David runs to the cave of Abdullah. His brothers and all his father’s house come to him and “everyone who was discontented gathered to him”. David says to the Lord, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge”. A man of the Lord, David, now becomes a refuge for ones in distress. There is something about a person who is trusting in the Lord that draws others to them. The Lord hears David’s prayers and He protects David and the others by sending them mighty warriors from the tribe of Gad who say, “We are on your side, O son of Jesse! …For your God helps you”. This is good news bc Saul is still trying his best to kill David.
Doeg told Saul how Ahimelech, the priest, helped David. Saul repaid Ahimelech’s kindness to David with murder. Doeg kills 85 priests and the entire city of Nob in response to Saul’s jealousy. One of Ahimelech‘s sons, Ahitub, escapes and seeks refuge with David. David writes in Psalm 52, “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually…You love evil more than good…God shall likewise destroy you forever”.
There will come a day when the Lord will put an end to evil forever. (Rev 21:1-8) But today in the Story David is still on the run from evil. After he saves the town of Keilah from the Philistines, David finds out that Saul is coming after him. Tomorrow David has an opportunity to kill Saul. Will he take it? Keep reading to find out.
(1 Samuel 22:1-2, Psalm 57, Psalm 142, 1 Chronicles 12:8-18, 1 Samuel 22:3-23, Psalm 52, I samuel 23:1-12)