When David came to Bahurim, Shimei continually cursed him in front of all and made false accusations and threw stones at him. David’s servant Abishai was enraged and desired to destroy that “dead dog” that was bold enough to curse God’s anointed. Here is David’s reply to Abishai:

And David said to Abishai and all his servants, “See how my son who came from my own body seeks my life. How much more now may this Benjamite? Let him alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him. It may be that the Lord will look on my affliction, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing this day.” (2 Samuel 16:11-12)

David lived ahead of his time knowing that it is not man’s place to seek revenge. He trusted that the Lord would balance the scales of justice. David was not a weak or passive man, rather he gave place for the judgment of God. He lived his life striving to be pleasing to his God. The holy record of David is that he was a man after God’s own heart. Let all the household of faith strive to be the same.

– brother Pat Woods