Have you accomplished something where you’ve experienced massive breakthrough–only to be faced with larger opposition than when you first started on your journey?
Discouraged. Discontent. Deflated. Defeated. DONE!
There was a mighty king in the lineage of Jesus named David. He started out a humble shepherd boy who was tried and tested in the wilderness tending sheep. But all the while he was in the wilderness, God was actually preparing him for greatness–He sang and played the harp, fed the sheep, and defended the precious lambs against fericious lions and bears.
One day he heard that a Philistine giant named Goliath was insulting and threatening death to God’s people. David took the challenge–he showed up to face the massive giant and slayed him with a simple sling shot and a stone!
People we overjoyed! They naturally gravitated towards David and he became an instant hero and a leader to look up to of the people of God.
Has this ever happened to you? You accomplish a tremendous feat and you’re on top of the world! People come running along side you from all directions–following you and wanting to be on your team.
Because you’re on TOP. Popular. Famous for what you do.
It’s no surprise that the types of people you may attract sometimes aren’t actually for you–and the more haters come out of the woodwork in disguise.
People come against you that are jealous, intimidated and insecure and are threatened by your strength. Not only is it your strength they are fearful of–it’s the favor of God on your life too.
The same thing happened to David in in the old testament. After he killed Goliath–He was even more hated and feared by King Saul–so David ran to Gath to take refuge.
This is what one commentary says about this incident:
David, being forced to flee from his country, which was made too hot for him by the rage of Saul, sought shelter as near it as he could, in the land of the Philistines. There it was soon discovered who he was, and he was brought before the king called Achish; and lest he should be treated as a spy, or one that came thither upon design, he feigned himself to be a madman that Achish might dismiss him as a contemptible man, rather than take cognizance of him as a dangerous man. And it had the effect he desired; by this stratagem he escaped the hand that otherwise would have handled him roughly.
Even if David sinned in feigning madness, God delivered him and did not abandon him. That’s AWESOME.
And in another commentary:
Following that, David went to Adullam Cave where many desperate men joined him. This joyful and wise Psalm (Psalm 34) seems to have been written from that cave, and sung in the presence of those men. (Enduring Word Commentary)
It is easy to understand how, in the quietness and solemnity of that cave of refuge, he recovered, and that with new power, his sense of the Divine care and wisdom and might and sufficiency. So he sang. (Morgan Commentary)
David penned and sang Psalm 34!
This is where my personal victory and escape happened too. Let me explain:
Over 25 years ago…I was tied up and locked in a Mercedes trunk in a garage by my x-pimp with a body bag, shovel and gloves. The car’s engine had been revved up only to put me into a silent sleep of death from the carbon monoxide. I didn’t know what to do…so with frightened tears rolling down my face–I prayed to God and sang simply: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so.” and when my x-pimp heard my voice he popped the trunk and told me I was crazy and out of my mind to be singing to Jesus.
The NAME. Jesus.
God delivered me!
And God delivered David.
Two completely different stories but the same result=Freedom from death.
And this is where David penned the beautiful Psalm 34. Here is one of my favorite parts of the this Psalm that spoke to me the most:
The Lord hears his people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord come to the rescue each time. For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken! (Psalm 34-17-20)
The great part about this whole story is the fact that when David ran to the cave of Adullam, (which means justice of the people and refuge) this is where the mighty men were gathered to follow, fight and stand with David in future battles as he became King. And they stayed with him even though he was down and out–faithful and loyal!
Notice that these followers came along side him when everyone else was attempting to destroy him!
I don’t know who I’m writing to today–or speaking to–but I need to let you know that no matter who is coming against you, God is always for you! And those who celebrated you on your mountain top are most likely going to leave you when your chips are down.
Oh well! BYE FELICIA.
It’s the ones who are willing to come alongside you when you have nothing to offer and everyone else is against you–these are the people you need to surround yourself with!
I want to encourage you–just like King David–run to your cave of refuge in God! He will not only protect you–but He is faithful to deliver you from your troubles. Especially if you’ve done the right things and are following Him with all your heart–He will take care of you.
Don’t forget what it says:
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in Him! Psalm 34:8
Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing. Psalm 34:10
If He could do it for King David, for me….He will most certainly do it for you! Give you joy in the midst of your attack, protect you, deliver you and provide for you!