Clearly the Lord was responsible for David’s escapes from Saul. When we escape danger, isn’t that the Lord’s doing too?

Clearly the Lord was responsible for David’s escapes from Saul. When we escape danger, isn’t that the Lord’s doing too?

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 23:1-14

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 23:1-14

1 Samuel 23:1–14 (Listen)

David Saves the City of Keilah

23:1 Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the LORD again. And the LORD answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand. Now it was told Saul that David had come to Keilah. And Saul said, “God has given him into my hand, for he has shut himself in by entering a town that has gates and bars.” And Saul summoned all the people to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. David knew that Saul was plotting harm against him. And he said to Abiathar the priest, “Bring the ephod here.” 10 Then David said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, your servant has surely heard that Saul seeks to come to Keilah, to destroy the city on my account. 11 Will the men of Keilah surrender me into his hand? Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard? O LORD, the God of Israel, please tell your servant.” And the LORD said, “He will come down.” 12 Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah surrender me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the LORD said, “They will surrender you.” 13 Then David and his men, who were about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah, and they went wherever they could go. When Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah, he gave up the expedition. 14 And David remained in the strongholds 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.

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     1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors. 2 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. 3 And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? 4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah: for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand. 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.

     7 And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars. 8 And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men. 9 And David knew that Saul secretly practiced mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod. 10 Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake. 11 Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O LORD God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the LORD said, He will come down. 12 Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up. 13 Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.

     14 And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 526 :
In God, my Faithful God

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1. In God, my faithful God, 
I trust when dark my road; 
Though many woes o’ertake me, 
Yet He will not forsake me. 
His love it is doth send them 
And, when ’tis best, will end them. 

2. My sins assail me sore, 
But I despair no more. 
I build on Christ, who loves me; 
From this Rock nothing moves me. 
To Him I all surrender, 
To Him, my soul’s Defender. 

3. If death my portion be, 
Then death is gain to me 
And Christ my Life forever, 
From whom death cannot sever. 
Come when it may, He’ll shield me, 
To Him I wholly yield me. 

4. O Jesus Christ, my Lord, 
So meek in deed and word, 
Thou once didst die to save us 
Because Thy love would have us 
Be heirs of heavenly gladness 
When ends this life of sadness. 

5. “So be it,” then, I say 
With all my heart each day. 
We, too, dear Lord, adore Thee. 
We sing for joy before Thee. 
Guide us while here we wander 
Until we praise Thee yonder. 


Hymn: LSB 745 :
In God, My Faithful God

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1. In God, my faithful God, 
I trust when dark my road; 
Great woes may overtake me, 
Yet He will not forsake me. 
My troubles He can alter; 
His hand lets nothing falter. 

2. My sins fill me with care, 
Yet I will not despair. 
I build on Christ, who loves me; 
From this rock nothing moves me. 
To Him I will surrender, 
To Him, my soul’s defender. 

3. If death my portion be, 
It brings great gain to me; 
It speeds my life’s endeavor 
To live with Christ forever. 
He gives me joy in sorrow, 
Come death now or tomorrow. 

4. O Jesus Christ, my Lord, 
So meek in deed and word, 
You suffered death to save us 
Because Your love would have us 
Be heirs of heav’nly gladness 
When ends this life of sadness. 

5. “So be it,” then, I say 
With all my heart each day. 
Dear Lord, we all adore You, 
We sing for joy before You. 
Guide us while here we wander 
Until we praise You yonder. 


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