In the previous message we saw how King David lost everything – home, status, and dignity. He was being hunted by King Saul; to survive he fled to Gath, Goliath’s hometown. He jumped out of the frying pan into the fire, and had to live like a madman. How did David come out of this terrible situation?
The story continues in 1 Samuel 22:1-5 (MSG): David fled from the city of Gath and went to a cave near the town of Adullam. When his brothers and the rest of the family heard that he was there, they joined him. People who were oppressed or in debt or dissatisfied went to him, about four hundred men in all, and he became their leader. David went on from there to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Please let my father and mother come and stay with you until I find out what God is going to do for me.” So David left his parents with the king of Moab… Then the prophet Gad came to David and said, “Don’t stay here; go at once to the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.
David fled Gath; he ran for his life; and hid in a cave near Adullam. This place had numerous caves, it was easy to hide there; his family and other refugees also joined him. David was the last of 7 sons, his elderly parents must have found life in the cave difficult, so he took them to Moab the home of his great grandmother Ruth.
In the midst of all this catastrophe for David, he said to the king of Moab, help care for my parents “until I find out what God is going to do for me”. This is the incredible thing David did; he had 400 men under his command, they did not seek revenge on Saul, they did not become pirates, kidnappers, or a gang of thieves.
David wrote Psalm 18 during this time and says in verses 4-6 (NLT): “The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me. The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap… I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears.”
LORD – we see in Psalm 18, how heaven responded with great power to David’s incredible show of faith in the valley of death; in times of extreme difficulty, Lord respond to our prayers like you did for David, Amen!