Reading: “And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul.” 1 Samuel 27:1
The conclusion that David came to here was opposed to evidence. Even more than having no proof, David had many evidences that God would never leave him. Remember when he came to Saul with the reasons why Saul should let him fight Goliath: “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God” (1 Samuel 17:36). Why would David not now recount the same truth? It was because of unbelief.
The conclusion that David came to here was opposed to God’s promise. 1 Samuel 16:1: “I have provided me a king among his sons.” David had not yet received the fulfillment of this promise and here he is like Mr. Fearful in the Pilgrim’s Progress anxious about his future.
The conclusion that David came to here was opposed to David’s own words. Psalm 27:3: “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” We have all heard the objection, “Practice what you preach.” We say we believe in a sovereign God, but how often we doubt His sovereignty.
The conclusion that David came to here was contrary to the circumstances. It appears likely that even as David dreaded for his life, Saul was enquiring of the witch of Endor. The Philistines’ armies were making ready to fight the Israelites. Saul’s impending doom was but a short time away. In just a moment Saul would be slain and David would attain the kingdom. Child of God let us turn from despondency and stop imagining hopeless scenarios! The Lord has better things planned; let us trust Him for them.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds ye so much dread are big with mercy, and shall break in blessings on your head. — William Cowper