Harriet Buurma - Olympia II, Washington Convention - 2018

I Samuel 24:4, “And the men of David said unto him, 'Behold the day of which the Lord said unto thee, "Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee."' Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.”

Saul was in a cave, and David was also there unbeknown to Saul. David cut off a piece of the skirt of Saul’s robe privily, and after he did it, David’s heart smote him, because he had done it because Saul was the anointed of the Lord. There was a vast difference between the thoughts of David, and the thoughts of his men! They had fear of God and knew He had great power, and would arrange things. They said, “It’s God who has arranged this for you!” But for David, even just cutting that piece of Saul’s robe smote his heart, because he loved God. His conscience was directed by God! David knew that vengeance belonged to God! People who live close to God – God convicts them more! Anyone thinking with a logical, practical mind would say, “Kill him!” David said, “The Lord forbid that I should touch the Lord’s anointed!” People who live close to God are listening to what God wants them to do – not listening to others!

A lot of hymns speak about getting closer to God. It’s a safe place to be! People who live close to God are different – their reactions are different than other people. As I get closer to God, I see things clearer.
I Peter 4:4, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.”

Now, they weren’t running that way anymore – they had a conscience. They were now living for the things of God. Maybe some would feel, “I’m just not going to get involved with that!” Maybe some see that there’s no eternal value in this thing others are doing – time is precious! Guard your quiet time! Everybody is busy. We want to do that.

John the Baptist was a man sent from God. The Word of God came to John. By his life, we know he was close to God. People said, “Who are you?” He said, “I’m just a voice!” He wasn’t wanting recognition or praise. People who live close to God don’t need self-recognition. Anyone we’re really close to – we know what they like, and don’t like. There’s a list of things God loves, and things He hates. There are things He tells us, “That’s not for you.” I want to be sensitive to the guidance of His Holy Spirit, as I live close to Him.