KEY SCRIPTURE : 1 Samuel 29:6 ” Then Achish called David, and said unto him, Surely, as the LORD liveth, thou hast been upright, and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight: for I have not found evil in thee since the day of thy coming unto me unto this day: nevertheless the lords favour thee not”.
A war between the Israelites and the Philistines was to be fought. David had wanted to fight on behalf of the Philistines but the lords of the Philistines did not permit Him. It would have been a very big mistake. Never fight against the body of Christ. David had been with Achish the Philistine king,’ and has been making errands for him. In this occasion too, David distinguished himself creditably. Achish who is a heathen king remarked about David and said”… surely as the Lord lives, you have been upright and thy going out and thy coming in with me in the host is good in my sight, for I have not found evil in you since the day of thy coming unto me…”
In the verse 9 he said, “…I know thou art good and in my sight as an angel of God. David publicised his God so much that when Achish was speaking he said “…As the Lord lives… “. This means David never stopped talking about his God even before the king. Dear child of God, our father calls on us to propagate the gospel through preaching, yet, our day to day actions of placing Jesus Christ first as well as living a very upright life also speaks volumes about our faith. Let your light shine so much that men will glorify God for your good deeds.
In the next chapter the Amalekites came to Ziglag where David had camped with his six hundred men including their wives and children. The Amalekites attacked the camp in the absence of David and his fighting men. They took the women and children hostage, set fire to the camp and made away with the goods and the prisoners they had.
David and his men returned to Ziglag and their wives and children were gone. The whole camp was burnt down. All the men including David wept so much. The people were so distressed that they spoke of stoning David. The Bible said David encouraged himself in the Lord. In a time of adversity, every leader must quickly turn away from the negative situation and encourage himself and also encourage his people. David’s men did not hold to the idea of stoning him because he encouraged them too. He called for the ephod. The ephod was a linen priestly garment that the priest wore in which he made enquiries from God and received responses from Him.
He enquired from the Lord, who said David must pursue them and without fail will recover all. Don’t guess in life always seek the Lord’s counsel before you embark on any major step. On their way to go after the Amalekites, they found a boy lying on the ground looking very weak. They attended to him and gave him some bread that revived him. This boy led them to the raiders. Don’t stop giving assistance to people you meet who needs your help. Our modern times have become very sophisticated with a lot if imposters but always ask God to lead you. David and his men got back everything that was stolen. If you follow God’s instructions you would always recover whatever you lost.
I pray for all leaders to effectively play their roles as leaders in influencing the people to do great things..
1 Samuel 30:6. And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
1 Samuel 30:8 ” And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all”.