TEACHER:  Ken Hicks

SCRIPTURES: 2 Samuel 21-23 & Psalm 63, 59, 34, & 52

BOTTOM LINE:   David learns to Praise God in the BAD times as well as the GOOD times!

QUESTION:  Have you ever felt alone/isolated, and yet knew you were hearing God’s voice?  Maybe even the enemy is hot on the trail, and we’re not sure we can survive?  


Have you ever had a time in your life … when you felt totally alone? Perhaps even completely convicted that you were doing the right thing … maybe even sensed God’s leading that you were to be doing “x” … but the response of the people around you led you to feeling completely isolated and alone?

We pick up the story today in this 5 chapters of 1 Samuel [21-26] … David is alone, on the run, and literally watching the privileged life he had experienced thru the court of Saul erode right in front of him.

The King who had 1st promoted him and made him a son-n-law … now was out to kill him.

And yet, God’s Hand was still on David.  However, David would have to learn to lean into God and make sure his heart was still after God … in the BAD TIMES as well as the GOOD TIMES.

David visits the Tabernacle at Nob  (21:1)

David Is Given Holy Bread  (21:3-6)

The Sword of Goliath … and Dark Foreshadowing  (21:7-9)

David Claims Insanity before Achish of Gath  (21:10-15)

David Gathers 400 Men at the Cave of Adullam  (22:1-4)

Saul Destroys Nob  (22:5-23)

David’s Mighty Crew  (2 Samuel 23:18-39)

David Flees to the Wilderness of Judah  (1 Samuel 22:3-5)

Saul Questions the Benjamites’ Loyalty  (1 Samuel 22:6-19)

Abiathar the Priest Flees to David  (1 Samuel 22:20-23)

David Seeking the Lord regarding Keilah (1 Samuel 23:1-12)

David Hiding in the Wilderness of Ziph (1 Samuel 23:14)

Jonathan Encourages David at Horesh (1 Samuel 23:14-18)




David’s Journal:

Psalm 59:1, 4-5 … “1 Deliver me from my enemies, O God; be my fortress against those who are attacking me.  Deliver me from evildoers and save me from those who are after my blood.

I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.  Arise to help me; look on my plight!
You, Lord God Almighty, you who are the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish all the nations; show no mercy to wicked traitors.

Psalm 34:1-22 … “1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.  I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.”

Psalm 52:1-7 … “1 Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?  Why do you boast all day long, you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?  You who practice deceit, your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor.  You love evil rather than good, falsehood rather than speaking the truth.  4 You love every harmful word, you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and pluck you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.  The righteous will see and fear; they will laugh at you, saying, “Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”

Psalm 52:8-9 … “8 But I am like an olive tree, flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.  9  For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.  And I will hope in your name for your name is good.


 What Can We Learn:

  1. Provision
  2. God’s Refining
  3. Leadership 
  4. Learning 
  5. Guidance 
  6. Betrayal
  7. Praise