David's quiet, private life as a shepherd changes forever when the prophet Samuel shows up at his house and anoints him future king of Israel. More than a decade will pass before David actually takes the throne of Judah. David spends the gap between the anointing and the inauguration running for his life. Like looking through a keyhole to see what's in a room, Psalm 34 and other psalms reveal the inner life of David during those years:
David understands that Samuel's anointing him as king obligates God to protect him and fulfill His word. Therefore, David chooses to focus on the eternal God rather than on the temporary trials that beset him. He praises God when he is attacked, when he is unjustly accused, when he is embarrassed, and even when all seems to go against him. Though his circumstances seem to negate God's promises, still he clings to them tenaciously and sees God fulfill His Word in His time.
Questions from today's reading (1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; Psalm 34):
What does Jonathan recognize about David that endears him to David?
Who are the people of Gath (1 Samuel 17:23)? What does David's seeking asylum in Gath reveal about his situation?
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