Facing the Storm
"You will know the truth
Many of us have heard the story of David and Goliath. The tale of a young shepherd boy who killed a 9 foot giant with a sling and triggered a great military victory for Israel.
Eventually, David became king of Israel. Lesser known are the events of his life between his victory and his crowning as king. David’s courage (based upon his faith in God) gained victory after victory in battle against the enemies of Israel. His growing popularity also gained him the enmity of Israel's king Saul who came to see David as a threat to his throne.
Saul became so jealous and fearful of David that he became unbalanced and engaged in a years' long quest to kill the young warrior. As a result David was forced to run. For roughly 13 years the future king of Israel and “man after God’s own heart” as the bible calls him was a fugitive, living in caves, in the desert, in mountain crags and eventually leading a band of misfits and outlaws until he was forced to flee the country and live as a mercenary soldier among Israel’s dreaded enemy, the Philistines.
Time after time David escaped death by a hair’s breadth. At one point the city in which he lived was sacked and raiders carried off the women, the children and all the livestock of David and all his followers. At this point even his own men threatened to kill him. This was a young man destined to lead Israel. God said so. Yet his family, his wives and children had been carried off , his own men, warriors whom he led, now threatened him with death. And Saul still hunted him. David was at rock bottom. So what was his response to all of this? Did he blame God for his ongoing misfortunes? Most likely, that's what I would have done. But I'm not David. Rather he turned back to God and trusted Him for comfort and encouragment. David knew the meaning of suffering. More important, he knew where to turn in times of danger, stress or sorrow; and as Israel’s poet he wrote many psalms as a direct expression of his experience and of his abiding confidence that only in God could he find safety and rest.
Lord is my light and my salvation—
the wicked advance against me
thing I ask from the Lord, rock.