David was encouraged by the Lord his God

1 Samuel 30:1-13, 15-18

David again stepped aside from his right position, and went over to Achish the Philistine king, who received him kindly. War soon arose against Israel, and David was expected to march against his own people. When we walk by sight and not by faith, we are sure to be placed in embarrassments ere long, and so was David! Out of this difficulty the Lord delivered him, for the Philistine lords distrusted him, and therefore Achish sent him back to Ziklag, the city which he had allotted to him as his dwelling-place; but the Lord took care to chasten him, for on his return to Ziklag a sad scene awaited him.

1 Samuel 30:4

A sad sight to see strong men weep like women, but who would not do so in such a case.

1 Samuel 30:5, 6

Some time before, he had said, “There is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines,” but having proved the vanity of all human helps, he turns unto the Lord his God. How different from Saul, who at this time was looking to Satan for aid, and consulting the witch of Endor.

1 Samuel 30:7

It was well that David kept the priest and the ephod always near him, or they would have been carried off with the rest. Whatever we lose, let us hold fast to Christ and his word.

1 Samuel 30:8

David proved that the God of truth may be trusted, and that the heart which waits upon the Lord will be comforted.

1 Samuel 30:9, 10

They were not all equally strong, neither are all the followers of the Lord Jesus equally full of grace. Yet our great leader is full of tenderness, and does not disdain to give the feeblest a share of the spoil.

1 Samuel 30:13

Servants are to be cared for in their sickness. Only a heathen master would desert his servant because of illness.

1 Samuel 30:15-18

Thus faith was honoured, and the clouds of trouble poured forth showers of mercy. To our faith the same blessings shall be granted.

 

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