All of this was David‘s fault. It was David who entered Philistine territory.

It was David who led the raiding parties. It was David who exterminated everyone in the villages. It was David who lied to the Philistine king. It was David who left Ziklag defenseless. You will discover that God is all you need when God is all that you have. As far as we know, this is the first time in 16 months that David has asked God for guidance. During his stay in Philistine territory, he was living by his wits, fending for himself, and for most of the time seemed to prosper on his own. Because they knew they would find sympathy not criticism. David was the last person in the world who would find fault with them. Broken men don‘t throw stones at other broken men. These men did not come to David when he had his big high paying job. He couldn‘t relate to them then, and they couldn‘t relate to him. You don‘t have to lose your job to be an inspiration to others, you just have to have a reputation for being sympathetic and a person who knows how to pray. They came because they saw in him a man who cared for them, not simply for what they could bring to the table. God made David a reject so that he could be accepted as the leader of an army of rejects. He also did it, to help David not look in the ranks of the armies "elite", but to be willing to accept the misfits. Because that is where God saw the diamonds in the rough, the millions of coal in the cave that others trample over never realizing the great worth around them. Through David‘s misfortunes he earned a credibility, and an ability to speak into the lives of others going through similar things.

Misfortune will cause you to meet misfits, and then you will find that their are a great many of them who are diamonds in the rough who just need the touch of a master jeweler to bring out their great worth. Men were drawn to David because they saw a guy who didn‘t lose his faith when he had every reason in the world to do so. They saw a faith that came alive in trouble, not one that disappeared in hardship. They came to him because they saw in him a man whose convictions didn‘t fluctuate with the weather. They came for acceptance For inspiration To follow a genuine leadership They became his mighty men of valor whose exploits are legendary. All because they found a guy who loved God, even in the worst time of his life. 3. He left the cave of sulking. 1Sa 22:5 And the prophet Gad said to David, "Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go into the land of Judah." So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth. I didn‘t say he left his problems, I said he left the cave. He left the cave of sulking. Some people are still in the cave of sulking 10 years on. He went back to the land of praise. The prophet told him to return to the land of Judah, Judah means praise. If you sit and sulk, and moan and groan, you will become a marinated mess. You will marinate in misery. You can tell when people have marinated in misery. It has infused every aspect of their being, conversation, outlook, prospects for the future. It is all negative. So to spiritualize the text, he is being told by God to leave funky town, or the place of sulking, and to go back to the place where he will bless the Lord at all times. What defines you and your destiny is not your circumstances, it is not your past, but God‘s promises.

David was forced to take his parents to a heathen nation for protection. He sang that right after he left Gath and having played the madman to survive. 1Ti 1:18 カ This command I entrust to you. The important thing is that he didn‘t let it stop him. we are to war against our circumstances by our promises. Let me help you with that. . He Prayed 2. He left the cave of sulking 4. He focused on what he did have 3. if you sit in the cave till things get better we will see you 10 years later still in the cave. He humbled himself I believe when David left the cave he was still smarting from what happened to him.We are not to rationalize our promises to our circumstances. Close: The four things David did to get out of his cave: 1. friends back. expecially the situation with his wife. that by them you may fight the good fight. it begins with you by faith honoring God with the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart. sometimes we are asking for help. there is scriptural evidence he carried that pain for a very long time. money back. something he actually did. the journey back to the land of praise. Timothy. not for our benefit but for theirs. He humbled himself Frustration is designed to get you in the mood to explore options you never would have considered otherwise. I believe part of the reason David went to Moab was possibly in answer to Ruth‘s prayers for her nation. David said. and God would bless them for their kindness to the house of David. does not begin with miracles. my son. in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you. such as asking for help. 4. He didn‘t have his wife back. They would have been a godly influence while they were there. I will bless the Lord at all times. Pride prevents sometimes prevents us from doing certain things.

‖ You‘re a new creation – fill your life with new things. new priorities. new thoughts. we like the foothold he has! We hold on to our sin – we prolong our bondages. new standards. The word distressed here literally means ―someone who is oppressed. Prayer for people in caves. 3. The Bible says to ―take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. My future is not determined by the troubles of my past. are you go to let them stop you. it is time to leave funky town. whatever you‘re dwelling on is going to control you. whatever things are just. and he took them in. or they could take their stand in the Cave of Adullam with David and 400 men just like themselves. new ways. but by God‘s promises of my future. whatever things are of good report. whatever things are pure. ―Whatever things are true. if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. Now to me it doesn‘t sound like a hard choice! It‘s a ―no-brainer‖. . If God has delivered you from the bondage of oppression.‖ (Philippians 4:8) The battle begins in your mind. particularly oppressed by an enemy‖. and if the truth be known. you need to fill your life with new things! Godly things. The hounded came to David at Adullam‘s Cave. Each Man Had a Choice to Make It was a choice to lay down the past. whatever things are lovely. a) The DISTRESSED had to move on to freedom. They had a choice to make – they could keep on running from the enemy who was pursuing them.Some of you have had difficult things happen. right?! Who wants to live life in distress? Who wants to be hounded by an oppressing enemy? But it is incredible how some people don‘t want to give up the oppressions of the enemy! The devil has a foothold. whatever things are noble.

Run to God for once-and-for-all deliverance. just living day to day each man found that he was surrounded by 400 men distressed. and sold their possessions and goods and divided them among all. You‘ve got to hate that oppression.‖ There weren‘t too many wealthy people. that old bondage will return seven times stronger than before. their debt and their discontent. Choose life! b) The INDEBTED had to trust the God of the cave.If you remain idle. There may be a time that God calls you out of one place to another for a very good reason. but if it‘s just a case of moving around to find the ―perfect church‖ – guess what? Your search will never end! EVERY church is an Adullam‘s Cave! Full of people who have come there because of their distress. but they forged a community where each were equally committed to one another. they hardly had two cents to rub together – but what they did have they used to look after each other. Get away to the Cave of Adullam – be with God‘s people (in the victory camp) – let God make you into a soldier and weld you into His army. Sounds an awful lot like the church in Acts chapter 2. Not satisfied with serving under a king who was not hearing from God and was leading the nation in disobedience to the direction of the Lord through Samuel. Some people move from church to church because of discontentment. It took time for them to become an army. . David had nothing to offer them. And God mightily gave them that. A destiny together. and discontented. apart from the very real threat of attack by Saul. c) The DISCONTENTED had to find rest. It was difficult. in debt. and hanker back after old ways. People came to David who were not satisfied with the status quo of the kingdom. They came to David to find a future and a hope. just common folk. and had all things in common. as anyone had need. Listen to the description (Acts 2:44-45): ―Now all who believed were together. They looked to God together. you know. life with David wasn‘t all fun and games. No turning back. But. That cause worth fighting for. I mean.

‖ And what‘s more He gives His angels charge over you – they‘re camped around you too.‖ (Hebrews 1:14). And saved him out of all his troubles. ―The Angel of the LORD‖ in the Old Testament speaks of God‘s visiting presence with His people – specifically the ―Angel of the LORD‖ was the second person of the Trinity: the SON. even if it isn‘t perfect—and let God build an army right there. and delivers them. How many of you have ever wished to see Jesus? Or ever wished to see an angel? Well.Psalm 34:6-7 … ―This poor man cried out. but he strengthened himself in God. ―…ministering spirits sent out to minister for those who will inherit salvation. and the LORD heard him. and he wrote these words . . I‘m sure he felt vulnerable many times. It was Jesus. The One who would centuries later be born in Bethlehem.‖ Are you trusting in God today? Jesus Christ is encamped all around you! He said: ―I will never leave you nor forsake you. CONCLUSION: David wrote Psalm 34 while he was here at Adullam‘s Cave.It‘s time to throw in your lot in the Cave of Adullam—where God‘s people are.‖ God was with him. On the run from mad king Saul – hold up in a cave with all these needy men coming to him. but they‘re there! God‘s Word says they are. and delivers them. You only need Jesus – but all His angels are with us as well. The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him. ―The Angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him. they‘re not often seen.

But you know sometimes I‘m like the little girl who was frightened by a great storm in the middle of the night. But He knew (he wrote songs about it) that God was with him – and God‘s angelic host was with him – and then there were these most precious angels: the 400 men who came to him from everywhere. And that‘s where YOU come in. but right now I need someone with skin on to love me!‖ I don‘t know about you. But there‘s moments that I need to hear an audible voice tell me it‘s going to be OK – to feel a physical embrace. I don‘t doubt God‘s presence for one moment – never have. supporting. It‘s an army God is welding together. It‘s not a club we join. discontented they came. encouraging. . And they camped around about David. Distressed. and it‘s so much better than every alternative. I trust Him that things are going to work out. It‘s not a meeting we attend. he needed them as much as they needed him. But it‘s God‘s provision for you. But you and I have to make a choice. And in the local church – in this church – God will weld together an army for His glory. but sometimes I need ―someone with skin on to love me‖. and you won‘t have a care in the world. Hard times. but they were strengthening him. It‘s not a building we go to. That is the church. The church is not a Rose Garden. I know God loves me and He‘ll take care of me. Adullam‘s cave is not a picnic. Her daddy came in and said: ―Why are you afraid. don‘t you know that God is with you and He‘ll take care of you?‖ And she said. ―Yes daddy. to stand strong shoulderto-shoulder in every circumstance of life. and she called out to her daddy in the next room. That we will trust God for His full provision – living alongside others who are also trusting God. in debt. It‘s Adullam‘s Cave. Protecting. And it‘s time to give up your discontentment – searching for that one place where everything will go your way. He was training them. Why. The church … God‘s love with skin on! David was hiding from Saul in a cave. Encouraging one another – sharing whatever blessing we have with each other. That we will turn away from our life on the run from the oppressing enemy.

. but willing to offer what they had to fight and defend what little they had left. David clearly was trying not only to escape the wrath of Saul. wanted to get out of the public eye to not allow a revolt to begin centered around him.. have no desire for them to experience it either! Here came distressed men who had been impoverished with little money or wealth of their own. We know that according to the Word of God. One of the meanings of the word ―distressed‖ here is ―harassed‖. for one motive or another found their way to David. Their pain was evident that day as they found themselves coming to David in the Cave of Adullam. IN DISTRESS Here were these men who had lived under the opression. These men who flocked to David that day may not have been men that he would have chosen if he had set out to start an army of his own. and unfair treatment of King Saul which was getting worse all the time. But if you were going to start an army.I. OR WOULD YOU? I think there is something about those that have felt the pain of the past. These men... we have nothing to offer Him as we have been distressed and beaten down by the world and it‘s ways. have no desire for it in the future. and is also actively harassing the Christian. and in debt. you wouldn‘t start one with those that were distressed. discontented. and when they love people. Let‘s face it.. he is actively accusing the brethren . We need to remember that the Devil is still going about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.. This word here ―Distress‖ means outwardly impoverished and harassed. when we come to Jesus. but I believe also.

but I‘m going to go with what Jesus says about me! 1 John 3:2 Beloved. Here were men in pain uniting with a man in pain.. You cannot take back what the Devil stole from you until you are encouraged in the Lord. because the soul of all the people was grieved. for the people spake of stoning him. when he shall appear. and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that. One might say that David was a bit discouraged here as well. They were going to do something about it together. now are we the sons of God. and hurts to the foot of the cross to a man who has felt the needs of humanity because he became a man and .. and he will encourage us! I believe that you and I can find encouragement in our times of discouragement. I‘m glad that we can bring all of our struggles. for we shall see him as he is. but David had something about him that knew how to find God in his moment of struggle... We read in 1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed. Hope in our times of hopelessness! I believe also that there is often nothing so uniting as pain. There was something about David who knew how to encourage himself in the Lord that drew these men to him. 1 Samuel 30:18 And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives. I believe that we can go to Jesus Christ today in all of our distress.even now! You can listen to those accusations if you want to. pains. every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. we shall be like him.

Many had become impoverished financially because of the exorbitant amounts of interest. and is able to respond and help you! Not only did they come Distressed.. I owed a debt I could not pay‖ We came to Jesus Christ. Debt was one of the worst evils of ancient times. he is able to help those who are being tempted. and the fact that there children were going to have to serve as slaves just to pay off the debt. and unable to pay the debt. They looked into the eyes of their children. there was a fire that was being lit in the spirits of the men.. ..suffered like you and I.. Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted. not only to the debtor. and said.. we aren‘t going to take it any longer! There‘s a song we sing often here. and the rate of interest was so high that a loan was sure to be utter ruin. Are you distressed and harrassed by the Devil and his lies tonight? You can bring your needs to the Cave of Adullam knowing that Jesus Christ is available. and has felt your needs. in debt. but the Bible says that they came. but also his children might have to be slaves to repay the debt owed. With each payment. II. AS DEBTORS Here were men who had been taxed and overtaxed again.. and realized there was no way out of the situation they found themselves in. and looked into the depths of their hearts. and it is: ―He Paid A Debt He did not owe. They began to think about the unfairness of it all...

in bringing many sons unto glory. No longer was the welfare and well-being of the people the goal. and by whom are all things.. and will leave you along side the road for dead once he‘s finished with you.The Bible says ―All have sinned and come short of the glory of God‖ and it also says that the ―wages of sin is death‖. that debt has already been paid. but I‘m here to tell you tonight that Jesus Christ came to give us life. for whom are all things.. III. to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. You could never give enough money to the work of God to make it happen. He is the Captain of our Salvation! We are in this great army of the redeemed. Your debt is paid only as you receive a FREE Gift that came through the shed blood and grace of the Captain of our Salvation. and in Debt. I want you to know today that if you‘ll come into the Cave of Adullam and take a glance at the man waiting for you. but his .. but I believe we also come to him as. THE DISCONTENTED Here they were serving in a Kingdom that more and more was becoming oppressive and stifling to the people. The Bible says that He became Sin for us! The enemy of your soul will tax you. following the Captain who has suffered. and give it more abundantly! It is said here that David became their Captain! I believe that according to Hebrews 2:10 Jesus Christ became our Captain! For it became him. and overtax you. Your debt was cancelled on the Old Rugged Cross if you‘ll just accept it. yet was made perfect in those sufferings! You will never be able to pay your debt no matter how hard you try. but to be served. Jesus Christ! Not only do we come to Jesus Distressed. King Saul was no longer there to serve.. Good works can‘t do it.

on his 30th anniversary with the brothers. One of the reasons that it has been stated in the word that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to be saved. All you do is complain anyway. "Hard bed!" Finally. That lost loved one of mine needs to feel the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.. There is one thing we need to know about the enemy of our souls and his kingdom.. We need to pray. comfort the afflicted." Discontentment is not always a bad thing! There are times that our discontentment moves us from one job to another.. He is not in it for your well-being. A man decided to join a monastery and one of the rules of the group was that you were only allowed to speak two words every ten years. and will want more and more even after you have given all. "Bad food!" Ten more years went by and he said. from spiritual complacency to spiritual fervency! . He has become content.one part of the country to another.. Even our churches today need people who become discontented with the same old. they have to become so discontented with the state of their life. "I quit!" And the priest in charge responded. At the end of ten years he said. same old. He will take all there is to take from you. he thundered. and the fleeting illusion of fame. Lord. and dissatisfied with their life. They need to see the futility of riches.. and the lack of revival and moving of the Holy Spirit in the church. and comfortable in his position.. that they would find their way to their own ―cave of Adullam‖ wherever they are..comfort was of utmost importance. I believe that before a person ever comes to the Lord. and I pray that you would make them so discontented.. and afflict the comforted. "You might as well. is that often a rich man sees no need for the salvation of his soul...

clothed in fine linen. but he himself. [12] His eyes were as a flame of fire. that no man knew. and think that he started out with a pretty sorry group of guys. But now we see not yet all things put under him. that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. and on his head were many crowns. but when you begin to think that they had been in Distressed. and he had a name written. and outclassed. There would be food on the table. [15] And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword.We may take an initial look at the army that David started out with. Their children would be free. you may feel outnumbered. and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True. white and clean. he left nothing that is not put under him. and behold a white horse. and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. It ain‘t over yet! Don‘t forget. and Discontent. but you have come to the right place. and Lord of Lords! Hebrews 2:7-8 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels.. and cattle in the stalls! For those of us today who have joined the Army of God. in Debt. [14] And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses. and didst set him over the works of thy hands: [8] Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. and their wives would be blessed. Rev. thou crownedst him with glory and honour. Jesus Christ has been anointed King of Kings. 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened. but rest assured the kingdom is on the way! You might feel like you‘re in the Cave of Adullam right now. you begin to realize that there was a fire that was burning somewhere in these men to do something about the position they found themselves in. All they needed was a good captain. and their life was going to amount to something. [13] And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [16] And he .. For in that he put all in subjection under him.

―David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. no one is concerned for me. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me. You can see in this picture how rough and rocky that region is and what a good hideout it would make. Story: A. David has now left the land of the Philistines and has returned to his native area of Judah. for I am in desperate need. I am brought very low. He is hiding in a cave all alone without security and without food. The Bible says. I cry to you. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me. ―I cry aloud to the LORD. 2. But this is certainly the lowest moment of David‘s life to date. Look to my right and see.‖ 2.‖ (1 Sam. I have no refuge. The exact location of this rock cave has been disputed by scholars.hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written. Set me free from my prison. That‘s how David felt as a cave dweller – ―I don‘t know of a soul on earth who cares for my soul. 3. all we have to do is read the Psalms he composed during this period. I pour out my complaint before him. but it may very well have been one of the desert hideouts not far from Bethlehem with which David was familiar from his days as a lonely shepherd boy. KING OF KINGS. I say. 6. O LORD. AND LORD OF LORDS. 22:1a) 1. rescue me from those who pursue me. I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. that I may praise your name. no one cares for my life. He is away from everything and everyone he loved – that is everyone except God. Deliver me. And if we want to know how he really felt.‘ Listen to my cry. When my spirit grows faint within me.‖ . it is you who know my way. 4. 5. Look again at the verses from Psalm 142. Lord. before him I tell my trouble. for they are too strong for me. 1. my portion in the land of the living. B. ‗You are my refuge.

―David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me.3. He is hiding in a cave all alone without security and without food. B. It is this part of David that God knew that caused God to choose him and call him a man after God‘s own heart. it is you who know my way. Can you feel David‘s despair? C. I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. before him I tell my trouble. 2. 3. . but it may very well have been one of the desert hideouts not far from Bethlehem with which David was familiar from his days as a lonely shepherd boy. 1. David has not lost sight of his God. I have no refuge. 3. no one is concerned for me. Can you feel the darkness and dampness of that cave? 5. The Bible says. When my spirit grows faint within me. it is not to destroy us. David has been brought to this place where God can truly begin to shape him and use him. The exact location of this rock cave has been disputed by scholars. all we have to do is read the Psalms he composed during this period. 2. He is away from everything and everyone he loved – that is everyone except God. ―I cry aloud to the LORD. Look to my right and see. 4. David has now left the land of the Philistines and has returned to his native area of Judah. When the sovereign God brings us to the bottom. But this is certainly the lowest moment of David‘s life to date. He cries out to the Lord for deliverance. 1. Can you feel the loneliness of that desolate spot? 4. And if we want to know how he really felt. but Story: A. so that he might praise the Lord and be a leader of the righteous. 4. to a place of nothing. Yet in the midst of all this. You can see in this picture how rough and rocky that region is and what a good hideout it would make. I pour out my complaint before him.‖ (1 Sam. Look again at the verses from Psalm 142. 22:1a) 1. no one cares for my life.

Can you feel David‘s despair? C. So what did David do? He rose to the occasion. 3. 4. but here they were anyhow.‖ (1 Sam. rescue me from those who pursue me. Set me free from my prison.‖ 3. they went down to him there. He cries out to the Lord for deliverance. 5. I don‘t know if David wanted to see his family at that point or not. I say. O LORD. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me.‖ 2. 3. E. Look at what happens next – look who God brings to David. Can you feel the darkness and dampness of that cave? 5. David has not lost sight of his God. 1. 22:1b) 2. ‗You are my refuge. And later when his father sent him to the battlefield to check on his brothers. David has been brought to this place where God can truly begin to shape him and use him. they reacted very negatively toward him and accused him of having a wicked and selfish heart. 2. that I may praise your name. The Bible says. Yet in the midst of all this. 1. When the sovereign God brings us to the bottom. I am brought very low. ―When his brothers and his father‘s household heard about it. 4. it is not to destroy us. D. It is this part of David that God knew that caused God to choose him and call him a man after God‘s own heart. Lord.I cry to you. to a place of nothing.‘ Listen to my cry. His dad had almost forgotten that he existed when Samuel came to the house looking for candidates for the next king. for I am in desperate need. Deliver me. my portion in the land of the living. . for they are too strong for me. Can you feel the loneliness of that desolate spot? 4. but to rebuild us. This is the same family that had not been all that good to David along the way. That‘s how David felt as a cave dweller – ―I don‘t know of a soul on earth who cares for my soul. so that he might praise the Lord and be a leader of the righteous.

He showed a measure of his unusual discretion and love by making the decision to move his family to a place of safety. So here came hundreds of people who were stressed out. a. 7. was his great. greatgrandmother. 2. 5. he would have to go all the way to Moab to try to do so. If Saul. The Bible says. and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold. a.1. ―All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him. What a motley crew this was! (Show picture – I wonder if they looked like this group?) 3. How did these folks get so distressed. F. 22:3-4) 3. With them came those who were in debt. ―From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab. who married Boaz. But David‘s family wasn‘t the only group that God sent to David there in the cave. And with them came those who were discontented. he swiftly took everyone to Moab. Interestingly. 4. ‗Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?‘ So he left them with the king of Moab. About four hundred men were with him. (see Map) 4.‖ (1 Sam. Moab was the region from which his ancient maternal roots had come. the remarkable Moabite widow.‖ (1 Sam. They had extended themselves too far with their creditors. The Bible says. 1. a region east of the Dead Sea. 22:2) 2. All those who were in distress came. to have been wronged or mistreated. These were the people who couldn‘t pay their bills. under pressure. under stress. In Moab David made arrangements for his aged parents to take refuge in comparative safety. 6. in his madness wanted to try to get to David through David‘s family. Ruth. Knowing that his family would be in danger because of Saul‘s hatred of David. The Hebrew word means ―to be in bitterness of soul. out of the land of Israel.‖ 6. indebted and discontented? The answer is . a. The Hebrew word means ―distress. 5. and he became their leader.‖ b.

7. he delivers them from all their troubles. but the LORD delivers him from them all. 5. The people were really aching under the rule of Saul G. How do you think David felt about this? I doubt that this is the kind of support group he was looking for! 2.‖ 3. Believe it or not. H. Why would God send a group like this to David? I think that there are several things going on here. 6. dank cave became a place of training for those who were the beginning of the army that would later be called ―David‘s mighty men of valor. desperate people and taught them disciple and character and gave them direction. David went to the cave to hide.– King Saul.‖ . A righteous man may have many troubles. but God saw it differently. The righteous cry out. to cut off the memory of them from the earth. 1. God was preparing David to lead the nation. and the LORD hears them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Long before Saul had been anointed king. like this one that he wrote in Psalm 34:1519. David taught them the truths of God. First of all. ―The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry. This motley crew would become his mighty men in battle. Samuel the prophet had warned them about the oppression the new monarch would bring. the face of the LORD is against those who do evil. David rallied this group of disgruntled. 2. 8. 4. They were destined to win the greatest victories that the people of God ever enjoyed. and his cabinet when he took office. that dark.

‖ 2. and amid his distressed comrades. Scripture tells us of one final development in today‘s story. 3. 2. This motley crew was coming to love David with an incredible loyalty. 3. ‗Do not stay in the stronghold. and three of his men fight their way through the Philistine army to get David water from that well. Never would he be immune to the suffering of his subjects when he became their king. in addition to learning leadership. and to suffer among the poor. (2 Sam. Second. 2. The mention of the prophet Gad is significant – lone individuals did not have their own prophets. Amid his exile and his grief. No king had ever been put through what David was about to be put through. David would become the most beloved ruler ever to reign in Israel. David was learning first hand the frustration and anguish of the oppressed. The Bible says. David is longing for the water from a certain well near the gate of Bethlehem.‘ So David left and went to the forest of Hereth. K. 23) 5. Go into the land of Judah. and self-less. 1. In a future story. 4. but in the midst of it David was honorable. ―But the prophet Gad said to David.I. 4. he is the Lord‘s chosen king. and God intends to direct his steps. 1. for he knew fully what it was to be the underdog. 1. and the oppressed. His men will come to a place of commitment to David that his wish is their command. . Even though David is in exile. A third thing I think was happening during this period was the binding of the hearts of the people to David. Oh how important it is for us to learn compassion! J. David was developing an enormous empathy for the underprivileged of his people. 3. I believe David was learning compassion.

women. Whatever it is that we are experiencing. dark cave. I think that there is a contrast to take note of – Saul has lost all prophetic support. and he does what God gives him to do. h. 1. That‘s not the truth. 9. God hears and honors such vulnerability. That‘s what David did and said. but David already has a prophet to advise him. the lesson I want us to embrace and embody has to do with David‘s reaction to his circumstances. a. as well as those of his men. we can be honest with God about that and we can be honest with each other about it as well. learn from ―David The Caveman‖ to help us in our lives? Let me suggest several. But because of David‘s prompt compliance with the will of God. his life would be spared. 7. As the rest of chapter 22 reveals.4. 5. First of all. b. i. d. We don‘t need to fake it with God. j. infants. And when he turned to God. Remember Psalm 142:1-3? . children. rather he turned to God. B. Abiathar. I get so tired of the false Christian philosophy that is so often promoted today that says that the Christian life is just one silver-lined cloud after another – and that Christians always have to be positive and soaring. Others were destined to be less fortunate and fall under the mad fury of Saul‘s cruel. we can be honest with God about how we feel about it. the son of Ahimelech the priest will be the only one to escape and survive. in his bitter anger Saul will annihilate innocent priests. g. avenging temper. and animals. When we find ourselves in that kind of place. e. 8. It took faith for David to obey the voice of the prophet Gad and to leave the stronghold of security. David didn‘t turn away from God in the midst of his trouble. Sometimes we Christians find ourselves in the pit of pain and despair. c. 6. Sometimes the Christian life includes a deep. he cried out and was honest with God about how he felt about the situation. and that‘s not reality. When David finds himself in the most difficult of circumstances he does two things – He cries out to God. and David invited him to join David‘s gang for protection. f.

4. and crowned Him with glory and honor. David is a great example for us when we find ourselves in difficult situations. before him I tell my trouble. d. When my spirit grows faint within me. 5. i. ―No. and we should look for the opportunities that God is giving us to serve. No matter where we are and no matter what is happening. I pour out my complaint before him. 3. we will not only be blessed in the midst of the situation. The Captain of our salvation was rejected by men and crucified. He could have said. So. b. David easily could have shirked these assignments. distressed folks. Then God sent David a motley crew of 400 difficult. e.‖ 2. 2. it is you who know my way. I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. 1. c. f. When David was led to the cave. We aptly fit the description of those who were in distress. I want things my way and I‘m not going to serve you until they are. g. In the midst of whatever is happening. but God lifted Him up and placed Him upon the throne. in debt and were discontented. What was his job? To minister to them. We simply need to respond to the Lord by doing the job he has assigned. . we will also be a blessing to others. C. To train them for the future. h. Therefore. The other lesson I want us to consider has to do with the way that David‘s situation reminds us of Jesus and His coming into the world. God has an assignment for us. The other thing that David did was he busied himself with the Lord‘s assignment.‖ 3. And Jesus gathered to himself a motley crew of malcontents and sinners like us. that he missed God‘s opportunities and assignments. God sent David his family whom he needed to take to a place of protection. we should be sure to stay honestly connected with God.―I cry aloud to the LORD. he had no idea what jobs God was about to assign. He could have been so caught up in himself and his own frustrations. a. To give them direction. But then it became obvious.

and that‘s what God‘s people should be. our Stronghold. They don‘t need more guilt or more piled-on distress – no they are hurting enough already. our Mighty Rock. Think of the kind of people who were attracted to Jesus during His ministry – they were the sinners and the outcasts of society. emotionally or spiritually in distress. 10. we become a community of refuge. our shelter. 7. 5. You can tell people secrets and they usually don‘t tell others or even want to. our Fortress. And that continues to be the will of God for the church – to create a caring community of love and truth that changes the world – one person at a time. And with God as our refuge. outcast individuals – He created a community of love and truth that changed the world. accepting. Our churches too often miss it. And those tend to still be the kind of people who are more likely to be open to the message of Christ today. and so many seek a counterfeit at the price of a few beers.4. Let me end with this quote from the book Edge of Adventure. 9. debt or discontented don‘t need a group of critics. democratic. That‘s what God is. and inclusive fellowship. and they still don‘t. What they need is a safe and secure environment. They need a place to hide and heal.‖ . common. D. dispensing liquor instead of grace. 13. but because God has put into the human heart the desire to know and be known. to love and be loved. The bar flourishes not because most people are alcoholics. But look at what Jesus did with his band of uneducated. but it is a permissive. God is our refuge. It‘s an imitation. by Keith Miller and Bruce Larson: ―The neighborhood bar is possibly the best counterfeit there is to the fellowship Christ wants to give his church. escape rather than reality. 6. Those who were powerful and viewed themselves as perfect were not the ones who came to Jesus. permissive – a fellowship where people can come in and say. People who are physically. It is unshockable. ‗I‘m sunk!‘ ‗I‘m beat!‘ ‗I‘ve had it!‘ Alcoholics Anonymous has this quality. our High Tower. It is democratic. 8. 11. 14. They need a place of encouragement. With all my heart I believe that Christ wants his church to be unshockable. 12. They need a refuge. 15.

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