Exalting Christ in community and mission


In 1973, the Eagles debuted the song “Desperado.”  The lyrics portray an outlaw that wants love but can’t have it because he is on the run for something he has done.

“Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses, You been out ridin’ fences for so long now.”

In our story this morning, we see another desperado, but he for a different reason.  David is now on the run from the King of Israel, who, because of twisted jealousy, has a vendetta against our hero.  David was just eating at the table of the king, now he is scrounging for bread.  David was leading armies into battle, now he is borrowing weapons.  David was fighting their sworn enemies, the Philistines, now he is feigning insanity so as to live among them for protection from Saul.  David is without guile and yet he is being hunted down as a hardened outlaw.

Has this ever happened to you where you were following God’s will as best you know and you get attacked?  Have you ever been misunderstood?  Have you ever been attacked by the very person you were trying to aid?  Then you are blessed and in good company.  For there was yet another desperado 2,000 years ago that suffered for doing good.

      “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God…” I Pet 3:17-18

Desperation from being a desperado for all the right reasons pushes us to God.  We are forced to lighten our load and run to take refuge in Him.  So when you come under unjust scrutiny, smile and know you are not alone.

Mr. Blair Burke, Elder