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Summary: What can we learn from the story of David hiding in a cave?

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David Hides In A Cave

1 Samuel 22:1-5

1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him.

2And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

3Then David went from there to Mizpah of Moab; and he said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come here with you, till I know what God will do for me."

4So he brought them before the king of Moab, and they dwelt with him all the time that David was in the stronghold.

5Now the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah." So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth.

We continue our sermon series on the life of David.

Three weeks ago we left David dribbling saliva down his beard

and scratching on the gate of the enemy like a madman.

Realizing that his identity was known by the Philistines,

David faked insanity and then slipped out of the city of Gath.

Once more he was a man on the run.

Point #1. When God brings us to the lowest point, it is not to destroy us, but to rebuild us.

1 David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam. And when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him.

David has left the land of the Philistines.

He has returned to his native area of Judah.

The exact location of this rock cave is uncertain,

but it may have been one of the desert hideouts

not far from Bethlehem which David knew about

from his days as a shepherd boy.

It is the lowest moment of David's life to date.

He is hiding in a cave all alone

without security and food.

He is away from everything and everyone he loved --

that is everyone except God.

If we want to know how he really felt,

all we have to do is read the Psalm 142.

Psalm 142:1-7

A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave.

I cry out to the LORD with my voice;

With my voice to the LORD I make my supplication.

2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.

3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path.

In the way in which I walk They have secretly set a snare for me.

4 Look on my right hand and see, For there is no one who acknowledges me;

Refuge has failed me; No one cares for my soul.

5 I cried out to You, O LORD: I said, "You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.

6 Attend to my cry, For I am brought very low;

Deliver me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I.

7 Bring my soul out of prison, That I may praise Your name;

The righteous shall surround me, For You shall deal bountifully with me."

That's how David felt as a cave dweller.

Can you feel the loneliness of that desolate spot?

Can you feel the darkness and dampness of that cave?

Can you feel David's misery?

Yet in the midst of all this,

David has not lost sight of his God.

He cries out to the Lord for deliverance,


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