David always knew that the presence of God was with him.
- While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this perfume on my
body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Matthew 26:6-13)
Similarly to David, the woman with the alabaster jar hosted the presence of God. Even though we do not know much more about her, we discuss and admire her actions to this day.
We need to be careful of a religious spirit and of familiarity. We can do this by learning to dismantle our pride. David could have pursued his enemy in his own strength without inquiring of God. We also need to be careful of the people we associate with. Do not surround yourself with those who give advice based on their religiosity or familiarity. When you seek to be an honorable host of God’s presence, you can never go wrong. David gained back everything that he lost because God’s presence was with him.