Thursday, November 20, 2008

1 Samuel 29

In 1 Samuel 29, David faces a difficult choice. Since Saul had virtually banned him from Israel, David had to live with the Philistines. They had long been Israel’s enemy, but Achish had always treated David with respect. At this time, the Philistines were preparing to face the Israelites in a battle that would ultimately lead to Saul’s death and David’s ascension to the throne. David was going to the battle in support of Achish, but it had to be difficult going against his own people.

Naturally, the Philistines were afraid that David would turn on them in battle. Though he had been loyal to Achish, it was a calculated fear at this point. Achish understood why David wanted to fight, but the Philistine leaders wanted to send David and his men home despite the fact he had long been loyal to them.

8 "But what have I done?" asked David. "What have you found against your servant from the day I came to you until now? Why can't I go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"

9 Achish answered, "I know that you have been as pleasing in my eyes as an angel of God; nevertheless, the Philistine commanders have said, 'He must not go up with us into battle.' 10 Now get up early, along with your master's servants who have come with you, and leave in the morning as soon as it is light." – 1 Samuel 29:8-10

This once again shows David’s character. He still had much to gain by Saul’s death, but he still removed himself from the fight. He once again put his faith in God to allow whatever outcome God wanted without his influence. Great leaders know when it is time for even them to serve. What made David a great leader was this characteristic that he exhibited time and again.

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