23 David was told, “The Philistines are fighting against the town of Keilah. They are stealing grain from the threshing floors.” 2 So he asked the Lord for advice. He said, “Should I go and attack those Philistines?” The Lord answered him, “Go and attack them. Save Keilah.” 3 But David’s men said to him, “We’re afraid here in Judah. Suppose we go to Keilah and fight against the Philistine army. Then we’ll be even more afraid.” 4 Once again David asked the Lord what he should do. The Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah. I am going to hand the Philistines over to you.” 5 So David and his men went to Keilah. They fought against the Philistines and carried off their livestock. David wounded and killed large numbers of Philistines. And he saved the people of Keilah. 6 Abiathar, the son of Ahimelech, had brought the linen apron down with him from Nob. He did it when he ran away to David at Keilah. 7 Saul was told that David had gone to Keilah. He said, “God has handed him over to me. David has trapped himself by entering a town that has gates and heavy metal bars.” 8 So Saul brought together all of his soldiers to go to battle. He ordered them to go down to Keilah. He told them to surround David and his men. He told them to get ready to attack them. 9 David learned that Saul was planning to attack him. So he said to the priest Abiathar, “Bring the linen apron.” 10 Then David said, “Lord, you are the God of Israel. I know for sure that Saul plans to come to Keilah. He plans to destroy the town because of me. 11 Will the citizens of Keilah hand me over to him? Will Saul come down here, as I’ve heard he would? Lord, you are the God of Israel. Please answer me.” The Lord said, “He will come down.” 12 Again David asked, “Will the citizens of Keilah hand me and my men over to Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will.” 13 So David and his men left Keilah. The total number of them was about 600. They kept moving from place to place. Saul was told that David had escaped from Keilah. So he didn’t go there. 14 Sometimes David stayed in places of safety in the desert. At other times he stayed in the hills of the Desert of Ziph. Day after day Saul looked for him. But God didn’t hand David over to him.
In this passage we get a wonderful glimpse of the relationship between God and David. David asks God for guidance and advice each step of the way. David is obedient. He trusts God over what he himself
might think or what others might say about a particular circumstance.
David must have been disappointed if not angry with the leaders of Keilah. Despite saving their town they would hand him over to Saul. David has no time to get involved with all the emotions of betrayal and flees with his men. He then
hides from place to place under God’s protection. David is not harmed.
Developing our relationship with the Lord helps us to trust God . We can always know God better no matter how long we have been a Christian. Notice David asked God a lot of questions – so can we! Let’s get asking and therefore knowing God better.
Dear Lord, please help us to come to you, to ask you the questions regarding our life’s direction. Please help us to trust and obey like David did. Amen.
Written by Ainslie Woods