|Thursday: 1 Samuel 29
We rejoin David today and in this chapter I saw something that I’d never seen before.
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Saul is leading the Israelites. Saul is scared of the Philistines, he consults a medium because of that fear.
Where is David?
I couldn’t quite believe it, but David is with the Philistines. He’s actually coming against Saul, the King of Israel. You know the same Philistines whose champion, Goliath, David killed. David is now with them. You can see this in chapter 29, but he joins them at the beginning of chapter 27
Chapter 27:1 But David kept thinking to himself, “Someday Saul is going to get me. The best thing I can do is escape to the Philistines. Then Saul will stop hunting for me in Israelite territory, and I will finally be safe.2 So David took his 600 men and went over and joined Achish son of Maoch, the king of Gath.
But we rejoin David and the Philistines in chapter 29 and the Philistine commanders have decided they don’t want David coming with them to fight Israel at Jezreel. So they ask Achsish to send David and his men back:
So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you. 7 Now turn back and go in peace; do nothing to displease the Philistine rulers.”
In the midst of David being pursued by Saul he is still known as someone who is reliable and servant hearted, with little fault. We see another good trait in David’s character here: We know he is a leader but he is also willing to be led as he listens to Achish’s plea to return.
As a Christian, are you someone who is known as reliable, a servant, if you’re able to lead, are you also be able to be led?
Have a great day