What a Woman Will do for a Man
When a woman loves a man, she will do things you cannot imagine: She will rise early and stay up late, work her fingers to the bone, and take issue with anyone who comes between her and her man. One example of a woman who loved her husband is the story of Michal, the daughter of King Saul, who was married to David, the man who would one day succeed her father as king. In 1 Samuel 19, there is a story of how Saul in his jealousy, orders men to surround the house of his daughter and David, to capture David and have him killed. Michal, the wife of David, learns of the plot and helps him to escape late at night. Michal chooses her husband over the jealousy of her father. Let us read a portion of how David escaped the killers that is recorded in 1 Samuel 19:
11 Saul sent messengers to David’s house to keep watch over him, planning to kill him in the morning. David’s wife Michal told him, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” 12 So Michal let David down through the window; he fled away and escaped. 13 Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed; she put a net of goats’ hair on its head, and covered it with the clothes. 14 When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” 15 Then Saul sent the messengers to see David for themselves. He said, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” 16 When the messengers came in, the idol was in the bed, with the covering of goats’ hair on its head. 17 Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go; why should I kill you?’ ”  (1 Samuel 19)
Psalm 59 is said to be what David wrote as he reflected on the men who surrounded his house to kill him. It is a Psalm of praise, but also a prayer for deliverance. David knows men have been dispatched by his father in law to take his life. David is trying his best to convince Saul that he is supportive and working for him, and not against him. Because of the love of his wife, Michal, David survives the attempt on his life. As we read Psalm 59, I encourage you to put yourself in the mindset of David as he gives praise to God for his protection.
Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him.
1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from those who work evil;
from the bloodthirsty save me.
3 Even now they lie in wait for my life;
the mighty stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,
4 for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Rouse yourself, come to my help and see!
5 You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.
Awake to punish all the nations;
spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah
6 Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
7 There they are, bellowing with their mouths,
with sharp words on their lips—
for “Who,” they think, “will hear us?”
8 But you laugh at them, O Lord;
you hold all the nations in derision.
9 O my strength, I will watch for you;
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love will meet me;
my God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11 Do not kill them, or my people may forget;
make them totter by your power, and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
let them be trapped in their pride.
For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13 consume them in wrath;
consume them until they are no more.
Then it will be known to the ends of the earth
that God rules over Jacob. Selah
14 Each evening they come back,
howling like dogs
and prowling about the city.
15 They roam about for food,
and growl if they do not get their fill.
16 But I will sing of your might;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been a fortress for me
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love. 
Questions for Reflection:
- Psalm 59 is said to be written when King Saul surrounded his house with assassins poised to kill him. What are your thoughts about how Michal, the wife of David and daughter of Saul, protected David?
- In the context of 1 Samuel 19, where Michal protects David, what are your thoughts about the words of Praise David utters in Psalm 59?
Prayer: Lord, I give the praise to you. You are my strength. You are my protection. When the walls of life seemed to strangle options and choices are limited, you open doors that I can not open for myself. I thank you for the people in my life who have my interest, who want to see me survive, who pray and hope for my success. Thank you, Jesus, for bringing people into my life who love me and care for me. Lord, you are my joy. Lord, you are my hope. Lord, you are my reason for living and the life I live. In Jesus name. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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