A Place of Refuge:
Learning from King David in a time of Crisis
David put his physical TRUST in God’s Faithfulness.
David filled his thoughts with the hope of God's rescue.
David turns doubt to faith by singing songs of praise.
1 Samuel 22:1-2
Where do you turn when you need a place of refuge?
David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
-1 Samuel 22:1-2
This was the same King David that grew up killing lions and bears with his bare hands. The same King David who stepped up in courage and defeated the giant Goliath, when everyone else shrunk back in fear. He was now running in fear because his life was under another threat from Saul. So where did he run? He ran to the cave of Adullam
Adullam in Hebrew means = A place of refuge.
I usually like to go out in nature to find my place of rest and peace. I love the forest and seeing the stars at night or hearing the ocean crash against the shore when I’m at the beach. There is just something about nature that instantly creates a place of refuge and peace. But for most of us currently in Los Angeles we do not have that option right now. We have been asked to quarantine in our home for this season. Like King David we are now held up in our caves or homes seeking refuge from a real threat. So let's look at a Psalm written by King David in a time or crisis.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. - Psalm 13
A Physical Threat and Davids Cry
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
David's physical life was in danger. Saul had become jealous and was trying to kill David. So there was a real physical threat. Davide found himself asking the question, why have you forgotten me? Can you relate to David in this moment? Have you ever felt forgotten by God. The term, “Hide your face,” often referred to God removing his physical blessing from the person. David felt that God had removed his blessing over his life.
A Mental Struggle and David’s Cry
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
David was in a cave and for the moment physically safe but his mind was running wild. Have you ever had a wrestling match with your thoughts? Our minds are a strong foe to fight against. Its so easy to wrestle with our minds using our own strength and come out defeated. Like David this can lead all of us to a state of sorrow. Notice what David says, “How long will my enemy triumph over me?” David’s enemy had not triumphed over him but in his mind he had already lost the battle. How about you? How do you respond when your mind starts running wild?
A Battle of Beliefs and David’s Cry
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
These are those moments of real crises. When you feel like you have tried everything but you just cannot overcome the challenge. It feels like you are going to fail or that you have lost the battle. This is the place that we start to question if God is who He says He is. What is the purpose of all this? Does God have an answer? Have you been there? If so I want you to know that you are not alone. Just like King David, we have all been there and some of us are there right now.
BUT - Psalm 13:5a
You can feel the moment. You can feel the pause. This is the moment David is going to make a choice of faith. This is a moment we will all face…… But
How does King David respond to crisis? He made a choice.
I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
1. He put his physical TRUST in God’s Faithfulness.
The world around you may fail but God’s love for you will never fail.
Let us never forget that God's love was given to us in our darkest moments.
God’s love is eternal not temporal.
2. He filled his thoughts with the hope of God's rescue.
Never forget God came when we needed Him the most.
Rescue is not just one time. God continues to save us daily.
His deliverance is not temporal but eternal.
3. He turns doubt to faith by singing songs of praise.
Songs of praise awaken the courage of the soul.
Praise is our way to keep our faith moving forward in times of chaos.
There is something about gratitude that shifts our perspective.
What is the first memory you have of God’s faithfulness?
When did God rescue you?
How has God been good to you?