The character of David in his days in the wilderness demonstrate meekness beautifully. Consider David’s situation: He is running around the wilderness, hiding in villages and caves from murderous King Saul who has attempted to skewer him with a spear multiple times.
Is David too weak to defend himself? No, this is David, of whom the women of Israel sing, ‘Saul has killed his thousands and David his tens of thousands.’ This is David, through whom God slew Goliath. David does not lack the power to defend himself.
Is David without opportunity to rid himself of Saul? No! Twice David comes upon Saul with the advantage (once in a cave, and once while Saul is sleeping) and both times David spares the kings life, stating that he will not raise his hand against the Lord’s anointed.
Now, consider what David knows. David knows that he has been anointed king over Israel. But David is meek. He is not weak, but he is patient, trusting that God who has anointed him king, will also bring his promise to fruition. God does not need David’s strength or David’s sword – so David places his faith in trust in God and continues to flee from Saul.
What does this speak to your heart?
To me, I am reminded of the promises that God has made to me – the promise that my sins have been forgiven, that my debt has been paid, that my place in heaven is forever secured by my Saviour. I am free now to live as a son of God, to delight in God, and live for Him. I often find myself caught up in spiritual conflict with the adversary, but I don’t concern myself with my own reputation, with what others will say about me, or think about me (though I feel that temptation upon me regularly). I am reminded that my God is supreme, my Saviour sufficient and my future certain and sure.
How is that for peace and rest. This is the peace that comes from resting in meekness on the power of God to accomplish what he has promised in his time, and to use me for his greater glory.