As you get older you get more cynical. It is the inevitable result of seeing more, and experiencing more, of the deceptions and betrayals that people do to each other (and to you).
David came fresh from the country, as a young man, to the palace of the king. He was a talented musician, so he got to be IN THE PRESENCE of the king! Imagine. Right there with the king himself. In the same room!
Well, time went on, and he became a celebrated warrior, and part of the royal family (by marrying the king's daughter). So things should have been great, right?
Well not exactly. The king first tried to kill him by hurling a spear at him. Not once, but three times. Enough to make you a little paranoid!
It got worse. Finally it was all out war. David had 600 men. And went from place to place, trying to hide, and avoid the king, who was out to kill him.
Could he trust his wife? Well, she saved his life, so, probably. However, eventually she was given to another man as husband.
Could he trust the Samuel? Yes he could, however, Saul sent men to kill him when he visited, and only God's miraculous intervention saved his life.
Could he trust the priests? Yes, Ahimelech the priest took him in, and gave him the holy bread to eat, and the sword from Goliath to use. But later Saul had Ahimelech and 85 other priests killed for this act of kindness.
Could he trust his enemies? No. He fled to one of their towns and they recognized him. He pretended to be crazy and got out with his life.
Could he trust a town he and his men rescued? The Philistines attacked the town of Keilah so David and his men attacked the Philistines and beat them. David and his men settled into the town - local heroes. Saul and the army soon set out to fight against the town. David asks the Lord, "Will Saul attack the town?" The answer came back, "Yes." "Will the people of the town turn me over?" The answer came back, "Yes".
Whoa! David beat it out of there...
Who can you trust?
So how did David survive in this crazy, treacherous, world he was in?
Here is the answer...
- Psalm 27
A David Psalm
- 1 Light, space, zest— that's God!
- So, with him on my side I'm fearless,
- afraid of no one and nothing.
- 2 When vandal hordes ride down
- ready to eat me alive,
- Those bullies and toughs
- all flat on their faces.
- 3 When besieged,
- I'm calm as a baby.
- When all hell breaks loose,
- I'm collected and cool.
- 4 I'm asking God for one thing,
- only one thing:
- To live with him in his house
- my whole life long.
- I'll contemplate his beauty;
- I'll study at his feet.
- 5 That's the only quiet, secure place
- in a noisy world,
- The perfect getaway,
- far from the buzz of traffic.