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In 1 Samuel 21:1-15 David’s escape from Saul to the land of Gath put David in the path of danger with King Achish of Gath. King Achish knew David well, as David was the one who killed the Philistine Goliath. Fleeing from Saul put him in the city of Gath: the home of his enemies, the home of Goliath the giant he’d killed a few years earlier.
Did David think they would not recognize him? Was he thinking that his change in attire from a shepherd boy or his maturity would mask the memories of his past? Little did he know that his new reputation of killing Saul’s “ten thousands” would follow him and spread across the land.
Whatever the case, he found himself in an untenable situation that only the hand of God could rescue him from. David wrote Psalm 34 as a reflection of this story when God saved him from King Achish of Gath. “In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles” (Psalm 34:6). Similarly, Psalm 91 has been a comfort to so many people going through times of trial of varying degrees: war, tension, persecution of faith and freedom, personal safety or even emotional distress.
How reassuring that our prayers reach the throne room of heaven. Today God still hears every prayer and answers us when we find ourselves in desperate situations. The cross that Jesus Christ was sent to is the symbol of our escape from danger. And today those who put their faith and trust in Jesus will escape the final fear – the grip of death. God’s ultimate rescue for saving mankind is through his son Jesus. Our prayer of faith and the confession of our mouth that Jesus is Lord is our first step towards peace in every trial.
Thank you that you always hear every prayer. Just as you rescued and comforted David during his trials, please help me as I walk through this difficulty. I need your comfort and wisdom to carry me through. Strengthen my mind and heart so that I may trust and glorify you. In Christ’s name, Amen.