An Extravagant Offering
"At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!" So the three mighty men broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the LORD. "Far be it from me, O LORD, to do this!" he said. "Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?" And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty men." 2 Samuel 23:14-17 NIV
I have to be honest. I have never completely understood this story, but I know that it somehow displays a heart which pleases God. David had that kind of heart.
When David was thirsty on the battlefield, he didn’t have just a normal thirst. He had a thirst for the waters of home. David was so well respected by his men that they burst through enemy lines just to get him some of the water he longed for. Now, as I read this, I can’t say that I see David asking his men to do this. I think he simply stated his wishes out loud. He didn’t know anyone would actually go get the water at the risk of their lives.
When they indeed come back with the exact water David wanted, David is to overwhelmed to drink it, so he pours it on the ground. Hello, David? Don’t you realize what trouble they went through to get this water? Couldn’t you have shown your appreciation in another way?
Isn’t my response kind of like Judas’ response to Mary when she poured expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus? He didn’t understand why someone would “waste” so much on just one “person”. Isn’t it also like Martha’s response when Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and refused to help her in the kitchen? She couldn’t understand how dinner would get prepared if Mary “wasted” all her time talking with Jesus.
David “wasted” the water so he could worship God! He “wasted” the water so he could offer an appropriate sacrifice to God. He poured it out because he felt unworthy of such water.
May I ask you: What are you “wasting” for God? You worked hard for that money. You deserve something for it. Surely God wouldn’t want you to “waste“ it on someone you barely know? And, your precious time? Wouldn’t it be a “waste” to spend it with people you barely know, telling them about Jesus?
David had a heart that was willing to “waste” his greatest treasures in worship to the Living God! Do you have that kind of heart?
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