Behaving Wisely

“And David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14
“Therefore, when Saul saw that he behaved very wisely, he was afraid of him.” 1 Samuel 18:15
“But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them.” 1 Samuel 18:16

There is a wisdom in being among people without a hidden agenda.

Lord, we desire to stay humble and real for You today, wherever we are, whoever we are with. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Nothing Hidden

They saw his going out
and his coming in
how he always behaved
wisely among them

and they quickly fell in love
with this young shepherd man
who would himself seek after God
and be chosen to rule the land.

Published in: on November 15, 2011 at 2:34 pm  Comments (16)  


  1. May we be real!

  2. β€œAnd David behaved wisely in all his ways, and the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14

    Isn’t this just pure sweetness! … and the Lord was with Him!!!!!!
    We know how this felt to David… passages like Psalm 23 carry the closeness on to us…

    Your poem is perfect!

  3. Oh Debbie – so very true. There IS wisdom in being among people, in being with anyone, who doesn’t have a hidden agenda. It’s a sweet gift – as is your poem!
    ~ Debbie

  4. Praying so with you, Pastor J! God bless you and all your going outs and coming ins!

  5. I love that, faith-filled fisherlady, that it was pure sweetness! Yes. πŸ™‚ That is how it affected me too, And how it feels knowing He is with us now. God bless you as others see that sweet relationship with Him in you!

  6. It’s a safe and beautiful thing, isn’t it? I think that’s what it would be like to be around you! πŸ™‚ God bless you, dear Debbie, as you come and go but are always with Him.

  7. Thank you, Deb

    Beautiful poem, Deb. We can pretend to be whatever we want to be, but there’s no fooling Him.

    “Lord, we desire to stay humble and real for You today, wherever we are, whoever we are with”
    I so pray!

    Thanks for the reminders.


  8. I love that He helps us stay real and uses the real us to help others. πŸ™‚ God really knows what He’s doing!
    God bless you, Ann full of Jesus grace, joy and song, for being really in love with Him!

  9. Talk about Jesus at an AA meeting full of struggling drunks and drug addicts, many still using even during the meeting. My agenda is only their faith and their salvation. To get on their knees and pray.

    And guess what? They secretly like it. That little place inside us all opens up and wants to hear more. How awesome is that?

  10. That is way, way awesome! Jesus knows what they need most right now and He sent you to show them. πŸ™‚ God bless you , lovely Linda , writer of stories and poems, and the hands and feet of Jesus.

  11. The word that came to my mind when thinking of being among a people without a hidden agenda, was safety. One knows what to expect, as well as what not to expect, when in this environment. I would imagine it would be a place of comfort, as well. (Also, what Pastor J said.)

    I am glad to be among a people, a group of blogging friends, who love the Lord, and are without a hidden agenda. Thank you, Debbie! πŸ™‚


  12. Dear praising Him Paulette, that “what to expect and not expect” safety is something that has come up recently in the life of a friend. Thank you so much for giving me an insight through your comment! God wants us to be safe people for each other. God bless you, blogging friend, for the safety He provides us through you!

  13. I love the wisdom in this post, and your last comment really sums up why we need to walk transparently, without a hidden agenda: to do so makes us safe for others. I love that! I am thinking of that in relation to what Craig is saying about a shiny new gospel sharing system. Sometimes our love and transparency…minus overt sharing words…needs to be the first thing we do well with others. Thank you for sharing this insight, Deb!!

  14. Oh Angel A, you make it make more sense. πŸ™‚ Thank you! It’s the being transparent, that’s what it is. When we have to try to figure out what people really mean and are saying and doing, we suddenly feel the need to be on guard. Praying to be transparent first and foremost, and loving . . .then sharing. I have fallen behind at Craigs! oh no! Hope to catch up this weekend. God bless you as you remain a safe place for others to take their hearts. πŸ™‚

  15. Deb, This reminds me of our new pastor, and his name happens to be David! Peace, Linda

  16. Well, no wonder we like him then! πŸ™‚ God bless you , your congregation and your new pastor David and all your going out and coming ins! πŸ™‚

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