Sam’s 1st Epic 21 – Man on the Run

David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath. (1 Samuel 21:12 NIV)

You do what it takes to survive.

What a tumultuous life it had been of late for David. From tending the sheep and developing his songwriting, he was brought to prominence by God’s call on his life through Samuel. Then he was serving the King with his musicianship and on the books as an armour-bearer, before an encounter with a giant from Gath completely changed his life.

For all that, here he was a warrior, a loyal subject of the Kingdom, one of the best soldiers in the army and he’s on the run with his life in jeopardy.

You do what it takes to survive.

Some might have been reluctant to take the sacred bread from the priest on the pretext of being on a secret mission from the King. Some might have been wary to insist on these things under those circumstances, but David wasn’t so nervous or wary. His circumstances called for it and he did what was necessary. Little knowing his acts would endanger the lives of those he had just come across.

You do what it takes to s



Of all the places he should look to get away from Saul, David was in Gath. A place that had great significance for his elevation was now seen as a place of refuge. That is until his reputation became an issue. Once he knew what was being said about him, David put on a convincing portrayal of a man who had more than a screw loose in his head.

His situation now was a long way from being anointed by Samuel. It was a long way from the acclaim of his countrymen of his exploits vanquishing the enemy. Now he sought refuge among the enemy and acting deranged to avoid further hardship from another King. Why all this?

You do what it takes to survive.

For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden


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