And David rose and fled that day from Saul and went to Achish the king of Gath. And the servants of Achish said to him, “Is not this David the king of the land? Did they not sing to one another of him in dances,
‘Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?”
And David took these words to heart and was much afraid of Achish the king of Gath. So he changed his behaviour before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”
Comment: The song of the women praising David above Saul had got David into trouble with Saul, when first sung. Now, not surprisingly, it stops him being welcome back in Goliath’s territory. Feigning madness he saves his life but has to find another place of refuge. The king of Gath will not have him at the royal table.
Prayer: Thank You for protecting your servants, God.