1 Samuel 24:5
“Now it happened afterward that David’s heart troubled him because he had cut Saul’s robe.”
Life is filled with obstacles. We face constant trials that make this journey difficult. Yet, it seems we can handle almost anything except a troubled heart. When we are overwhelmed from within, it makes even the lightest burdens seem too great to bear. Our hearts are often troubled by loss, disappointment, fear or anxiety. David found there was another cause for a troubled heart – sin.
Whatever liberties others might have had, David knew for certain, he was “not to touch the Lord’s anointed.” In other words, David would not be the one to take Saul’s life, no matter what. David knew God wanted his complete trust. When he sat upon Israel’s throne, it would be because God had paved the way. On this particular day, David allowed his companions to influence his actions, and he crossed a line God set for him. Sneaking up behind Saul, he cut a piece of fabric from his coat. No sooner was the deed done, David’s heart began to speak to him. Guilt, disappointment, fear, and shame began to well up within him. How could he have done such a thing. He was the man after God’s heart, the worship leader of the palace, and the future king, yet he had stooped to disobedience under pressure from his friends.
David is not alone in his actions. Countless saints have allowed their judgment to be influenced by the whispers of their friends. Men and women whose lives have been dedicated to Christ, have fallen under the sway of others and led into actions that trouble the heart. Fortunately for David, this is not the end. We read of David’s actions to right his wrong, and sooth his troubled soul.
Whatever the cause of your troubled heart, the remedy is found in coming to the Lord and receiving the sweet comfort He provides. If your heart is troubled by pain or loss, know that He suffered in all points as we do, and understands our ways. If your hearts is troubled because of sin, the right course of action is confession, repentance, and learning to cling to the promises of God.