1 Samuel 21:10-15 & Psalm 34

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10 That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. 11 But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:
“‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?”
12 David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. 13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.
14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”

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Psalm 34

Of David. When he pretended to be insane…

1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. 14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; 16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth. 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; 20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. 22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
My Thoughts
This Psalm is different from the last one. This Psalm describes who God is and how He engages with people. The other 2 psalms that David wrote while fleeing from Saul are pleas for help; they are petitions to God for help and retribution. It seems to me that David is starting to feel safe in God again, he is settling down and realising that God is protecting him even though his life circumstances don’t seem to reflect this view. There are some lines in this Psalm that are profound; they are worth remembering and meditating on. Find a quiet space and let these thoughts work in your heart:
• I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
• Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
• Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him
• The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
• Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Think about what it means to pursue peace)
• The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned

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