Summary: If were ever truly going to be able to sing, we’re going to have to let God worry about the rain...and “SING!” focusing only on GOD’S amazing ability to stop the RAIN!!
10 Then David arose and fled that day from before Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11 And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is this not David the king of the land? Did they not sing of him to one another in dances, saying:
‘Saul has slain his thousands,
And David his ten thousands’?”[a]
12 Now David took these words to heart, and was very much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13 So he changed his behavior before them, pretended madness in their hands, scratched on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva fall down on his beard. 14 Then Achish said to his servants, “Look, you see the man is insane. Why have you brought him to me? 15 Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”
I want you to realize something, this is David we're talking about here. A man after gods own heart. This is also someone who is facing intense persecution, who wants them eradicated.
David was a lot of things to a lot of people, but in the end he was still human.
This is clearly a low point for David. David was always a warrior, known for a man of valor and hero status.
This is definitely one of his lower points in his life and in his walk.
King Saul had gone crazy, because he had learned that his son Jonathan had signed a covenant with David.
Through Sauls relentless pursuit as someone who knew his inevitable end , David had become somewhat delirious himself. We read a little bit more into the way that David felt, in psalms 56
Psalms 56:1-13 MSG
56 1-4 Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around,
stomped on every day.
Not a day goes by
but somebody beats me up;
They make it their duty
to beat me up.
(notice here how we read the entrance to self effort,
This is when David is only relying on David)
When I get really afraid
I come to you in trust.
I’m proud to praise God;
fearless now, I trust in God.
What can mere mortals do?
(Here he realizes God's ability and finds rest for a moment, but quickly
Resorts back to unrest and fear)
5-6 They don’t let up—
they smear my reputation
and huddle to plot my collapse.
They gang up,
sneak together through the alleys
To take me by surprise,
wait their chance to get me.
7 Pay them back in evil!
Get angry, God!
Down with these people!
(He comes to the conclusion, like all of us do when
We finally push our human nature aside, that only God
Is going to be able to take care of this battle. And when he does
He also senses, that God was always there and never far away
From even one thing he had gone through!)
8 You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
each ache written in your book.
9 If my enemies run away,
turn tail when I yell at them,
Then I’ll know
that God is on my side.
10-11 I’m proud to praise God,
proud to praise God.
Fearless now, I trust in God;
what can mere mortals do to me?
(What he senses is God's Grace and love, and when he senses Grace and Love,
he finds The peace that passes all understanding. And with that he finds comfort and rest.)
12-13 God, you did everything you promised,
and I’m thanking you with all my heart.
You pulled me from the brink of death,
my feet from the cliff-edge of doom.
Now I stroll at leisure with God
in the sunlit fields of life.
Now when we read this...Remember David is a prisoner in a foreign land, he has been on the run fleeing for his life...to the point, he acts like he's on trial and pleads insanity, to keep himself from annihilation!
He's trying to get away from King Saul and runs right into the Philistine army, do you think for one minute their ever going to get over the fact, he killed their greatest warrior ever, Goliath!
I imagine right about this time he's saying
"I didn't sign up for this...You said I would be the King"
The Philistines were the enemy of the people of Israel and no doubt they had heard the same story that had spread through the countryside, from the moment the David walked onto the battlefield to fight Goliath…
He had been a thorn in their side, from the moment up till now, and now they had him right were any enemy would want, captured and in prison…with His life hanging in the balance of an insanity plea!