Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summarized Suffering

Here is a time line of suffering from 1Samuel 21-24:

1 David leaves the service of Saul with only the clothes 
   on his back, a few close friends, but not his best friend.

2 David stops to pick up bread from the priest at Nob on
    his way to Gath of the Philistines.

3 David escapes from Gath and goes to Adullum. His 
    family comes to him there as well as "everyone in 
    debt, distress, or in bitterness of soul,"about 6,000 men.

4 David goes to Mizpeh of Moab and asks the king to
    take care of his parents. Later he would write: "For 
    my father and mother have forsaken me, but the Lord
    will take me in." Ps 27:10

5 King Saul kills the priest, his family and all the men,
     women and children--even animals--at Nob. All
     because of bread! One son escapes and joins David.

6 The prophet Gad sends David to Judah for a purpose.

7 The purpose: David saves a town from death but the 
      people plan to give David over to Saul. Betrayal.

8 David moves to the hill country of the wilderness of Ziph.
      The Ziphites betray David to Saul.

9 David flees to the wilderness of Moan. He is discovered.

10 David flees to the wilderness of Engedi. 

Dear reader, if any of these events strike a cord in you, then
the psalms David wrote are your psalms also.

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