1 Samuel 21
13 So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard. 14 Achish said to his servants, “Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? 15 Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?”
Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.
1 I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.
I can get caught up in reading the exploits of David. I grew up wanting to be able to slay Goliath and be strong in the Lord. I didn’t really know what that meant but David seemed to be just like all of the other super heroes that I knew about. He was fearless and stepped forward when no one else could do the job. However, life has moved forward as it is prone to do and David is now running for his life. In his effort to flee Saul, he encounters Achish, King of Gath. David is afraid and pretends to be insane to avoid trouble. It seems like a very creative thing to do, but I have always wondered if this was an action that was guided by God or just something derived by David acting out of fear. Psalm 34 is written about David during this time. It seams that he did in fact have his eyes on God. He seemed to be looking to God for relief from his fears.
I often seek out creative ways to deal with my problems. I have even come up with a few that I was quite proud of. Yet none of them have brought me the peace that simply turning my eyes to the Lord has done. David had the right answer in Psalm 34. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; ….22 The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
I love having access to the only God who can deliver me from all of my problems. A God who wants to rescue his servants. A God who offers refuge in turbulent times. Thank you Jesus for offering me access to this mighty God!