“And David was then in the hold, and the Philistines’ garrison was then at Beth–lehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Beth–lehem, that is at the gate! And the three brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Beth–lehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: but David would not drink of it, but poured it out to the Lord, And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.” – 1 Chronicles 11:16-19
These three men risked their lives to provide a drink offering for the one they saw as their king, but David would not take it. Instead he poured it out as a drink offering to the true King, God.
It is good to honor and reverence your leaders, blessed is the man who has leaders that he can reverence. However, when it turns to praises that leader is obligated to reject it and turn those praises back toward Jesus. David dare not receive this gift, less he encourage others to do it also. May this story remain in our hearts (who are of the faith) the next time someone comes to flatter us, or to shower us with praises. We have nothing to glory of, but the Lord. Therefore let the praises we receive always be deflected upward.
David knew that his victories were not of his doing, but of the Lord. God had promised him kingship and it was by God’s grace that it was being accomplished. Therefore did he have no reason to think himself mighty, but only to give God all of the glory. The drink offering needed to be given to the one who really deserved it.
Oh, how often do we fail at this? Do we take credit for what God actually did? Do we allow the praises of men to penetrate our defenses? I assure you of this, that when flattery gets in, so will the enemy follow after it. So reject it quickly! Boast only in your infirmities, and in the power of God to achieve His promises regardless of them.
I can truly say with all honesty that I have no revelation but what God Himself has given me. I have no gift but what He gives when He sees fit. I have no strength but what He lends when I need it. I have no understanding but what He reveals when He gives me eyes to see it. I have no possession but what He has gifted me. I have no victory but what He has afforded and granted to me. I have nothing, and yet He turns my nothing into something amazing daily! That’s the power of my King. All glory, honor, and praise belongs to Him.
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.” – 1 Samuel 2:8-9
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are nothing, to bring to nothing things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:25-31
“For though I (Paul) would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:6-10T
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” – Zechariah 4:6-7
”And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” – Luke 4:8