David Part 17

David part 17

David is an Israelite, but he’s trying to make the Philistines think he is one of them, deception by pretending. Inside you’re a believer, but on the outside you want to look and act like the rest of the world.

1 Samuel 27:8, 9 –And David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites… (Verse 9) Whenever David attacked the land, he left neither man nor woman alive, but took away the sheep…

These were enemies of Israel, not the Philistines. Here’s the deception: In verse 11 when Achish would ask David where they raided that day David would be vague, he also lied. David would tell him that they raided against the southern area of Judah. He made it sound as if he were raiding and killing Israelites. David killed every male and female so that they couldn’t tell on him. I read nowhere that David asked God if that is what he should be doing.

Some of us forget this part of David’s life before he became king. Most only remember him marrying Bathsheba and having her husband killed.

I think God wanted us to know the good, the bad, and the ugly part of David, so we could learn from his mistakes. I also think God wants us to know He can use and turn anyone’s life around. Now back to David.

As David’s lifestyle changed, I believe he began to have inner turmoil, as we will when we start to backslide. We justify what we are doing.

At the beginning of chapter 29 in 1 Samuel, the Philistines are gathering their army to fight Saul and the Israelites. The princes of the Philistines were suspicious of David and didn’t want him or his men there. They confronted Achish and told him so.

In 1 Samuel 29:6-8 Achish tells David although he has been faithful and trusts him, he has to go. 1 Samuel 29:8, – Then David said to Achish, “But what have I done? And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”

The scripture doesn’t even mention that by Achish telling David to go, that it was saving him from killing God’s people. But it is clear that God could not allow David to go with the Philistines because he probably would have been killed.

So David and his men rose up early the next morning and headed home to Ziklag. That was a 3-day journey. When they got there, they found the city burned to the ground. After all, all the men of fighting age were with David and there were no men to protect the city. Remember the raids David had gone on, killing the Amalekites? This is who had kidnapped their women and children – pay back (1 Samuel 30:1-4).

David and his men wept until they couldn’t cry anymore, then the men turned on David and wanted to stone him. This was his fault!

1 Samuel 30:6 – Then David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons, and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Either now David is at a place where he jumps off into oblivion or he cries out to God. David went with God.

I’m sure we have all been in this place at one time or another in our Christian walk. Our situations may have not been this severe as having your town burned to the ground and your wife and children kidnapped, but it felt this bad. We begin to think back and ask ourselves, “When I was at that fork in the road, why didn’t I turn the other way?”

David had left God out of the equation for over a year and basically done what he wanted. He had gotten off track, but he’s about to get it right.

1 Samuel 30:8 – So David inquired of the Lord saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them? And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”

So David takes off with 600 men and come to the Brook Besor. Two hundred men stayed on one side of the brook because they were too weary to cross. David has 400 men with him and they ride on until they find a lone Egyptian lying sick in a field. He tells them he was with the Amalekites when they burned Ziklag. David and his men fed him and he regained his strength. Then the Egyptian took David to an overlook where they saw the Amalekites “partying down.”

1 Samuel 30: 17-19 – And David attacked them from twilight until evening of the next day. Not a man of them escaped, except 400 men who rode on camels and fled. (Verse 19) And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all.

David had to come to a place in his life that was so devastating he had nowhere to turn, but to the Lord. Our God wants us to know Him so well that we will never, ever, doubt that He won’t forgive and rescue us. God knows that we are going to get sidetracked occasionally. He also knows we get scared and fear will take hold. But, we have a promise that Jesus made, He will never leave us. Scripture says David had that same promise; His spirit would always be on him.

I don’t care how far you think you can run or how far you think you have sunk, listen for that still small voice, and let it become larger than life again! He loves you.

David Part 16

David part 16

 

We left off in part 15 when Abigail accepts David’s proposal. However, before David leaves town he also takes one more wife, Ahinoam of Jezreel. Saul had given his first wife, Michal, to another. (That’s trouble, right there.)

Before we start into chapter 27 of 1 Samuel, David is about to start a downward spiral into a pit. In this chapter, he doesn’t pray or talk to God; he doesn’t write any psalms either. David’s biggest mistake that we will see is he didn’t ask of God before making a decision, he only reasoned in his own heart.

1 Samuel 27:1 – And David said in his heart, “Now I shall perish someday by the hand of Saul. There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape to the land of the Philistines; and Saul will despair of me, to seek me anymore in any part of Israel. So I shall escape out of his hand.”

This is pessimistic reasoning – “I will perish.” Pessimistic reasoning continues focusing on the downside of the future, and prompts worry. A pessimist always sees the future as bleak.

Had not Samuel anointed him as the next king of Israel. Had Abigail not prophesied about when he would be king? Had not Jonathan assured him. So why was David now, ignoring the promises from God?

Pessimist’s eyes are on self! Pessimist’s thoughts are carnal. “Times are hard, God has deserted me.” “I’ll do what I think best, even if it’s wrong.” This is where David is, in his thinking. He was a believer on the inside but chose to disobey God and operate in the flesh. I think David was tired of running from Saul and thought it would never be over.

Can you relate to this, having to deal with the same problem year after year, and every morning, it’s still there. Let’s see what David does next.

1 Samuel 27:2, 3 – Then David arose and went over with six hundred men who were with him to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath. (Verse 3) So David dwelt with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each man with his household, and David with his two wives…

If we think we can compromise and it won’t affect our family and those around us, we need to think again. David didn’t go to Gath, where Goliath was from by himself, he took both his wives, and 600 men and they took their wives and household members.

All these people knew David. They had watched him in battle and he had always inquired of God and made wise decisions. Now they are going to live among the enemy of Israel. What’s up David?

I’ve told people for years, “If you lose your testimony in front of others, you may never gain their trust again.” You especially will lose the ones you are trying to influence for the kingdom. That’s why I won’t compromise even if it hurts others feelings. Some say I’m stubborn, well ya, I am.

1 Samuel 27:4 – And it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath; so he sought him no more.

Saul wasn’t going to go after David anymore. That gave David a false sense of security. Sin has its temporary pleasures. There will be times when we relax and enjoy disobedience because of those pleasures, but they are short-lived. Watch out, destruction is just around the corner. I know this from my own experience, so I feel qualified to give a strong warning – don’t compromise, even for a little while or in something small.

We can relate to what David is doing in this chapter to what we call today as “Backsliding!”

1 Samuel 27:5 – Then David said to Achish, “If I have now found favor in your eyes, let them give me a place in some town in the country that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?”

Then Achish gave David Ziklag to live in. Notice that David called himself servant to Achish. When we choose a disobedient lifestyle and start making decisions according to our flesh and not our spirit, we end up submitting to the enemies cause, just as David did. We’re told in verses 6 and 7 that David lived there a year and four months.

Living among the disobedient will rub off. When Abraham and Lot went their separate ways because their families grew too big to be together, Lot chose to go to Sodom. At first, he pitched his tent nearby, but before long was living in the city. Eventually, Lot became one of the elders who sat at the city gate. We all know what happened to Sodom. You cannot have a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of the old life. Before long, you will revert back to your old ways.

David stays in Gath sixteen months. Not one psalm was written during his stay.

David takes his men and goes out on raids. He raided the Geshurites, the Girzites, and the Amalekites. They killed all the men and women, but took away the sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels, and their apparel, and returned to Achish (1 Samuel 27:8, 9). Not once did David inquire of the Lord. He ended up doing the kings bidding. And because of David’s actions, Achish thought David was totally devoted to him and would be, forever (1 Samuel 27:12).

David Part 15

David part 15

1 Samuel 25:32 – Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!”

Perhaps this is another reason God had chosen David – he had a teachable spirit. His anger was turned aside immediately by what Abigail had said. Not only that but David and his men were hungry and when they saw what all she had brought, it would have been foolish to disregard it. David models humility here. May God forever keep us flexible and teachable.

1 Samuel 25:33-35: David thanks her for her advice and keeping him from killing every male that was under Nabal. Mission accomplished. David tells her that he respects her for her action and to go home in peace. And so she does, but when she arrives…

1 Samuel 25:36, 37 – Then Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was, holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; therefore she said nothing, little or much, until morning light. (Verse 37) So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. (Verse 38) Then it happened, after about ten days that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.

Hebrews 3:8 tell us: “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,… When you continually harden your heart to the things of God, it will become as hard as a stone, as Nabal’s did.

One of two things happened: Either he was so terrified that 401 men could have killed him and all his servants, or he was so mad that Abigail had intervened that he had a massive “Stroke!” It could have been a combination of both, but the Bible says, “God struck him.”

Have you ever been in a place and later find out something really bad had happened that you were totally unaware of? I have, and there is no explanation of how it but it didn’t touch me, except by the Hand of God.

Yes, David had slipped up and let his anger get the better of him, but Nabal was given a chance to do what was right. Abigail interceded for them both!

Then in verse 39, David realizes that God sent Abigail to keep him from committing murder. He then sent a marriage proposal to Abigail, which she accepts.

The Bible teaches us to act wisely when conflicts come. We aren’t to jump to conclusions until hearing both sides. And we are not supposed to make hasty decisions from the emotion or anger. If we pray for wisdom first, then we will make a wise decision. By me saying this, does it mean that I always make my decisions from wisdom? No, however, I’m working on it.

Another thing I learned from David’s experience: Take each conflict separately. The battle you may have won yesterday does not give us credit today to act like a jerk in another situation.

We need to learn from David also to “put the brakes on,” at times. We have to learn self-control. We can’t make a hasty decision because of panic or anger. David evidently learned this lesson well because he writes in Psalm 40, “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm

David Part 14

David part 14

Let me explain a little about what takes place when we are angry, as Saul has been towards David. When we left off in part 13, Saul had humbled himself to David and was sorry he tried to kill David for no reason.

Anger can paralyze us. Sometimes it comes in the form of irritation, blaming another, or blurting out something we wished later on that we hadn’t said. Anger is a learned reaction to frustration, in which we behave in ways we would rather not. You cannot disguise anger. It is on display for others to see. That’s why we are to practice “self-control.” Anger can easily become a habit, especially when we don’t get our way. I think we become temporarily insane when we are not in control of our behavior. In addition, this takes us back to David.

Background: Saul is still king. The majority of fighting for Israel is with his army. David on the other hand, has 600 men and is in Paran watching over the sheep of a large wealthy landowner. It was custom in that day that if you protected the shepherds from wild tribes, that when the wealthy owner went to sheer the sheep, the men would be paid a portion.

This is what David and his men have been doing in the wilderness of Paran. The Bible doesn’t say that David ever asked permission to even be on this man’s property, but nonetheless, he had been protecting Nabal’s men and sheep.

This man that the Bible describes as very rich is named Nabal. Nabal means “Fool.” In scripture, fool doesn’t mean simple-minded. It means that person says, “There is no God.” In verse 3 of chapter 25, we are told, he is a harsh man and evil in his dealings. That means he is also dishonest. Nabal was rich, demanding, deceptive, unfair, and said there is no God.

Now for his wife: (also in verse 30) Abigail was the opposite of her husband. She was intelligent and beautiful.

David and his men had been doing their voluntary work of protecting the field in Paran in the wilderness of Carmel. In fact, this is what the men who worked for her husband reported to Abigail.

1 Samuel 25:15, 16 – “But the men were very good to us, and we were not hurt, nor did we miss anything as long as we accompanied them, when we were in the fields.” (Verse 16) “They were a wall to us both by night and day all the time we were with them keeping the sheep.

In 1 Samuel 25:5 and 6, David sends ten men to Nabal in Carmel. Nabal is there shearing his sheep. David tells his men to greet Nabal in his name and with honor. Then they are to tell him all that David and his men have done in guarding his sheepherders and sheep. They are to ask for whatever he can give them. – payment (1 Samuel 25:7, 8).

What’s interesting is that David didn’t go himself. He sent 10 men instead and tells them to wait on what he offers to pay. There’s no way that Nabal has not heard of David or who he is. He knows he is to be the next king of Israel. However, Nabal says there is no God.

1 Samuel 25:10, 11 – Then Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each on from his master.” (Verse 11) “Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?”

Did you notice how Nabal answered David’s men, my water, my bread, my meat? Mr. Stingy Pants has no idea what is about to happen for treating David’s men this way.

However, remember how David responded with King Saul when he took the corner of his robe and David felt guilty? We are about to see what happens when anger leads to “temporary insanity.”

1 Samuel 25:12, 13 – “So David’s young men turned on their heels and went back and they came and told him (David) all these words. (Verse 13) Then David said to his men, “Every man gird on his sword.” So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies.

David had such patience with Saul. He waited on the Lord with Saul. He waited on the Lord to protect him, and refused to lift his hand to God’s anointed. So why do you think David reacts with over-kill now? Four hundred men with swords to go after one stingy man? How are the two situations different between how he acted towards Saul and Nabal? Both of these situations were a temptation to get revenge; to get back at the person in which had wronged David. Perhaps in one concerning Saul, he was superior, authority over David by being King and in this situation with Nabal; he was just a rich commoner.

In 25:14-17, one of Nabal’s young servants ran to Nabal’s wife, Abigail, and told her what had taken place. Notice that the young man went to Abigail and not Nabal. (Maybe the servant was hoping that David would kill his master.) But scripture says that Nabal wasn’t approachable. He was too mean to even talk to.

Abigail could have let David go ahead and kill that hateful husband of hers, but that is not what she chose to do.

1 Samuel 25:18, 19 – Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. (Verse 19) And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

Abigail intercedes literally, for her husband. All this was done without Nabal’s knowledge. Many servants must have prepared the food beforehand. After all, they were very rich and had a lot of mouths to feed for a large estate.

1 Samuel 25:20, 23 – (Verse 20) So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill; and there was David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them. (Verse 23) Now when Abigail saw David, she hastened to dismount from the donkey fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground.

This is the practical side of wisdom. She dismounted and fell on her face. All of Israel knew that David was to be the next king. If she knew, then why had her husband acted as if he didn’t?

From verse 24 through verse 28, Abigail refers to herself as maidservant and eight times, she calls David “my lord.” She begins to apologies for her husband. She tells David that his name, Nabal, fits who he is. She calls him a scoundrel. She also tells David she knows he’s to be the king and not to shed blood in this matter, the blame be on her.

Then she tells David that when the Lord has dealt with her husband and David is king over all Israel, not to forget her (1 Samuel 25:30, 31).

How could David resist that? First, she’s beautiful; has a boatload of food, enough to feed his army, and then tells David not to end up with a guilty conscience because he is going to become king.

Apart from the Bible, there is no handbook that tells us how to handle situations of this kind. Maybe our situations are not as intense but they seem that way to us. We can’t run off into a corner, hide, and let cobwebs grow around us.

God is creative when He delivers. He can put us back on our feet when we are determined. Our focus has to stay on Him, not the situation.

Have you ever taken up for someone who you know had wronged another? Have you ever made apologies for them? Were they grateful? Probably not. Too many times, we pass up an opportunity to stand in the gap for another.

We don’t like to make excuses for people who are despicable in their behavior, but maybe God is showing us a lesson here, using Abigail as an example.

David Part 13

David part 13

 

1 Samuel 24:8, 9 – David also arose afterward, went out of the cave, and called out to Saul saying, “My lord the king!”And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth and bowed down. (Verse 9) And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’?”

Most Christians think it best to just walk away without saying anything in their own defense. But, if you do the person won’t know the truth. This is what David did. He wanted Saul to know he hadn’t done anything wrong. If you never confront anything, then nothing ever gets settled. I’m not talking about confronting someone who has made up his or her mind not to listen to you or is violently angry. Keeping our mouths shut all the time is not being humble, nor does it make us a martyr. But let’s look how David does it.

1 Samuel 24:10, 11 – “Look, this day your eyes have seen that the Lord delivered you today into my hand in the cave, and someone urged me to kill you. But my eye spared you, and I said, “I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.” (Verse 11) “Moreover, my father see! For in that I cut off the corner of your robe, and did not kill you, know and see that there is neither evil nor rebellion in my hand, and I have not sinned against you. Yet you hunt my life to take it.” (Verse 12) May the Lord judge between you and me and may the Lord avenge me on you: but my hand shall not be against you.

This is not going to work in every situation where someone is trying to do harm to you. Unless you have deep ties to that person, more times than not, it won’t work. Sometimes what’s best for your own safety and well-being is to walk away and stay far from that person.

However, in dealing with Saul, look what happens.

1 Samuel 24:16-19 – So it was when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, “Is this your voice my son David?” And Saul lifted up his voice and wept.

Then Saul goes on to tell David he is more righteous than he is and may the Lord reward David with good for letting Saul live.

It is our responsibility to tell people the truth, but there is no guarantee it will make that person change, But, in this case, Saul melted before David because David spoke truth.

Then in verses 20 and 22, Saul tells David, now he knows that he will be king over all Israel. Saul had one promise that he wanted David to make, not to cut off his descendants after he was gone and not to destroy his name. David swore he would not, and then David and his men left.

We are not going to get through this life without being mistreated by someone at one time or another. When people make their decisions by their emotions, they respond in the treatment of others, like Saul. Call it what it is –sin.

Our response to mistreatment does not come naturally. Our first response is usually to strike back. However, if you treat people the way you want to be treated, at least you will have done what’s right.

When others are convincing you to fight or get revenge-refuse. When we hold resentment and become bitter against another, we place ourselves in bondage. We can make ourselves sick physically. The desire to get even with someone is probably the greatest temptation we will face, repeatedly. It doesn’t matter what it is, we need to forgive, for us. The more you focus and talk about what was done, the harder it will be to “let it go.”

I’m not talking about the military or national defense to protect this great country. I’m talking about an individual who does you harm and it makes you angry. We can’t do this by ourselves. We need Christ’s help, but you need to ask. It may take a while, but it’s for the best.

Bitterness can eat you up inside. God says, leave all that to Him (Romans 12:18-21). We will never regret forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it!

David Part 12

David part 12

David’s men grew to over 600. They heard that the Philistines were robbing the people in Keilah. After David inquired of the Lord, they went to Keilah, fought the Philistines, took their livestock, and saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

1 Samuel 23:8 – Then Saul called down to Keilah to besiege David and his men.

It wasn’t just King Saul that was after David, but the entire Israel army was committed to killing David.

1 Samuel 23:29 – Then David went up from there and dwelt in strongholds at En Gedi.

En Gedi was a perfect hideout for David and his men. There was fresh water springs, waterfalls, vegetation, and caves in the cliffs, high above the Dead Sea. This place also provided a perfect lookout where he could see for miles around to an enemy approaching. This is the place David is when Saul finishes a battle that had led him away from David, for a time.

1 Samuel 24:1-4 – Now it happened, when Saul had returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him saying, “Take note! David is in the wilderness of En Gedi.” (Verse 2) Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men on the Rock of the Wild Goats. (Verse 3) so he came to the sheepfold by the road, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to attend to his needs. (This is where David and his men were hiding.) (Verse 4) Then the men of David said to him, “This is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will deliver your enemy into your hand that you may do to him as it seems good to you.’” And David arose and secretly cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Saul was by himself, attending to business, and David’s men tell him that God has delivered Saul into his hands.

In temptation, just like this one, is where we can mess up, if not careful. Someone has done us wrong; we have an opportunity to get him or her back; do we take it? David only took a little proof of what he could have done to Saul.

Instead of gloating over what he had done, David became troubled, his conscience bothered him.

That’s the way we will know if we have yielded to a temptation-our conscience will begin to Naw at us.

Some would say, “What’s the big deal? My company made over a million dollars last year, I only took a few stamps or stationary, or whatever.” What the company has bought doesn’t belong to us. It’s called stealing.

David had cut off a piece of Saul’s robe and now began to feel guilty. Why do you think God put this in the Bible? Because, when you really want to follow God, Christ, you start to pay attention to every detail. Little things will start to bother you, and they should. Our conscience will bother us if we snap at someone. It’s when these “little things” don’t bother us anymore that we are sliding backwards.

1 Samuel 24:6 – And he (David) said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lords anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.

So, David declared to the men a “righteous principle.” Had Saul done wrong in trying to kill David? Yes. But, was it David’s job to make it right? No. That God’s job, to justify injustices. We do not take revenge, even in mocking, into our own hands (Romans 12:19).

1 Samuel 24:7 – So David restrained his servants with these words, and did not allow them to rise against Saul. And Saul got up from the cave and went on his way.

David’s men were watching him. Don’t ever think that people don’t know the difference between right and wrong, they do. People know exactly what they are doing. Some just choose to ignore their conscience.

When you are a person of integrity, you will make the wrong, right, especially if you are a child of the Most High. We have to watch what we say and do, not only in front of others, but when no one is watching. That’s authentic obedience to God.

David had confidence in God to protect him and make things right. This is not always easy to do. Our flesh wants to strike back when someone does us wrong. David’s son, Solomon, later wrote in Proverb’s 16:7 – When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

We don’t get people back’ we don’t plot against; and we certainly don’t run them down all the time to others. This is not pleasing to the Lord. We, as I, have to let God be God.

David Part 11

David part 11

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.