Achish trusted David and said to himself, “He has become so obnoxious to his people, the Israelites, that he will be my servant for life.” (1 Samuel 27:12 NIV)
David was no fool. Just because Saul had made statements suggesting he would stop hunting him, he knew that Saul would be right back on his track. David’s decision is interesting. He goes back to Gath. Back to a place where he had to behave like a looney to stop anyone seeing him as a threat. Here he is, back again, this time not just assuring King Achish that he’s not a threat, but going further and actively fighting the enemies of this King.
It’s a bit weird though, isn’t it? David, the scourge of the Philistines, responsible for mass defeats now fighting on their side. It’s like the greatest player of Liverpool, turning up to play for Manchester United. It’s like that, but so much worse. Achish is more than within his rights to be rather smug about the arrangement. He now has on his side the mighty warrior, David.
As far as that decision is concerned for David, this is an arrangement that sees him keeping active and endeavouring to steer clear of any hassle. That whole drive to completely wipe out everyone so as to stop anyone letting any information out. That degree of ruthless efficiency would not only serve him well, it would enhance his reputation. A reputation that wherever you go, you do a thorough job, even if it’s working for those who are meant to be your sworn enemies.
Wherever you go – the diligence and efficiency can become something remarkable even for those who should oppose you.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden