Take Refuge In God - 1 Samuel 21-22



1. What was the root cause of David's disastrous behavior (lying to the priest, running off to Gath and playing mad)? It says he was afraid:

“Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath.” (1 Samuel 21:12, NKJV)

David behaved this way because he had a temporary lapse of faith in God's presence and promises. Thus he became fearful of men.

2. What advice does the New Testament give us about this?

Hebrews 13:5 says 

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13:5–6, NKJV)

Jesus said,
“And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4–5, NKJV)
Paul said,
“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!” (2 Timothy 4:17–18, NKJV)

Takeaway Proposition: Rather than becoming fearful and making costly, foolish blunders, we should take refuge in God.

Transitional Statement: As David would later write in the Psalms, the Bible shows several ways to take refuge in God.

1. By acknowledging God's presence. (He will never leave or forsake us )
2. By trusting God's promises. (He will deliver us safely to His kingdom.)
3. By fearing God more than men. (What can man do to me?)

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