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SERVICE TO OTHERS

While David is besieged by Saul Israel is still plagued by the Philistines.  David seeks direction about the plight of his people.

Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the  threshingfloors. Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.  And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?  Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah; for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand.  So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.  1 Samuel 23:1-5

Why should we be afraid of the Philistines if we are already threatened by Saul?  So David seeks God for direction.  Prayer gives them an answer from God to rescue Keilah.  Even though he did a good deed, he senses something wrong.

And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.  And it was told Saul that David was come to Keilah. And Saul said, God hath delivered him into mine hand; for he is shut in, by entering into a town that hath gates and bars.  And Saul called all the people together to war, to go down to Keilah, to besiege David and his men.  And David knew that Saul secretly practised mischief against him; and he said to Abiathar the priest, Bring hither the ephod.  Then said David, O LORD God of Israel, thy servant hath certainly heard that Saul seeketh to come to Keilah, to destroy the city for my sake.  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.  Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the LORD said, They will deliver thee up.  1 Samuel 23:6-12

The son of the priest had an ephod, which was then empowered in prophetic direction.  Sensing dark plots from Saul, David requested the aid of the priest in getting direction from the Lord.  He discovered a conspiracy from the city of Keilah in time to escape from them.  He saved them from the Philistines, but they would give him to Saul if pressed. 

David had his prayer life, and he still turned to the priest for help in his relationship with God.  He had the three stranded cord of fellowship in prayer, scripture, and godly counsel.  The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are still delivering miracles today too.  I have my personal experiences with dramatic revelation, and many others continue to see miracles today. 

Saul had the prophesy of his future, and tried to rebel against God to prevent the fulfillment.  He rejected the Father, disbelieved the Word, and slew the priests of the Holy Spirit.  In spiritual warfare the strength of a man will fail.

Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth.  And David abode in the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day, but God delivered him not into his hand.  And David saw that Saul was come out to seek his life: and David was in the wilderness of Ziph in a wood.  And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.  And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth.  And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house.  1 Samuel 23:13-18

David delivered his followers from the traitors, and sheltered them in the wilderness.  Jonathan left Saul’s camp to comfort this friend David.  God has a faithful remnant in every situation, and godly fellowship is a source of anointed strength.  More demonic activity is moving towards them again. 

Then came up the Ziphites to Saul to Gibeah, saying, Doth not David hide himself with us in strong holds in the wood, in the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?  Now therefore, O king, come down according to all the desire of thy soul to come down; and our part shall be to deliver him into the king’s hand.  And Saul said, Blessed be ye of the LORD; for ye have compassion on me.  Go, I pray you, prepare yet, and know and see his place where his haunt is, and who hath seen him there: for it is told me that he dealeth very subtilly.  See therefore, and take knowledge of all the lurking places where he hideth himself, and come ye again to me with the certainty, and I will go with you: and it shall come to pass, if he be in the land, that I will search him out throughout all the thousands of Judah.  And they arose, and went to Ziph before Saul: but David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the plain on the south of Jeshimon.  1 Samuel 23:19-24

The people of Ziph kiss up to Saul, betraying David.  He tells them they are blessed of the Lord.  If the man who kills the priests and their families blesses you, run.  He tells them to spy out David’s hiding place, but he has already escaped again.

Saul also and his men went to seek him. And they told David; wherefore he came down into a rock, and abode in the wilderness of Maon. And when Saul heard that, he pursued after David in the wilderness of Maon.  And Saul went on this side of the mountain, and David and his men on that side of the mountain: and David made haste to get away for fear of Saul; for Saul and his men compassed David and his men round about to take them.  But there came a messenger unto Saul, saying, Haste thee, and come; for the Philistines have invaded the land.  Wherefore Saul returned from pursuing after David, and went against the Philistines: therefore they called that place Selahammahlekoth.  And David went up from thence, and dwelt in strong holds at Engedi.  1 Samuel 23:25-29

Just when they are surrounded Saul gets an urgent call to battle the Philistines.  They are saved again.  Such a coincidence?  Not!!

And it came to pass, when Saul was returned from following the Philistines, that it was told him, saying, Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.  Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats.  And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet: and David and his men remained in the sides of the cave.  And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.  1 Samuel 24:1-4

After chasing the Philistines Saul pick up the trail again in the hills of Engedi.  Saul stopped in a cave to adjust his footwear.  David and his men were just out of sight in the cave and they reminded him that God would let him have is way with Saul.  David had his way, not the way his men may have expected.  Was Saul asleep or preoccupied that David could slice part of his clothing off? 

And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.  And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.  So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.  1 Samuel 24:5-7

David did no harm to Saul, but even the act of disrespect grieved him.  He ordered his men to not harm the Lords anointed King.  Then he revealed himself to Saul, a dangerous step.

David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.   And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?  Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’s anointed.  Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.  The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.  As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.  After whom is the king of Israel come out? after whom dost thou pursue? after a dead dog, after a flea.  The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.  1 Samuel 24:8-15 

David demonstrates the mercy Jesus would call us to later.  He allows vengeance only for God, and stands on the proverbs of wisdom, not on carnal anger.  This is a response inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the demonic voices cannot abide in the place where God has declared his power.  Saul is without demonic influence in this moment.

And it came to pass, when David had made an end of speaking these words unto Saul, that Saul said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And Saul lifted up his voice, and wept.  And he said to David, Thou art more righteous than I: for thou hast rewarded me good, whereas I have rewarded thee evil.  And thou hast shewed this day how that thou hast dealt well with me: forasmuch as when the LORD had delivered me into thine hand, thou killedst me not.  For if a man find his enemy, will he let him go well away? wherefore the LORD reward thee good for that thou hast done unto me this day.  And now, behold, I know well that thou shalt surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in thine hand.  Swear now therefore unto me by the LORD, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.  And David sware unto Saul. And Saul went home; but David and his men gat them up unto the hold. 1 Samuel 24:16-22

In a balanced relationship with the Trinity God, a spiritual warfare is more powerful than any carnal weapon.  This journey through the bible is still young, but it has been proven to this day, and will stand at the last prophetic event.  Yeshua is true. 

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