Then David and his men, about six hundred, arose and left Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the pursuit. David stayed in the wilderness in strongholds, in the hill country of the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul searched for him every day, but God did not hand David over to him. – 1 Samuel 23:13-14
Saul was the king. He had all the money, power, and control he wanted. But that would not be enough. His envy led to a jealousy that revealed the smallness of his heart. Without the Spirit, his character deteriorated to a level of depravity reminiscent of a later royal despot, Herod the Great. He became a pathetic, paranoid person, jealous of the harp-playing shepherd boy.
“Thy statutes,” said David, “have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” Brother! there hath no sorrow befallen thee but what thy noble ancestors have celebrated in cheery tones, and set to music in cheerful strains. Oh, beloved! if you could forget the statutes, can you ever fail to remember the songs? There has never been a revival in the church that has not witnessed to the value of our psalmody. God be praised for our psalms and spiritual songs. Oh, how often they have made melody in our hearts to the Lord! While our voices blend, do not our very souls become more and more richly cemented? They are, in truth, the pilgrim’s solace. – Charles Spurgeon
Oh the Spiritual and emotional ground that fear can steal.
Gaining Baptism is possible, even for a wicked person; so also the gift of prophecy. A wicked man can have communion in the Body and Blood of the Lord; That is why it is said: “Whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 11: 27 – 29). An evil person can bear the name of Christ and be called Christian; Yet, it is said of him: “He profaned My holy name” (see Ezekiel 36: 20). But it is not possible to have love, and be evil! As love is a special gift. – St. Augustine
You have called Christians to persevere in faith in the midst of unjustified persecution. The consequences of unjustified personal suffering do not mean that You have turned away from us in our sufferings. On the contrary, such sufferings can bring us to a more intimate and meaningful relationship with You when we unite our sufferings to the unjustified sufferings of Your Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Send Your Holy Spirit to guide us, Lord, as we study the sufferings of David as he persevered in faith and placed his destiny in Your hands despite the persecution inflicted by Saul and David’s many hardships living as an outlaw. We pray in the name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.