Today’s reading is from 1 Samuel 20 – 22…
“Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.” 1 Samuel 22:23 (KJB)
This utter hatred for David in King Saul began due to Saul’s rebellious heart (1 Samuel 15:10-23). Because of that rebellion God gives the kingdom to another, who is David. Rebellion against God. Jealousy against the “Better man”. Let us learn.
Saul has cowered in fear because of a giant, and turns with rage against one of his own who has done nothing more than be his faithful servant.
In the first two verse of chapter 22 we read of the type of men who served with David and followed him – people in distress, people in debt and could not pay, and the discontented. They were not the rich and famous of the time. Kind of reminds me of the people who followed Jesus.
Abiathar was a priest who had ran for his life from Nob. There Saul and his men had murdered all the priests and their families, because he suspected; out of his jealous rage; that they had turned against him, and served David (1 Samuel 22:19). He has now found David and he gives him sanctuary, safety, and security.
Since David is a progenitor 0f Jesus Christ coming in His first advent, then we do no harm in saying that in this David shows a heart like Jesus Christ, and is Christ like in his act; this one and many others.
Let us who are followers of Jesus realize that in Him there is sanctuary, safety, and security; and in no other. I can almost hear Jesus say, “Stay with Me; do not fear.” You can call on His name. He will hear you. He will give you sanctuary, safety, and security from all your sin, and from all your fears.