Notes: July 15, 2008 – Psalms142-143 & 1 Samuel 22


in the cave-how much time did David spend hiding in caves?

Psalm 142

  • Lord, if you get me out of this mess, I’ll praise Your name.
  • I have nobody else to ask for help.

Psalm 143

  • Lord, please hurry; I’m too weak to go on.
  • Strengthen me; and cut off my enemies.

1 Samuel 22

  • Hiding amidst the Philistines wasn’t a very good idea; why did David think that allying with the Moabites was a better idea?
  • God sent the prophet Gad to tell David to go back to Judah. Has God ever sent someone to tell you to go back home?
  • When Saul learned that the priest had helped David, Saul ordered his men to kill the priest. To their credit, they refused.
  • In his defense, Ahimelech was ignorant of the rift between Saul and David at the time that David requested food and a sword.
  • Doeg, the Edomite, had no qualms about killing a man of God.
  • Abiathar, Ahimelech’s son, escaped the slaughter of the priests, and went to join David.
  • Upon learning of Doeg’s part in the atrocity, David said (verse 22), “I knew it…”; and he took responsibility for the deaths.

Meditation Points:

  1. If we would pray as often as David prayed in caves, our relationship to God would be better.
  2. David finds instruction in the fearful troubles of life; shouldn’t we?