David dwells with Achish the Philistine.

1 Samuel 27:1-12

After multiple attempts on David’s life by Saul, he finally decided to escape to the land of the Philistines, since he was sure Saul would not come seeking him there for fear of the Philistines. So David went to Achish, the king of Gath. Although no details were given, am really surprised at how Achish welcomed David to stay with him, up to the extent of providing him a special city to stay in Ziklag. Let’s remember that this David killed Goliath, the Philistine, and also at a point in time was seen by the same Achish behaving like a mad man, with Achish declaring he did not need more of such men around him (1 Sam 21:11-15). So definitely, he one way of the other gained favour in the sight of Achish and shelter was provided him from Saul, as he stayed there for a year and four months.

While staying with Achish, David went to attack the Geshurites, Gezrites and Amalekites. He destroyed them all and spoiled them. He in a way completed the work Saul did not when he went to war against the Amalakites. However, on returning from his exploits, when asked by Gath, he said he went against the south of Judah, Jerahmeelites, and against the south of the Kenites, as he knew if he told Achish the truth he would be in danger of being expelled. So Achis beleieved him and though that David had made his own people to hate him, and so would be his servant forever.

One thing I liked about the description here was the fact that it was natural and nothing was hidden. David clearly reacted in fear of what could happen if he told Achish the truth about his whereabouts. This is not justifiable, and as commented by Matthew Henry, it is one of the things David himself usually mention in his meditations and prayers, when he says, ‘remove me from the way of lying’. It was indeed a difficult way he walked, resulting in the awkward position he found himself, and he just needed to depend on God’s mercy for such a way.

No matter the situation you are in, always trust God and put him first. Even when you have failed him, turn to him for he is there when you trust in him. When we seek him truly we shall find him, and then we would know that he loves us still, he loves us despite us, and he wants to be our God.

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