Day 27 Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 27
Key Verse: “Then David said to Achish, “If I have found favor in your eyes, let a place be given me in one of the country towns, that I may dwell there. For why should your servant dwell in the royal city with you?”…And the number of the days that David lived in the country of the Philistines was a year and four months.” (1 Samuel 27:5, 7)
Holding on to the truth that I’m loved by the Lord of All Creation can be a daily struggle. Remembering that Father God is providing for me perfectly, when everything seems to be falling apart, feels impossible. Sometimes it’s hard to find a hiding place, to feel safe in the midst of difficulties.
Where’s your safe place?
On dark mornings, I have stayed in bed too long, feeling overwhelmed and resting in heartache. After discouraging days, I have settled on the sofa, surfing the internet while the TV blares and the whole family zones out. To reset scattered thoughts and a wandering heart, I have power-walked miles and miles, with cars whizzing by, listening to podcasts and Pandora.
When the world is closing in on you, where do you run?
David’s life was full of conflict. His enemies were dangerous. He battled wild animals. Saul and the army of Israel stalked him. The countries to the north, south, east, and west despised him. David’s life was spent looking over his shoulder, fearing for his life.
In today’s reading, David finds his safe place among Israel’s greatest enemies, the Philistines. Later he would write this about the Lord:
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (Psalm 23:5)
David learned that his safe place was found in the Lord and not in his circumstances. The Lord is our hiding place too.
Are you like me? Do you forget this truth sometimes?
Take a minute now and read Psalm 23 as a prayer of thanksgiving. May God write this truth on the tablet of our hearts so, like David, we can learn to say, “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).