CHARACTER STUDY: DAVID 8

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 22:3. And David went thence to Mizpeh of Moab: and he said unto the king of Moab, let my father and my mother, I pray thee, come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me.

During Saul’s pursuit of David, he (David) thought of his family, that is, his mother and father. He took them to the king of Moab to stay there till everything was finally settled with him. Considering the “madness” of King Saul he could have turned on the parents of David and killed them. As children we must always be concerned about the state of our parents. There are some of us who do not care about what happens to our parents. Some even don’t visit their parents over a long time. Please remember the Lord says it would go well with us if we honour them. (Ephesians 6:1-3)

In 1st Samuel 23 David was told that the people of Keilah had been attacked by the Philistines. The scriptures said in 1st Samuel 23:2 as follows “Therefore David enquired of the Lord. Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David go and smite the Philistines and save Keilah”. His men were afraid and in doubt whether they had to go or not. David enquired again and the Lord confirmed his earlier statement. Every child of God has the Holy Ghost and we must always ask of his view concerning every step we want to take in life. We must continually seek for his counsel in every step we wish to go. David was exceedingly successful because he never failed to seek God’s counsel before embarking on any venture. This was the very aspect of Saul’s life that made him to fail. He always took decisions to please his understanding and that which would make him appear good in the eyes and minds of the people. When David’s men were afraid to go to Keilah, he made a further enquiry and confirmed that they could go and so they went. IT IS ALWAYS THE VOICE OF GOD THAT MATTERS; EVERY OTHER VOICE IS AS RAIN DROPS, IT HAS NO MEANING.

When David was feeling secured in Keilah he heard that Saul was planning to attack him. He had  to make a further enquiry from the Lord whether Saul will indeed attack him there, and will the people of Keilah give him up. The Lord answered him that Saul will come, and the people of Keilah will surely give him up.

1st Samuel 23:16, Jonathan came to David and strengthened him in the Lord. Jonathan was not blindly following his father to attack David; he knew God had chosen David and he (David) would be the next king! The Bible says, in Proverbs 18:24 a man must show himself friendly. If you a friend, be a friend at all times. Some are fine weather friends. Jonathan visited David when he was in the wilderness at a distress moment. If an attack had broken out when he was with David, he would have been caught up in the fight.

Stay friendly at all times.

   PRAYER

O father I pray my spiritual ears will be sensitive to your voice and I will also be prompt to enquire of your leading each moment of my life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Samuel 23:11” 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”.

Proverbs 18:24 ” A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother”.

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