While David was at Horesh in the Desert of Ziph, he learned that Saul had come out to take his life. And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this.” The two of them made a covenant before the Lord. Then Jonathan went home, but David remained at Horesh. 1 Samuel 23:15-18
David was a man after God’s own heart. Several times in 1 Samuel 23 he inquires of God with a specific question… and God answers!
“Should I go attack the Philistines?”
“Go, attack the Philistines.”
David’s men were not so sure about attacking the Philistines, so David asks again. “Did you say to attack these Philistines?
“Go attack the Philistines and save the people of Keilah.”
These were in the days that King Saul was looking to kill David. After saving the people of Keilah, David learns that Saul has heard and is coming to kill him, so David inquires of the Lord. ”Will the people of Keilah hand me over to Saul?”
David takes appropriate action, of course, because nobody wants to die an early death. What’s striking is this relationship David had with God where he asks questions and receives answers. David seeks direction and God gives it!
With God’s faithfulness, protection and direction for David, what is also surprising is how discouraged David becomes. Often. This could be a number of things. This could be ALL of those things. David’s personality may have been prone to anxiety and bouts of depression. Certainly the weight of leadership was heavy – not only was he leading a few hundred men who were depending on him, he had been anointed the next King of Israel. Pressure! Add to that the current King with all of his resources wants him dead. Not great!
But David has this asking/receiving answers relationship with God. What was he concerned about? (side note: Wouldn’t it be nice to receive answers from God? We might receive more answers if we asked more.)
The King’s son, Jonathan, was David’s best friend. We need friends who will do what Jonathan does.
Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.
It’s encouraging that David, even with his amazing relationship with God, both became discouraged and needed a friend to find strength in God.
We should be like David and admit our weariness. We should also be like Jonathan and help our friends find strength in God. He is not far from any of us… but sometimes we need help remembering what is true.
Father, thank You that I can come to you in Jesus’ Name with my questions. Thank you for leading me as I listen and follow. Thanks, too, for the friends who remind me what is true! Help me be that kind of friend, too. All for Your glory. I live for You today.