This lesson continues our look at David as he fled from Saul. These were times of great trial, but as we see in the Psalms he penned at this time, David maintained his trust in the Lord.
When David fled to the cave of Adullam (1Samuel 22.1-5; Psalm 142)
After David escaped from the Philistines he fled to the cave of Adullam. There, all who were in distress rallied to David’s side. David’s plight was emphasized by the fact that he asked the king of Moab to give refuge to his parents. However, while the cave at Adullam was a stronghold, it could only provide temporary sanctuary. But David had a permanent refuge; he had the Lord! (Psalm 142)
When David fled to the wilderness (1Samuel 23.14; Psalm 63)
After Saul slew the house of Ahimelech the priest, David heard that the Philistines were fighting against the inhabitants of Keilah (23.1). At the Lord’s direction, David delivered Keilah from the Philistines (23.2-5). However, Saul heard of David’s exploits and sent his servants to capture David. Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord told him to flee because the men of Keilah would deliver him to Saul (23.9-13). David then fled into the Judean wilderness (23.14). In this dry and desolate place, David reflected on His God, the One he thirsted for (Psalm 63).
When David was betrayed by the Ziphites (1Samuel 23.19-29; Psalm 54)
While in the wilderness David’s closest friend, Jonathan, came and comforted him (23.15-18). However, there were others who remained loyal to Saul. The Ziphites sent word to the king that David was hiding in the wilderness (23.19-23) and Saul pursued him. Saul would have overtaken David had his attention not been diverted by the Philistines (23.24-28). The Lord had once again delivered His servant (Psalm 54).
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