“Then David prayed, “O Lord, God of Israel, I have heard that Saul is planning to come and destroy Keilah because I am here. Will the leaders of Keilah betray me to him? And will Saul actually come as I have heard? O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me.” And the Lord said, “He will come.” Again David asked,”Will the leaders of Keilah betray me and my men too Saul?” And the Lord replied, “Yes, they will betray you.” “Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.” 1 Samuel 23:10-14 NLT
David’s prayers that I have become so familiar with from Psalms come to life in the book of Samuel. He has an adversary hunting him down. I can almost feel his uneasiness when he asked the Lord twice if the men were going to betray him. Maybe that is why Jonathan knew that David needed the encouragement of a friend.
“Jonathan went to find David and encouraged him to stay strong in his faith in God. “Don’t be afraid,” Jonathan reassured him. “My father will never find you! You are going to be the king of Israel, and I will be next to you, as my father Saul, is well aware.” 1 Samuel 23:16-17 NLT
Sometimes I think I have to do it all myself. Stay strong on my own. But, my burden always feels lighter when a friend speaks truth into my life. Did Jonathan remind David that he has the Lord’s favor? (Psalm 31:16). Like a friend did for me recently. Could she tell that I was starting to lose hope? How am I helping to strengthen her faith?
I wonder if this was a lesson for David on who his true fortress is. It brings to my mind a dream that I had. There was an intruder coming to attack my house. My family and I were hiding. And like Saul, they fled.
”O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be disgraced. Save me, for you do what is right. Turn your ear to listen to me; rescue me quickly. Be my rock of protection, a fortress where I will be safe. You are my rock and my fortress. For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger. Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me, for I find protection in you alone.” Psalms 31:1-4 NLT
Dear Father, thank you for your constant care and protection. I don’t have to fear because I am safe in you. Help me to remember who the real enemy is. And that you already have the victory. Amen.