Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 30, 2015

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 27.

“1 Then David said to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.  There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines.  Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand.”  2 So David arose and crossed over, he and the six hundred men who were with him, to Achish the son of Maoch, king of Gath.  3 And David lived with Achish at Gath, he and his men, each with his household, even David with his two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the Carmelitess, Nabal’s widow.  4 Now it was told Saul that David had fled to Gath, so he no longer searched for him.

5 Then David said to Achish, “If now I have found favor in your sight, let them give me a place in one of the cities in the country, that I may live there;  for why should your servant live in the royal city with you?”  6 So Achish gave him Ziklag that day;  therefore Ziklag has belonged to the kings of Judah to this day.  7 The number of days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.

8 Now David and his men went up and raided the Geshurites and the Girzites and the Amalekites;  for they were the inhabitants of the land from ancient times, as you come to Shur even as far as the land of Egypt.  9 David attacked the land and did not leave a man or a woman alive, and he took away the sheep, the cattle, the donkeys, the camels, and the clothing.  Then he returned and came to Achish. 10 Now Achish said, “Where have you made a raid today?”  And David said, “Against the Negev of Judah and against the Negev of the Jerahmeelites and against the Negev of the Kenites.”  11 David did not leave a man or a woman alive to bring to Gath, saying, “Otherwise they will tell about us, saying, ‘So has David done and so has been his practice all the time he has lived in the country of the Philistines.’” 12 So Achish believed David, saying, “He has surely made himself odious among his people Israel;  therefore he will become my servant forever.”  1 Samuel Chapter 27.

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We remember from the previous chapter that Saul came to his senses.  “Then Saul said, “I have sinned.  Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life was precious in your sight this day.  Behold, I have played the fool and have committed a serious error.”  1 Samuel 26:21.

David may have thought and hoped that he could live thereafter peacefully in Israel for the rest of his life.  But, we read in today’s Scripture:  “Then David said to himself, “Now I will perish one day by the hand of Saul.  There is nothing better for me than to escape into the land of the Philistines.  Saul then will despair of searching for me anymore in all the territory of Israel, and I will escape from his hand.”  Verse 1.

There are two major lessons that we can glean from today’s Scripture.  First, just because God helps us through one trial does not mean that there will be no more trials.   Second, God often delivers us through humble and unexpected means.

Likewise, in 1 Kings Chapter 17, we read a series of unexpected deliverances by God.  God delivered Elijah from a drought through a miraculous provision of ravens at Cherith (Kerith) brook.  However, the brook dried up.  Then, God delivered Elijah through the miraculous provision of a widow and her handful of flour and a little oil in the jar.  However, the widow’s son became so sick that there was no breath left in him.  Then, God miraculously returned the son’s life to him.

“17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.”  Psalm 34:17-19.

We cannot predict how many trials we will face nor how our LORD will deliver us.  But, we notice that this preceding Scripture twice assures us that our LORD delivers us out of “all” of our troubles.

Too often, I set my hope on having no more trials.  Too often, I set my hope on receiving a check in the mail.  But, our LORD often uses other and humble and unexpected means to deliver me.

In summary, we cannot depend on having life without troubles whatever they may be.  We cannot predict how our LORD will deliver us out of any particular trouble.  We can only depend on our LORD Who delivers us out of all our troubles.


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