God Protects David (1 Samuel 19)


Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David. But Jonathan had taken a great liking to David and warned him, “My father Saul is looking for a chance to kill you. Be on your guard tomorrow morning; go into hiding and stay there. (1 Sam. 19:1-2)

Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.  (1 Sam. 19:10)

Saul sent men to David’s house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But Michal, David’s wife, warned him, “If you don’t run for your life tonight, tomorrow you’ll be killed.”  (1 Sam. 19:11)

So Saul went to Naioth at Ramah. But the Spirit of God came even on him, and he walked along prophesying until he came to Naioth. (1 Sam. 19:23)

In this story David has an enemy in Saul but he has allies in Saul’s children, Jonathan and Michal.  In chapter 19 we see how God can use other people to help us and then at the end of the chapter God himself moves to protect David.  We are learning that Saul is a very unstable person.  He is always fluctuating between loving David and wanting to kill David.  His son Jonathan is able to talk Saul down at the beginning of the chapter from killing David.  Then David goes to war and is successful.  This infuriates Saul.  Then the Lord sends a spirit to torment Saul and he throws another spear at David.  He continues to pursue David and Michal is able to help him escape.  He ends up fleeing to another village where the Lord helps him by sending the Spirit to come upon Saul and this keeps David safe for another day.

The thing that sticks out to me is seeing how God moves in this chapter.  We see God using David’s friend and wife to help keep him safe.  We see God raising up people around David to persevere his life.  We also see God sending an evil or harmful spirit on Saul.  Why would God do that?  Why would God put David in harm’s way?  Remember Saul has fallen from the grace of God and has become an enemy of God.  In a way this is Saul’s punishment for not seeking the Lord and being obedient.  We also see God being able to display his power in a greater way be David fleeing from Saul’s presence and leaving the city.  Then God moves in a mighty way by sending his Spirit to Saul.  We see that God is totally in control the entire time.  God was going to keep David safe and display his might in the process.

We should remember that God is control no matter what our circumstances are.  God is going to move whether it be through other people or through the Spirit in us.  God is active in our lives whether good or bad.  We often think that when bad things happen we are alone, and it is our fault.  Maybe God is wanting us to learn to grow and depend on him?  It could be an opportunity for us to see how powerful God is?  Maybe we need to lean on another believer to help us through a circumstance we are in?  When we are in a tough situation remember God is 100% by your side.  Lean into him and watch as he displays his power in your life.