Today’s reading is: 1 Sam. 26-29; 1 Chr. 12:1-7,19; Psa. 56
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Six
- The Ziphites betray David’s location to King Saul yet again (1st Sam. 26:1; cf. 1st Sam. 23:19ff.).
- David’s spies keep him informed of Saul’s movements, and his forces are able to shadow Saul’s forces (1st Sam. 26:2-5).
- David sneaks into Saul’s camp in order to obtain evidence of his own innocence.
- He invites a companion to go with him, and Abishai steps forward (1st Sam. 26:6).
- Abishai does not know David’s intent, and volunteers to assassinate Saul (1st Sam. 26:7,8).
- David has to teach Bible class once again about not striking the Lord’s anointed (1st Sam. 26:9-11; cf. 1st Sam. 24:6-7).
- David takes Saul’s spear, and the jug of water by his head, and returns to his hideout (1st Sam. 26:12a).
- The Lord had provided for this opportunity for David & Abishai through a Divine sleep upon Saul’s soldiers (1st Sam. 26:12b).
- David calls out a challenge to Abner, and highlights Abner’s faithlessness to protect the king (1st Sam. 26:13-16).
- Saul then understands David’s faithfulness in not taking his life (1st Sam. 26:17-24).
- David departs from Saul’s presence, at peace with Saul (1st Sam. 26:25), but not returning to Saul’s service as formerly (cf. 1st Sam. 19:7). Forgiveness does not equal return to former circumstances. Bygones may be bygones, but once they go by there may be no going back.
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Seven
- A period of time comes in David’s life when his life as a fugitive produces a carnal mental attitude (1st Sam. 27:1).
- He mentally accepts his eventual death at the hands of Saul.
- He views a number of possible temporal-life circumstances, and selects what he believes to be the “best.”
- David’s second sojourn in the land of the Philistines comes as the Captain of an elite mercenary force (1st Sam. 27:2,3,5-7).
- Achish, king of Gath, accepts David’s mercenary service.
- Achish appoints David as the Philistine Prince of Ziklag.
- David has to lie to Achish in order to prove his loyalty to Achish (1st Sam. 27:8-12). He has to massacre all the witnesses to his activity, though, to cover his tracks.
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Eight
- The Philistines unite their city-states once again for a combined war against Israel (1st Sam. 28:1a).
- Achish makes it clear to David that he will be a participant in the war against his own people, and David eagerly consents (1st Sam. 28:1b,2).
- Saul is so desperate for Divine guidance that he uses Satanic methods in an attempt to obtain it (1st Sam. 28:37).
- The Lord actually allows for a communications channel to be opened with Samuel in Sheol, and Samuel delivers one final Bible class after his physical death (1st Sam. 28:8-19).
- Saul responds to his Divine rebuke with fear & trembling, and then he enjoys the witch’s hospitality (1st Sam. 28:20-25).
1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Nine
- The Lord steps in and overrules David’s negative volition.
- The other Philistine Lords are displeased with David’s presence, and order Achish to dismiss David from the pending war (1st Sam. 29:3-5).
- Achish defended David to the Philistine commanders, and lamented having to relieve David of duty (1st Sam. 29:3,6-10).
- David protests his dismissal, and desires to serve Achish in battle.
- The Lord’s timing, however, is perfect for David, because it returns David to Ziklag in time to pursue the Amalekites (1st Sam. 30).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twelve
- In Chapter 12, Ezra chronicles the blessings of God upon David, even before he became King over all Israel.
- Men joined David at Ziklag during his Philistine exile (1st Chr. 12:17; 1st Sam. 27:17).
- Men joined him in the wilderness strongholds (1st Chr. 12:8-18; 1st Sam. 22:2; 1st Sam. 23:14). Considered to be in distress, in debt, and discontent, these men are actually great heroes.
(Chapter Twelve continues tomorrow)
- David composes the Psalm as an expression of gratitude for the Lord’s deliverance from the Philistines.
- Regardless of human (demonic) activity against us, we can rejoice in the grace of God (Ps. 56:1).
- Believers have the faith in God’s deliverance, as a provision against fear (Ps. 56:3,4,11).
- Believers have faith in God’s limits—the extent to which we must suffer and cry (Ps. 56:8).
- Believers must walk in the light of life, giving praise to God for each victory over darkness (Ps. 56:12,13).