Now the Philistines had gathered all their forces at Aphek. And the Israelites were encamped by the spring that is in Jezreel. As the lords of the Philistines were passing on by hundreds and by thousands, and David and his men were passing on in the rear with Achish, the commanders of the Philistines said, “What are these Hebrews doing here?” And Achish said to the commanders of the Philistines, “Is this not David, the servant of Saul, king of Israel, who has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day.” But the commanders of the Philistines were angry with him. And the commanders of the Philistines said to him, “Send the man back, that he may return to the place to which you have assigned him. He shall not go down with us to battle, lest in the battle he become an adversary to us. For how could this fellow reconcile himself to his lord? Would it not be with the heads of the men here? Is not this David, of whom they sing to one another in dances,
Saul has struck down his thousands,
and David his ten thousands’?“
Comment: What was David planning to do if he had been made to go into the fight. Achish had learned to trust him but the remainder of the Philistine leadership rejected David, because of the great reputation which he had. According to them he was to be feared much more than Saul, and I think that I would have voted with them! What will he do now?
Prayer: Help me to learn to trust You when the way before me seems closed.