Stay with me; don’t be afraid; the man who is seeking your life is seeking mine also. You will be safe with me.
David is speaking to Abiathar after Saul had the priests of Nob and then the whole town of Nob killed. The priest there had helped David with bread and the sword of Goliath, not knowing the arising conflict between King Saul and David. It was not out of the ordinary for them to help in this way or to seek the Lord for David. Saul took it as an act of treason and the whole town is murdered, including women and children, cattle and donkeys. David tells Abiathar that he (David) is responsible for these deaths. Then comes the invitation to stay with David; the encouragement to not be afraid. Why? Because the one who is seeking Abiathar’s life is seeking to kill David too. What’s the difference between David and Abiathar? What they have in common is that they both are in danger. There’s one who want to destroy them. And yet David says, “You’ll be safe with me.” Really?! It seems as though the safer place would be far away from David. If Abiathar wanted to save his life, you’d think he’d run far away from the one who is raising the blood pressure of the King! Even so, the invitation is warm. The promise of protection is real. Why? Because the difference between David and Abiathar is that one’s a warrior and the other isn’t. At least at this point. Abiathar is quickly becoming a person that will need to be wise and think strategically if he’s going to continue to live. David has already been at that point for a long time. The assurance that Abiathar would be safe with him is a real one. It is safer with a warrior because a warrior knows what’s at stake.
Am I more like Abiathar or David? Am I running for my life or fighting for my life? Can I say to others “the one who is seeking your life is seeking mine also? Stay with me… you’ll be safe with me.” I would like to think so, and yet I know how easy it is to lower my eyes from the battle. To not think about the one who is seeking to steal, kill and destroy my life. If I’m lulled to sleep in this battle, the enemy will cause damage – to me and to those I love. I need to be a warrior like David; a man after God’s own heart. It’s interesting – safety is found in the battle. Security is with the warrior, not with the townspeople who are unaware. Safety is in the battle because the conflict rages on whether I realize it or not. To be aware of the battle means I can contend for my life and the lives of those around me. Ultimately there is safety there because God has assured the victory! God has already won! I hear His invitation to join Him in the battle… “You’ll be safe with me.” God is a warrior.
Father, I run to You today – in the midst of the battle. Thank You for the security here with You. Mentor me as a warrior – teach me Your ways and let me share these with others. I love You, Father.