Everyone loves a winner, especially in their moments of triumph. So, when we go to the Bible, we love to associate with strong victorious persons like King David, a successful warrior, poet, musician, and loving king. We tell and re-tell the story of David and Goliath, over and over, to encourage and motivate one another.
There were many seasons of desperation in David’s life too; when he was homeless, hungry, lonely, and a penniless beggar. Seasons of tears, more tears, doubts and confusion. Seasons when he was in the valley of death.
A desperate period in David’s life is in 1 Samuel 21:13 (NIV): “So he pretended to be insane… and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.”
Yes, this was David, as a refugee, seeking asylum in the city of Gath. This was when King Saul was hunting him down to kill him; there was nowhere for him to hide in Israel. So David fled to Gath in the land of the Philistines; Gath was Goliath’s hometown – seemed David had jumped out of the frying pan into the fire!
David had to go live in Goliath hometown to get away from King Saul – think about this; the desperation, the fear, the pain, this is a suicide mission! This is walking in the valley of the shadow of death every single day. The man who killed Goliath is now an insane beggar totally humiliated among the people in Goliath country.
How could this man, David, keep the faith and not curse God, in these circumstances, where he had lost everything – his home, job, status, human dignity. How did David do the impossible? To be continued next week Sunday.
Lord God, when life overwhelms us, be gracious and rescue us, Amen!