The setting of Matthew 13, as we have said on numerous
occasions, that this is how the Kingdom operates between
the “incoming” of Jesus into our lives and “second coming”
of Jesus into this world as King.
As I thought about this “interim” period, I thought of King
David. How do you live in the “in-between”? How do
you survive when you know something is inside of you but
not yet made public to everyone?
I believe this is what we are experiencing now. We have
the Kingdom inside of us. Jesus is our King and we have
surrendered to Him. But at the same time, we are living in
a time when it seems the evil one is in control and we are
waiting for the manifestation of the King inside of us to be
made public to everyone. We are waiting for the second
coming of Jesus when every knee shall bow and every
How did David deal with this “interim?” Let’s review
- Israel got a King without the blessings of God. (I Samuel 8)
- Saul is chosen as King (I Samuel 9) but is rejected due to
offering sacriﬁces as a priest (I Samuel 13) and his
disobedience to God (I Samuel 15).
- David is anointed King by Samuel. (I Samuel 16) David
becomes a foreshadowing of Jesus as “He is the chosen
one” and “anointed.”
- David’s killing of Goliath shows how Jesus will take out
the greatest enemy of His people. (I Samuel 16)
- David spends about twelve years between his anointing
by Samuel and actually becoming King running from
How did he do it?
I. He learned how to ﬁght.
I Samuel 16:18 – David is described as a “man of war….”
In just the next chapter, he takes down Goliath with the
experience of taking out a “lion or a bear” (verse 34).
18:9 says that “Saul eyed David from that day forward.”
He would later have to learn to duck ﬂying spears (18:11),
kill 200 Philistines (18:27), strikes the Philistines with a
mighty bow (19:8), escaped another spear attack from Saul
(19:10), ﬂed through a window at night (19:12), fought the
Philistines again (23:5), was the direct target of Saul and
his men (23:8) pursing him again and again (23:25)
You can’t ﬁght this battle with the ﬂesh as David did not
kill Saul twice when he had opportunity. The battle is a
spiritual one and must be won accordingly.
He is a full-pledged fugitive (20:1, 20:24, 21:10, 22:1,
Constant ﬁghting and fugitive living can depress and
discourage you. I Samuel 27 David has a surrendering
spirit and goes down to the enemy – the Philistines because
he says, “I will perish someday by the hand of Saul. There
is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape
to the land of the Philistine, and Saul will despair of me, to
seek me anymore in any part of Israel.” (verse 1).
Jesus said in Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John
the Baptist (the beginning of this new era) until now the
kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it
He learned close reliance about God.
Look at the references to David’s relationship to God:
22: 5 – obeyed the voice of the prophet to leave the
stronghold showing respect for the prophet Gad
23:2 & 4 “David inquired of the Lord”
23:11 “O Lord God of Israel, I pray, tell your servant.”
He spares the life of Saul twice showing respect for the
anointed of God and the position of the King. (24 and 26)
30:6 – David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
30:8 – “David inquired of the Lord.”
David went into caves (22:1) and strongholds (24:22,
29:29)and wrote of those experiences in Psalms
Psalm 57 – background is the cave of Adullam in I Samuel
1.) He doesn’t deny the warfare.
Verse 3 – they are hotly pursuing him.
Verse 4 – they are mouths of lions whose teeth are spears
and arrows, whose tongue is sharp swords.” They are
attacking him verbally – may be seeking to destroy his
reputation, or spreading false information or saying words
against his character or potential.
Verse 6 – they spread a net, dig a pit. They are creating
circumstances in my life that are very difﬁcult. That are in
my normal way of traveling life and I can’t avoid them.
2.) He clearly puts his trust in God.
Verse 2 – He cries out to God. When a spouse, a parent, a
pastor, a friend or counselor can’t be there, God is. Call out
“To God who performs all things for me.” ESV “His
purpose for me.” Oh, the sovereignty of God. God won’t
let anything destroy you until He is done with you.
Verse 1 – God is my refuge. He is in a cave, but that is not
the best place of refuge. This is not a passive statement,
but an active one.
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run
into it and are are safe.” Proverbs 18:10
Verse 1 – “Under the shadow of your wing.”
Here’s what Charles Spurgeon had to say about that
“Who this Man is we all know. Who could He be but…the
Lord from heaven, the Man of sorrows, the Son of Man?
What a hiding place He has been to His people! He bears
the full force of the wind Himself, and so He shelters those
who hide themselves in Him. Why do we stand in the wind,
Spurgeon says, “when we may so readily and so surely get
out of it by hiding behind our Lord? Let us, this day run to
Him and be at peace.
“He shall send from Heaven and save me.” – verse 3
He is there “until these calamities have passed by.” – verse 1.
3.) His eyes move from Himself to the glory of God.
Up to this point, it is about his sorrow and troubles. But
now his spirit is calmed and strengthened.
My heart is stedfast, O God, my heart is stedfast; …” – verse
Where is David? He’s in a lion’s den. I don’t know about
you but in the middle of a lion’s den, I don’t know that it
would occur to me to sing. But David says, “I’m going to
consciously make an effort to sing praise to the Lord. I will
sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and
lyre! I will awaken the dawn.”
David says, “I’m going to have private worship services
with the Lord. I’m going to waken the morning, as much as
these storms are heavy on my heart and nothing has
changed since last night.”
“I will sing and give praise. I will praise you, O Lord,
among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.” –
Look at other Psalms:
Psalm 34 – background is I Samuel 21-22 when is his
ﬂeeing and in a cave.
Psalm 54 – background of I Sam 23 when David was
He learned the value of close, enduring friendships.
A. The company of men.
18:27 – “David and his men” killed 200 Philistines
400 – 22:2 and they were all the men who were in distress,
debt, and discontented. – what a crew of friends
600 – 25:13 when four hundred took a sword but 200
“stayed with the supplies”
B. The covenant of Jonathan:
19: 1 – Jonathan delights in David even though his dad tells
him that David should die.
19:4 – Jonathan speaks well of David to his father
20:2 – Jonathan “had David’s back”
20:41-42 – A covenant is made between Jonathan and
23:16 – Jonathan goes down to David in the woods and
strengthened his hand in God. He encouraged David in the
One of the saddest statements in all of Scripture is in II
Timothy 4 at the end of Paul’s life when he says, “Be
diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken
me….Only Luke is with me.” (verses 9-11)