1 Samuel 22 - 23:12
Psalms 52, 57, 142,
Today, is a perfect example of why I love my Chronological Bible.
To be able to read the Psalms David penned,
nestled within the events of his life
gives such new meaning.
And today, I am particularly fascinated.
For yesterday, we read Psalm 34,
which we now know that David must have written on the run!
He begins this way...
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
One might typically read these verses,
and assume that David's life is carefree and uneventful.
When on the contrary...
it was written at the beginning of a difficult time for David.
For we have witnessed a change in Saul.
He has becomes increasingly
hateful, jealous and threatening toward him.
And today, we begin by reading...
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
Still, David begins with his confidence in God.
It isn't until the fourth line that we even know his life has been upset..
Let us look back, just a bit,
to see the progress of what has happened
that has sent David on the run.
And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand, as at other times; but there was a spear in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the spear, for he said,
“I will pin David to the wall!”
But David escaped his presence twice.
1 Samuel 18:10-11
Now the distressing spirit from the Lord came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence; and he drove the spear into the wall.
So David fled and escaped that night.
1 Samuel 19:9-10
Saul also sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.”
So Michal let David down through a window.
And he went and fled and escaped.
1 Samuel 19:11-12
So David fled and escaped, and went to Samuel at Ramah...
1 Samuel 19:18
Then David fled from... Ramah, and went and said to Jonathan...
1 Samuel 20:1
Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul...
1 Samuel 21:10
David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam.
1 Samuel 22:1
Now the prophet Gad said to David,
“Do not stay in the stronghold;
depart, and go to the land of Judah.”
So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.
1 Samuel 22:5
All of this running... fleeing.
And somewhere in his lonely times,
David has the presence of mind to stop... and worship;
to write down his deepest thoughts and prayers offered up to God
And now that we know he is not snug in his bed,
or safely kneeling beside it to pray these prayers...
it brings to life how desperate these cries are to God.
And the words of praise
all the more valuable
as they are given by a heart that is weary and afraid.
My soul is among lions;
I lie among the sons of men
Who are set on fire,
Whose teeth are spears and arrows,
And their tongue a sharp sword.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let Your glory be above all the earth.
Psalm 57: 4-5
Here we find David in this cave.
And somewhere outside,
he senses the presence of Saul and his bloodthirsty mob,
drooling like lions who hunt their prey.
Their teeth are sharp as weapons,
their words a sword that cuts deep.
And yet... almost without taking another breath,
David turns his words... a praise to God.
I wonder if it was sung aloud,
echoing off the walls of this cave?
For do not forget, David is a musician
and these songs to be sung.
They say that music calms the savage beast.
Maybe David calmed his roaring heart as it pounded in fear,
with the music he could hear in his head.
And he penned...
some of the most encouraging words
of the Psalms we read today.
I have need to remember this.
To try this very same technique when calamity befalls me
and I am afraid.
It's not wrong to cry out to God,
to voice our fears and complaints.
But what a heart we can strive to emulate
as we offer up a sacrifice of praise.
Word of God,
train me, today...
to know You with a heart like David, trusting You even in the hard times,
to never neglect to Praise You, no matter my circumstance.
what a beautiful heart David had.
Steadfast and ever singing praises;
even in the midst of his tumultuous trials.
Create in me a heart like this.
One that always remembers to trust in You,
to honor You,
to worship You
more than circumstances I face.
One that remembers under Your wings
I may take refuge...
in the secret and holy place of Your presence,
where holy cherubim stand guard.
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