Wanted: Dead Or Alive

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 21:7-15; 22:1-5; 1 Chronicles 12:8-18; Psalm 34; 56; 142

David seems to deceive Ahimelech and Achish in today’s portion. Did he not trust the Lord to protect him? It is easy to jump to that conclusion until we look at the two psalms (56 and 34) David wrote concerning this period in his life. Amidst any fear and worry he may have felt, he expresses his unwavering trust in the Lord. His fears were quite warranted: he was wanted dead or alive by his father-in-law, King Saul; the priests were likely in support of Saul at this time (see 1 Sam. 14:2-3); and he was to eventually succeed Saul as king, which would require an army, etc.. With so much on his figurative plate, it is beautiful to read the crux of Psalm 56, “this I know, that God is for me… what can man do to me?” (vv. 9b, 11b). Flowing naturally out of that thought, Psalm 34 is neatly summarized in verse 8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.”

May you and I find these verses ever true in our own lives, even today!

Print your tickets