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 last time, a week or so ago, that I was writing from 1 Samuel I said that I thought that fleeing to Gath was a bit dangerous. Well it was! Gath (Philistia) was the nearest country to which he could flee, but….Who could forget the David/Goliath event? And there were some who soon recognized this escapee from Israel as the David of the event! So they reminded Achish of the song about Saul and David and somehow or other David got to hear the court murmurings. He acted as if he had gone mad and put on a convincing act. Convinced by the act Achish refuses him admission with the comment that he had enough madmen around him already! So David needed another urgent plan, which we’ll hear about tomorrow.
Prayer: There are many circumstances in life which demand quick choices. Help me to think clearly and wisely.