Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

David the Man – Day 1

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Week Three – Day 1 – Read 1 SAMUEL 21:10-13 (ESV)  SOAP I Samuel 21:12-13WK3D1

Take Heart –

10 And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances, ‘Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands’?” 12 And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard.

O – David takes refuge in the house of the Lord (v. 1 – 9) and talks to Ahimelech, the priest.  He lies to the priest, telling him that his men were nearby.  He needs food, and the only food there was the consecrated bread (the old bread that had been removed from the table before the Lord).  Again, David is deceptive, but takes the bread the priest gave him.  He also walked away with Goliath’s sword, which was being kept there.  That was the only weapon available.  Next, David travels to Philistine country – even to the hometown of Goliath, in Gath.  He went to the king of Gath.   (that was very daring, or very stupid of him, to go to Goliath’s hometown, carrying Goliath’s sword, after having killed Goliath!)  The king’s servants recognized him – repeating the song that everyone had been singing “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands” – the one that everyone sang after Goliath had been killed.  SO – David was afraid!  Well, yes!   He had walked into enemy’s territory – and with his enemy’s sword – to his enemy’s king!  What did David do?  Call out to the Lord?   Run away?  No, he pretended to be insane, even frothing at the mouth.    He was “in their hands” – giving the impression that he had been captured by them.  The king wanted him removed – due to his insanity.   It is interesting to note that David returned to Achish, the king, again (I Sam. 27) and was given the city of Ziklag to live there.   But it is also interesting to note that the king thought to himself….  “he has become so odious to his people , the Israelites, that he will be my servant forever.”  (I Sam. 27:12)

A – What is the application to this confusing series of events?  Was David acting out of fear – or out of trust because of communion with the Lord?  Why did he lie?   Was he being deceptive – or clever?  Why did he take Goliath’s sword and walk into enemy territory, almost flaunting his conquest?  Why did he pretend to be insane?  Was he acting out of fear – or again, being clever?  My study Bible (NIV Study Bible) directed me to Psalm 34 in the notes section.  It again, is interesting to note that the beginning of Psalm 34 states.  “of David.  When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.”    That brought to mind the song that my church used to sing years ago, “Let Us Exalt His Name Together” – taken directly from Psalm 34.    “Let us Exalt His name together, forever.  I sought the Lord, He heard me, and delivered me from my fears.  Let us Exalt His name together, forever.  Oh sing His praises , magnify the Lord.”

Again – what is the application?   I think – that whatever the circumstances – to exalt the Lord.  To seek Him.  To rest on Him.  While the passage in I Samuel is confusing as to David’s actions (and reactions) – the psalm written shows what is going on inside – in his heart.  The psalm says that “I will extol the Lord at ALL times…..  let the afflicted hear and rejoice…..  He delivered me from all my fears….  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers them… blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him…. Those who fear Him lack nothing…. Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing…. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry….  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and save those who are crushed in spirit… a righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all….”  ( all taken from Psalm 34 – NIV)

God does not promise easy, or trouble-free.  He promises presence.  His presence.  He promises deliverance – to Him.  He promises protection from fear.  He promises attentive listening – and response.  He promises His closeness, His deliverance.   Not always removal.  But deliverance.  Victory – in the end.  How?   By extolling the Lord AT ALL TIMES!   At ALL times.  Not just the good ones.  The hard ones.  The sad ones.  The lonely ones.  The despairing ones.  The weak ones.  The troubled ones.  “The LORD redeems His servants.  No one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.”  (Ps. 34:22)  That was David’s ending.  The promise of redemption.  SO – Take Heart!!

P – Father God, thank You for this reminder, and the time spent in Your word today.  You brought me to another part of Your word that was so encouraging and uplifting.  It is comforting to be reminded of Your presence DESPITE my circumstances.  DESPITE what happens in my life.  YOU are in control.  You are present.  Help me to praise You at ALL times.  May Your praise be continually in my mouth.  Father, may I be reminded of this psalm – and to read it when I am discouraged.  Help me to cling to You at ALL times.  May my heart hold on to You – and cling to Your promises.   I remember Your presence in troubled times of my life.  You have never let me down.  You have never left or forsaken me.  You have ALWAYS been with me.  Thank You, dear Lord, for your precious presence.


Take Heart –

“Take Heart”
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

Let Us Exalt His Name – Together – .

At all times I will bless Him
His praise will be in my mouth
My soul makes its boast in the Lord
The humble man will hear of Him
The afflicted will be glad
And join with me to magnify the Lord

Let us exalt His name together, forever
I sought the Lord, He heard me
And delivered me from my fears.
Let us exalt His name together, forever
0 sing His praises magnify the Lord

The angel of the Lord encamps
Round those who fear His name
To save them and deliver them from harm
Though lions roar with hunger
We lack for no good thing
No wonder then we praise Him with our song

Repeat Chorus

Come children now and hear Him
If you would see long life
Just keep your lips from wickedness and lies
Do good and turn from evil
Seek peace instead of strife
Love righteousness and God will hear your cry

Repeat Chorus


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