I Samuel 24:5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt. 6 And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.
David’s heart smote him. His heart hit or struck him. He felt like he was having a heart attack when he cut off part of Saul’s robe. He did something that was wrong for an Israeli to do to their king. He had indirectly attacked the king, the anointed of the Lord.
The first observation I have is that the king of Israel was known as the anointed. Bear that in mind when you try to make a comparison of the king and a pastor. Pastors often think of themselves as someone that shouldn’t be touched. They are, possibly, taking this truth about a king out of context.
Secondly, I notice that David is convicted of having done something wrong. His conscience is bothered. I think that it is good to be sensitive to our heart especially when we know we are doing something that God has commanded us not to do.
If you have a spiritual heart attack, maybe you should pay attention to it. Perhaps you should consider what you are doing when your heart smites you!
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