Bound in the Bundle of Life

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Bound in the bundle of life?”

I discovered this phrase in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel, chapter 25. The text reads, “Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God . . .”

To be bound in the bundle of life is to know that you are protected and cared for deeply. When valuable items were transported during biblical times, they were wrapped in cloth, cotton and other soft materials for protection. They were then wrapped again and again to ensure safe arrival.

These words “bound in the bundle of life” came from a wise woman named Abigail who was trying to protect David from ruining his future. David was about to kill Nabal for insulting him, but Abigail’s reminder of God’s value and protection over him gave David the inner strength to leave the matter in God’s hands.

David faced many difficult days ahead, but it was all was part of God’s plan to prepare a king. As I look back on my own life I see difficult circumstances and relationships as a part of God’s sovereign plan to prepare me for what I am doing today. If I had resisted or taken matters into my own hands, I would never have been granted the privilege of starting Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre, Lamplighter Moments, and now, the Lamplighter Guild. I have learned, and hopefully will continue to learn, that my life has been “bound in the bundle of life with the Lord [my] God.” Consider these wise words of Abigail today, and ask yourself, is a bitter and vengeful spirit forcing God’s plans for you to be postponed?

Making ready a people prepared for the Lord,
Mark Hamby


  • Dakota

    I did a quick search to find a definition for this verse, as my life application bible did not cover it. The 6 prior entires were just the verse, thank you for this concise definition and guidance.