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You Do Not Need a Title or Power to do Good

Continuing our study of the life of David as he faithfully follows a poor leader (which is Saul) we pick up the story with David leaving the city of Gath. While in Gath David barely escapes the king there by acting insane and drooling down his beard (1 Samuel 21:13).

In 1 Samuel chapter 22 David escapes to a cave where his brothers, relatives, and other men gather with him. The men who gathered with David are in some type of trouble or in debt or just unhappy with their life situation so they run to David to be with him. These men are not the perfect type of followers you want to have in your corner, but that is who David has.

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Hold on to God’s Promise

Today we continue our story of the life of David seeking to learn what we can to be good followers of the leader above us.
Hold On
We pick up on the story in 1 Samuel chapter 21. In chapter 20 David hides out in a field and Jonathan comes to tell him that Saul has a plan to kill him. So, David decides to run away. 

In chapter 21 (which you can read here for free) David goes to see Ahimelech the priest in Nob. Ahimelech is surprised to see David and asks why he is traveling alone. David slightly misleads Ahimelech saying that “The king has sent me on a private matter” (v. 2). Little does Ahimelech know that David is running from Saul and trying to keep from being killed!

This is a tough time for David. He has had to run from his king, Saul; his best friend, Jonathan; and his wife, Michal. He is all alone in another town having to lie about why he is there. Bible Teacher Chuck Swindoll captures the context of David’s frame of mind beautifully when we writes,

“David had a position and he lost it. He had a wife and he lost her. He had a wise counselor [Samuel], and he lost him. He had a friend [Jonathan], and he lost him. He had self-respect, and he lost it” [1]

This must have been a tough time for David. He is the man who had killed Goliath, the one who women sang songs about, a mighty commander of war, and a husband to the king’s daughter. Yet, he is hiding like a fugitive. 
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It is Okay to Hurt When we Have Done Good

Today we are continuing our study of the early years of David’s life in 1 Samuel. What we read about in 1 Samuel are key years in David’s formation as a young man and future leader of the nation of Israel. These stories are also of tremendous importance to us as leaders because many of us, like David, have a leader we are working to faithfully serve. 

Hurt and Pain
We pick up the story of David in 1 Samuel 19 where King Saul urges his son and servants to kill David. (This was not good!) You may read 1 Samuel 19 here online, or you can just follow my summary below.

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Faithfully Serve in Spite of the Leader

Today I am continuing to write about the leadership and following principles we can learn from the life of David when he was a young man who had been anointed to be king, but was still under the rule of King Saul.

This week we are in chapter 18 of 1 Samuel which follow’s David’s triumph of killing Goliath the giant. At this point in time, David and the country of Israel are riding a lot of momentum and are at a high point. Then, we see some troubles that David encounters because of the success he had in defeating Goliath.

If you are not familiar with chapter 18 of 1 Samuel, you can read it in your own Bible or online here.

After studying this chapter in depth, I have created the theme that we as followers should:

Faithfully Serve in Spite of the Leader

In this chapter we see David do exactly that: faithfully serve in spite of Saul.