David was turned back by the king of Achish, and as he went back to his camp, he saw a sight that horrified him and his men. A band of raiders (their size unknown) came to destroyed Ziklag, where David and his entourage resided. So distraught were the people there was murmuring in their midst at and against their leader, David; he needed to be stoned for this outrage. Having found the proper strength, David pursues the Amalekites, destroying them, and recovering all that was taken. So large was the spoil that David sent to the elders of the various cities of Judah gifts. He sent “to all the places in which he had wandered with his men, i.e., where he had wandered about during his flight from Saul, and in which he had no doubt received assistance. Sending these gifts could not fail to make the elders of these cities well disposed towards him, and so to facilitate his recognition as king after the death of Saul” (Keil & Delitzsch, E-Sword).
Application: David strengthened himself in the Lord. One can’t possibly imagine the horrified feeling of seeing such destruction of loved ones and material possessions. Add to this the murmuring in the army that David is the guilty one who allowed this to occur (thus, the talk of stoning), and it might have been all too much to handle. To whom could David turn? He could turn to a support group of men who knew that he was not guilty of anything; no doubt they would have been of much help. He could not turn to his family, for they were gone! His parents? Some think they were dead, but if they were not, they too were gone. The Lord turns and looks to His disciples and asked them, “Will you go away also? Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” To whom could David go, but to the Lord?
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