Neal Pollard

It has been suggested that the Psalms where David appears most anxious were written from the Cave of Adullam. His time there represented one of the deepest valleys of his life. Yet, one of the many contrasts between the man who would be the most beloved king of Israel and his predecessor was the great drawing power he possessed. The drawing power was not his military prowess, though he possessed it. It was his righteous and godly way of life. His brothers and members of his family came to him there, but so did another group. About 400 men crowded into this cave. It is what is said about the non-relatives in the cave that catches my eye. Consider what is said in 1 Samuel 22:2.

Those in distress came to him. It is not said why they were distressed, but in their distress they gravitated to David. Maybe he soothed them by his faith or through his songs. But the distressed knew David would be a source of comfort.

Those in debt came to him. It is not clear how they had gotten into debt, whether of their own poor choices or through some unfair tactic of Saul or someone else. The Bible elsewhere condemns folly which leads to debt, but there is no such judgment here. The endebted knew David would be a source of relief and protection.

Those in discontent came to him. There is no reason to believe that these were discontent in the way their grumbling and complaining forefathers had been. It could well have been that they were discontent with the dangerous spiritual direction the nation was headed under Saul’s leadership. The discontent knew David would be a source of optimism and leadership.

There are people like these around you today. Some of them are your spiritual brothers and sisters. Others could be, if you were able to lend them the comfort, relief, and leadership that Christ promises (cf. Matt. 11:28-30). Are you the kind of Christian that others come to for help and guidance? Learn from David’s example and be an oasis to a world in a desert of sorrow and sin.


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