is about what Christ does in you, the latter about what you do in Christ.


“Purity, purpose and power” is a threefold cord. They interact on each other, and need equal attention.

Purity has to do with character; purpose has to do with your divine commission and direction; and power has to do with charisma, spiritual flow from you to others. Since we see all the three modelled by Jesus, they should be present in our lives in quality measures.

Power is about the extraordinary. While other religions can have some form of outward purity, or behavioural formation, and they give some form of purpose, only in Christ is power, transcendental power. The power to cause change without putting you in bondage thereafter. The bible says that the blessing of the Lord makes rich and does not add any sorrow into it (Proverbs 10:22).

His power is superior power. When Moses and Aaron confronted the magicians of Pharaoh, when their rods turned into snakes, the snake of Aaron swallowed up those of the magicians. They were no match with the power of God (Exodus 7:8-12).

My high places


2Samuel 22:34: He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.

In the focus verse, David reminisced on happenings in his life time. He thought of where he was coming from, the past events of his life, and where he is now and he gave glory to God. He recognised the finger of God for his elevation, even though sometimes along the line, it didn’t look as if any good’ll come from it.

Moses warned the children of Israel, while they were in the wilderness to never forget God, who gives them the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:6-20). But, that was exactly what they did, forgetting God. That would be there defining trait as a people, throughout their history.

God through Jeremiah complained that his people, Israel have forsaken him, the fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13), ascribing his blessing to idols in form of objects that they hew with their hands. They carve for themselves idols that can’t give them anything, talk-less of “flowing waters.”

No need to cooperate with God to get to your high places. When the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, the plan was that soon after, they will get to the Promised Land, but because they did not cooperate with God due to unbelief (Numbers 13-14), that generation perished in the wilderness (those above twenty years of age).

Therefore, because something is God’s plan does not mean that it will come to pass; you can frustrate the will of God through unbelief (Hebrews 4:6). The law of faith has to be obeyed by anyone would walk with God towards the getting to your high places.

Even though God had the plan to make Abraham the father of many nations, he still needed to pass several levels of faith tests. Firstly, he had to leave his father’s house to a land which God will show him (Genesis 12:1-4). He acted on that word of God and activated his eyes of faith, beginning a walk with God to his high places.

When it comes to bearing a child through her wife Sarah, who had been called barren, the Lord told him that he should look at the stars of heaven and the sands on the ground. If he can count their numbers, then he will be able to count his seed. It was then recorded that Abraham believed God and that was counted for him as righteousness. He was labelled righteousness (Genesis 15:1-6) (which is being in right standing with God) and therefore qualified to walk with him, because of his faith.

Abraham first shifted physically, from an old location to a new, in his walk with God (leaving his father’s house), then in him mind (believing the impossible), all is step with God on the way to his high places.

Abraham was committed to the will and ways of God, and eventually the bible described Abraham as a friend of God, which was a high place to be. Eventually God gave Abraham the child of promise, Isaac, a miracle child from the “barren” womb of Sarah, 90 years at the time of the birth of the child. Being friend of God (spiritual high place) and having a child at that age (physical high place) were all high places that Abraham got to by faith.

The bible says: without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), it is impossible to be in God’s good book, he who comes to God must know that he exists, and a rewarder of those who seek him wholeheartedly. Since you cannot see God, you have to seek him by faith. He will openly reward you with amazing things if you walk with him by faith. He is the one who designed the high place for you and the way he made it, you cannot get there unless he is with you, except he helps you.

It was the high place of Joshua to take the children of Israel to the place of their possession in Israel, and he needed the assurance of the presence of God to be bold enough to go forward with it (Joshua 1). But after the first victory, he got a little bit relaxed and over-confident, and was defeated in his next battle (Joshua 6-7). He did not lean on God as he did for the first battle against Jericho. He did not know that seeking God must be an ongoing priority on the way to our high places, and even when we get there. There should be no room for leaning on the arm of flesh no matter what, eye on God all the way.

David never made that mistake, and so was never defeated in battle, understanding that God was the one who will take him to his high places. He wrote: it is God who made him the head of nations (Psalm 18:43-45).

At a very young age, He was anointed with oil and soon after that he killed Goliath (1Samuel 17) and his name became a household name in Israel, you would have thought that it would be smooth sailing for him from then on, but he was led to the wilderness era of his walk with God, with King Saul seeking to take his life.

In the process of God getting him to his high place, he went through a lot of low places. No wonder he later wrote: “if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I fear no evil because the Lord, my shepherd is with me, his rod and staff they comfort me,” adding: “he prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, he anointed by head with oil my cup runs over (Psalm 23).” Eventually he became the king of all Israel, in place of King Saul. That was his high place.

Jesus was also anointed with “oil”, and instead of becoming a superstar immediately after that, he experienced 40 trying days with no food and being tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:13-4:11, Luke 4:1-14, Acts 10:38), in his own wilderness experience, but at the end of that trying time, he triumphed, and manifested God’s glory in his time, being his own high place.

So it doesn’t matter if right now, you are in your valley-of-the-shadow-of-death time, you will come out to a glorious end on your high places. Your trying time is the time to die to the flesh, to die to self, so that you can be alive to God. Job also when through his trying period before coming forth in his high places, in his trying time, he still held on to God in faith, saying: after he (God) has tried me, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

Killing David


2Samuel 21:16: And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David.

Saul who was king in Israel before David died on the battlefield, and David would have gone in the same ill-fated way, if one of his men, Ishbi-benob did not come to defend him. Thereafter, David’s men decided that because of how important he was, he should no longer go to battle with them, and apparently David yielded to his men (2Samuel 21:16-17).

However, there was a time that David was to be on the battleground (2Samuel 11), but he was not, and in the ensuing events, David committed sin with Beersheba, and killed her husband by proxy. But now his servants declared that he should not go with them to battle and that was the right thing to do. Those are two similar situations, with their appropriate responses differing from each other.

Such happened between Abraham and his wife Sarah. In an earlier time, Sarah told Abraham to sleep with Hagar and get her pregnant, which he did, thinking that was the way the way through which God was going give their family a child (Genesis 16).

Based on the prevailing tradition of that time, if Hagar brought forth a son, it was as good as having come from the original wife. So based on that consideration, Abraham bought into his wife’s idea, but that later threatened the peace of that house. Later on, when Isaac was born and Ishmael, the son of Hagar (Genesis 21:1-14), mocked Isaac, that generated tension in the house and Sarah told Abraham to get rid of Ishmael. And God backed Sarah in that decision, asking Abraham to obey his wife.

Was it not by obeying his wife that led to all that trouble in the first place? We have here again two similar incidents, both involving Sarah asking Abraham to do something. But in the first incident he should not have listened to such man-made effort to fulfil the promise of God, but in the second case, God asked him to listen to his wife. What was right in the similar situation was different.

In the book of proverbs, the bible says: do not answer a fool according to his folly lest you act like him, and the immediate verse that followed that reads: answer a fool according to his folly lest he be wise in his own eyes. That is the same situation, but with different recommended responses. How would you judge that (Proverbs 26:4-5)?

In the prophetic ministry of Elisha, he informed the king of Israel a few times of the different plans of attack that the king of Syria was forming against Israel, through his prophetic gifting, and that happened over a period of time (2Kings 6:8-12). If the king of Israel thought that he would go with the last instruction and not follow the present one then we would suffer unnecessarily.

When God told Abraham to go up the mountain to sacrifice his son, he obeyed walking on the three day journey to the specific mountain where the sacrifice was to take place, having ample time to change his mind. On getting there, after he had tied Isaac up and raised the knife to cut his throat, God spoke from heaven through an angel, informing him about a change of plan. God said the child should not be harmed whatsoever, but an animal caught in a nearby thicket should replace Isaac (Genesis 22:1-18).

From the forgoing what is important is to follow what God is saying per time. It is not enough to know what God has said, it is important to also know what he is saying. Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

That means there is a need for fresh word daily because what God is after is close relationship with us, maintained daily in fellowship in prayer and in the reading of the bible. In the wilderness, the children of Israel were to come out to pick manna on a daily basis, a daily display of dependence on God (Exodus 16:35, Numbers 11:9).

In walking with God, it is not just about what he has said but what he is saying. We should have our ears close to the mouth of God. That was Isaiah said. He said that God has opened his ears to ear like the learned, waking up him up morning by morning, to hear new things from Him (Isaiah 50:4-5). And it is as many who are led on a continual basis by the Holy Spirit that are the sons of God (Romans 8:14). It is not as many as were led, or those who heard from God yesterday.

Nevertheless there is something to be said for combining an historical view of God with the ongoing unfolding of himself in our world and in our lives, in new moves in which he manifests himself in unusual manners.

Jesus said that the scribes instructed in the kingdom is like an householder bringing from his storehouse things old and new (Matthew 13:52), able to combine what the Holy Spirit has written with what he is saying now, in an intellectually competent way, in the holistic view of God’s relationship with his people with thee relevance to the here and now, divine communication.

David listened to his men when they said he should no longer go with them to battle, but when Paul was told by his men not to go to Jerusalem, he was bent on going. They pleaded with him, even with tears but he did not yield to them (Acts 20:22-25, 21:11-14).

As far as he was concerned he needed to go to Jerusalem to fulfil the will of God. So the greatest determinant of what to do is by answering the question: what is the will of God.

Paul knew that bad things will befall him on the way, but he was undaunted, he was fearless, he did not consider his life precious to him that the will of God. Since he has eternal life, which was all that was important and running his race so that eventually he can say: I have fulfil my mandate on the earth (2Timothy 4:7). He was not afraid of death because he has eternal relevance, while for David at that time, his relevance was temporal.

In the New Testament those who died in Christ are referred to as merely sleeping (1Corinthians 11:30, 15:51, 1Thessalonians 4:14, 5:10), because they will resurrect, while in the Old Testament no such opportunity was yet opened. That was why the David’s men were protective of his life; but there is hope of resurrection in Christ Jesus, which was why Jesus said that we should be willing to lose our lives for his sake (Luke 9:23-24). We should be more attached to him than to our natural life, setting our hearts on things in heaven and not things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-4).