Doing the Will of God in king David’s Life
(Samuel 23:2,4,10,11,12) Coming to the life of David, when Philistines are fighting with Keilah and looting the threshing floors, David inquired of the Lord saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines and save Keilah?
David had specific question and God has given specific answer to him. That is how we know the Will of God. The Lord answer him,” Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah” —-But what happened, David’s advisers discourage him “Here in Judah we are afraid, how much more, then, if we go to Keilah against Philistines forces?.”
David never mistaken the guidance of God, but his men are not with him. So what he has to do? Convince them, or retreat back? NO once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”
So David and his men went to KEILAH fought with the Philistines and carried off their livestock. He inflicted heavy losses on the Philistines and saved the people of Keilah. And Philistines were afraid of him.
Oh David is a hero in the eyes of every one now, both to the people of Keilah and to his own men who adversely advised him.
But Saul thought it was a good opportunity to kill David because he was in Keilah. 9th verse—When David heard that Saul was plotting against him, he did not sit quietly that everything is going according to the Will of God, but he prayed,” Lord, God of Israel, your servant has heard that Saul plans to come to Keilah and destroy the town on account of me. (11th verse) Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me to him?, Will Saul come down, as your servant has heard?”—–What a beautiful prayer, “Will they surrender me? Will he come down to catch me?”— After all had he not pawned his life to save Keilah against Philistines, definitely they would protect him, he might have thought, but no, he never trusted people, his trust is in God and His guidance. Again he asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah surrender me and my men to Saul?—God answered him, “ Yes, they will”
To the human point of view, this could not be understood at all. David laid down his life to save the city Keilah from the hands of enemies. Anyone in his place would be confident that the people of Keilah would not be ungrateful by surrender him to Saul. If David thought so he is ‘Over Confident” People commit many mistakes by this Over confidence, over faith, or presumptuous sin. Over confidence in faith is not from God, Confidence in His Will is different from over confidence in one’s might.“Man proposes; God disposes”
13th verse) So David and his men about six hundred in number, left Keilah and kept moving from place to place. To the men who were with David must had felt that all this was very confusing, First of all even though they warned against the war, David spend his energy and the enrgy of the army to save Keilah, and now when a problem comes, instead of taking shelter in the city he is running away from it, and they too had to move from place to place All of them thought Keilah was a safe zone from the hands of Saul, but now David is moving from that place and roaming in every place. . It looks like there were following a fickle minded man. This 13th verse– giving some more information to us. After knowing that Saul was plotting to come to Keilah, they might had thought, that after all David did good thing by running away from the City. But what happened there was very contrary to what they thought. Because Saul did not go to Keilah at all. He made them fools. Did not God tell David that the people of Keilah would surrender him to Saul? What is this? What happens now? In the eyes of David’s men he looked like confused, fickle minded, unstable person. Whatever, even though Saul did not go to Keilah, David stayed in the wilderness in the desert of Ziph.
In this story one beautiful Oasis in this desert is found; that gave great joy to us. Day after day Saul surrounded David. But God did not give David to his hands.
David was in the Will of God though it looks like he was an outcast, wanderer; God’s protection is there for him because he was in the Will of God. One day he was running around a mountain, away from Saul. Saul was just in opposite direction surrounding him on the other side of the mountain. Saul and his forces were closing in on David and his men to capture them. Only minutes apart, distance is just nearby. Then what happened, “.Happy is the man who trust in the LORD whose confidence is in Him” Jeremiah 17:7 ==Then what happened? A messenger came to Saul with a horrible news, “Come quickly, do not waste even a single second, come come” What was the news, Come quickly the Philistines are raiding the land-“ in your absence. Saul was fearful he broke off his pursue of David and went away to his land to protect it from Philistines. 28th verse, that is the reason for they call it as Sela Hammahlekoth, Rock of Redemption. When we are in His Will even though it looks like we are running away, moving from place to place, there is perfect peace and protection from our Lord God. And we will have number of stories of this sort to proclaim His glory to the world. These miracles of Bible repeat in our lives too.
David wrote all those great experiences in poem book, recorded those happenings, sang those songs and proclaimed His merciful deeds to all people. He tried to count how he was patted on his shoulder by God Himself. So he was there kneeling down in his prayer room 7 times a day, and 7 days a week. It is all ways better to remember all the good things God has done for us, and try to count them and praise God Not forgetting the Psalm 51 too, where he cried aloud for his sins.
There is a hope to them also, who did not do the Will of God in their PAST so far; even at this old age you have hope in the Lord just as David had.
If we too could learn to record all those doings of God for us, our hearts would overwhelm with thanksgiving. The rightful thanksgiving seeks to serve Him. When we dwell in His Will we will enjoy great heavenly joy right on this earth.