Let’s read 1 Samuel 22:1-2, Psalm 57, Psalm 142, 1 Chronicles 12:8-18, 1 Samuel 22:3-23, Psalm 52, and 1 Samuel 23:1-12 (it’s not as much as it looks like, my friend! You got this!). Anything stand out to you today? The Lord will always speak to our hearts if we purpose to listen!
David’s “mighty men” assemble today (1 Samuel 22:1-2) – that’s important to notice. IN this context, Psalm 57 and 142 really come to life. I love that when David goes into hiding, literally on the run for his life, he still sings God’s praise:
“I’m thanking you, God, out loud in the streets,
singing your praises in town and country.
The deeper your love, the higher it goes;
every cloud is a flag to your faithfulness” (Psalm 57:9-10 MSG)
Saul’s response to the priests was so disproportionate – he had 85 killed for the actions of 1? That one didn’t even betray him. When Saul commanded his henchmen to kill the priests, it should have been a wake-up call to him when they refused, a strong signal that this was a wrong move.
“The king ordered his henchmen, “Surround and kill the priests of God! They’re hand in glove with David. They knew he was running away from me and didn’t tell me.” But the king’s men wouldn’t do it. They refused to lay a hand on the priests of God” (1 Sam. 22:17 MSG)
Saul doesn’t take the cue. If we listen, God does try to get our attention.