Judges 19 is a chapter that reveals Israel’s state without God. The chapter parallels the time when two angels visited Lot and the men of the city came out to the house. Sadly, Israel was now just as bad as the cities God completely wiped off the earth. Israel’s pattern of following God, then abandoning Him, has been a recurring theme in Judges and continues throughout the Old Testament. But God is not finished with Israel:
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” Jeremiah 33:14-15 ESV
God promises Jesus because Israel cannot follow God on their own. I ,too, cannot make it myself and am in need of a Savior.
David wrote about God’s protection and mercy in Psalm 3 when He said:
“But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill.” Psalm 3: 3-4 ESV
And God protected Paul when the Jews planned to kill him, saying
“Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome” Acts 23: 11b ESV
God saves and protects those who trust in Him and His Word. When I trust in Him, He will care for and help me through struggles and hard times. David wrote Psalm 3, a Psalm of praise and trust, when he was fleeing Jerusalem after his rebellious son Absalom had taken over the city and tried to kill him. David doesn’t put his trust in men but instead trusts God to protect and defend him in the face of this great struggle.
Dear God, please help me to be more like David, calling on Your name when I am struggling or in distress. I cannot make it on my own and need a Savior to help and guide me. Please protect and guide me just as You protected and guided David in his time of distress long ago. Amen.