After David acted totally mad, he slipped out of Gath, once more a man on the run.
1 Samuel 22:1 – David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father’s house heard it, they went down there to him.
If we want to know how David felt, all alone, except for God being right there with him, read Psalm 142.
Psalm 142 – I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord, I make my supplication. (Verse 2) I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. (Verse 3) When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk, they have secretly set a snare for me. (Verse 4) Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. (Verse 5) I cried out to You, O Lord, I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” (Verse 6) “Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I.” (Verse 7) “Bring my soul out of prison that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”
I don’t know exactly how old David was at this time, but I imagine he is still very young. He’s in a cave all alone and feeling very desperate. Yet in the midst of all this, David has not lost sight of the One who can deliver him. God is the only one who could look deep in David’s soul and give him what he needs, family. God is still sovereign. David was brought to a place where God could begin to shape and restore his life.
David may have wanted to be left alone, but we see in the first verse all his brothers, father, and the entire household, come into this cave where David is.
1 Samuel 22:2 – And everyone who was in distress, everyone in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.
That cave got mighty crowded! Wow! All those who were distressed, under pressure, in debt, couldn’t pay their bills, discontented – bitterness of soul, came to join David. The land was aching under Saul’s rule. He had overtaxed the people. He had mistreated them because he was mad (crazy) and the people would pay the consequences.
God was working in all this because before long these men would be known as “David’s mighty men of valor.” David not only turned his life around but all these that followed. David accepted the situation and made the best of it. This was no coincidence that these men showed up. They were driven there by God to fall in with His master plan.
David became a sort of Robin Hood. These men may have showed up unskilled in every area except complaining, but they became disciplined, courageous fighters.
David was also teaching them about the Lord as they learned to fight. Psalms 57 and 34 were written around this time. David taught his men about his God.
Do others around you know you are a follower of Christ? Do you have to tell them, or do they know by your actions?
The only way God can change a heart is for us to admit to Him that we cannot do it on our own. We need Him. David was hurting and admitted this to God. God needs us to pour our hearts out to Him. Tell Him your fears and hurts. David cried out for help and God came. Some people seldom admit to anyone that they need help let alone admit it to God.
Here’s a key thought: We have to be willing to learn what God is about to teach us. We humble ourselves under the “Might Hand of God!” David turned that lonely, desolate cave into a fighting ground for the future. We can do the same.
Jesus left the splendors of heaven to come and rescue a people who were emotional train wrecks, hopeless, dismal, and unable to save themselves, you, and me.
Always remember; the conversion of a soul is but a miracle of the moment, but the making of a saint. God isn’t about to give up on us when we don’t get it the first time. He paid too high a price for you! So don’t ever think He is not with you or for you. If we are willing to learn, He is able to teach and train us in the way we should go.
When we need someplace to go because life has just plain worn us out, remember, the Lord is our refuge—always. He will renew your strength to accomplish the task at hand. David wrote in Psalm 31:1 – “In Thee, O Lord, I have taken refuge.”
Refuge in Hebrew term speaks of a protective place, a place of safety and security.
We know that place today as Jesus, my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress, my Stronghold, and my High Tower, so much more than we can ever imagine.