So Achish called David and said to him, “As surely as the Lord lives, you have been reliable, and I would be pleased to have you serve with me in the army. From the day you came to me until today, I have found no fault in you, but the rulers don’t approve of you. (1 Samuel 29:6 NIV)
This is interesting.
It’s battle time. The Philistines take on Israel. As the troops are mobilised and the Philistines take their place at the back of the ranks is David and his men. There they are, ready to do battle against their own people. Or were they? Where does his loyalties lie?
Those in charge of the Philistines were certainly very sceptical. The man’s reputation went ahead of him. They even knew the hit song that had been sung all about him and his successes. Whatever Achish said as a recommendation was overruled by the real threat posed by a possible group of turncoat types among them.
It’s fascinating to muse on whether they were right to be very dubious of David’s loyalties. By the way he converses with Achish you could get the impression that David was disappointed not to be trusted. Indeed his year in Gath had firmly asserted his position with Achish. If we take him at his word, David would have gone into battle against his own people.
That’s if we take him at his word. Consider, however, here is a man who knows what he is destined to become. This is a man who fiercely and deeply loves not just the people of God, but particularly the Royal family. He had two occasions where he could have killed the man out to kill him and on both occasions he refused to touch the Lord’s anointed. Was he really going to take arms against his own?
Yet here was this man who took him in when he was on the run. Achish had treated him really well, given him and his men space, he kept them gainfully employed sharpening their abilities and amassing a not insignificant wealth as they went plundering place after place. Would he really have turned on those who took him in when his own rejected him?
Thank God that sometimes in dilemmas, God knows and understands and makes a way of escape where there would appear to be no way.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden