2020-3-10

1 Samuel 22:1-23;  23:1-29

David had gone through much turmoil in his life to the point he is now hiding in a cave   Many of his friends and family had found him and eventually there were 400 or so under his command
Later David was told by the prophet to return to Judah.  Davis most likely knew Saul was waiting and feared the outcome of his return but obeyed anyway
As we read through chapter 23, we see Saul searching for David and coming close but never did encounter his army.  Once just being separated by a mountain !   Then as Saul is about to bear down on David, he receives word that the Philistine army is attacking and he departs and ends his pursuit of David to defend against the Philistines

I have read some of the cross references to the Psalms that David wrote during this time.  Psalm 57 was written while he was hiding from Saul in the cave
“Have mercy on me, my God,  have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge”
Every time we see David in trouble, we see him cry out for God’s grace, for His mercy , for His protection, for his peace !  And we God has delivered him, David sings out his praises
” Be exalted, O God, above the heavens: let you glory be over the earth”
Can we be like David and learn to cry out for God’s mercy and grace.  Can we learn to trust him regardless of what is going on around us or who is in chase ?
As each of you read through these two chapters I encourage you to read Psalm 57 along with David
If you too find yourself hiding in a cave, cry out to Him for mercy and be obedient to his calling.

“I will praise you among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples”
—- Bill Burgan

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