Scripture Reading: I Samuel 20-23

“And David remained in the stronghold in the wilderness, in the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God did not give him into his hand.” (I Samuel 23:14)

This verse summarizes what happens in chapters 20 through 23. Saul out of his anger, jealousy, and envy sought to kill David. Saul’s son, Jonathan, warned David about Saul’s plan to kill him (20:1-42). He helped David escape, and when Saul found out he became angry with his son and sought to kill him as well.

David fled and sought help from the priests of Nob (21:1-9). Unfortunately, Saul found out about this. David escaped, but Saul had the priests of Nob slain. Saul pursued David everyday, but God protected him (23:14).

David was very much aware of the fact that God was protecting him. He knew that God had not given him into Saul’s hand. David wrote about his experiences of God’s protection in Psalm 31 — “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame; in Your righteousness deliver me! Incline Your ear to me; rescue me speedily! Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me! For You are my rock and my fortress; and for Your name’s sake You lead me and guide me; You take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for You are my refuge. Into Your hands I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God” (Psalm 31:1-5).

Do you recognize these words from Psalm 31:5? The greater David, Jesus Christ, spoke these words while he was on the cross. He committed His spirit to His heavenly Father and entrusted Himself into His care. On the third day after His death, He rose victoriously. Now Jesus is our Rock of Refuge. He is our strong fortress. When we face danger and the uncertainties of life, we can commit our spirits to Him who is our Lord, our faithful God.

Lord Jesus, You are my rock and my fortress. You lead and guide me and You are my refuge in times of trouble. You have delivered me many times and I know that You will continue to do so. You are my Redeemer, my Lord, and my faithful God.


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