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Sunday, January 6, 2013

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David has put himself into an impossible situation.   If only he had not run from Saul for safety to the Philistines!   If only he had stayed in Judah depending on the Lord to protect him once again!   But now it is difficult to see how he can save himself and his band of men and their families.


The Philistines are mobilizing for their attack on Israel and Achish says to David, “You must understand that you and your men will accompany me to help the Philistine army.”   David answers, “Then you will see for yourself what your servant can do.” (Ch. 28:1-2)   But he has no intention of attacking his own people.  How can he extricate himself from Achish’s expectations?                       


Again the Lord comes to his rescue through an unexpected development. As David and his men march with Achish at the rear of the Philistine armies, the army officers ask, “What about these Hebrews?” 


Achish answers, “He has been with me for over a year, and I have found no fault in him.”


But the commanders demand that Achish send David back.  So, with many apologies Achish asks him to return to Ziklag.  As David departs the next morning, it must have been with a great sense of relief.  The Lord had used the Philistine commanders to get him out of the line of battle!


David had his faults, just as we do.  Sometimes he wins victories by trusting in God .  Other times he is  defeated by not trusting  Him. The Lord is always merciful to those whose hearts are given to Him.  He can and will rescue those who are in difficulties by their own mistakes.


Ralph Neall

Retired Professor and Missionary