|Apostle Benson Musyimi|
The story of David at Ziklag is as inspiring as challenging to everyone. In fact, we all will definitely learn life lessons from the story.
David got to Ziklag while he was being chased by Saul from Cave Adullam up until Ziklag, the land of the Philistines. The king of the Philistines, Achish loved David so much and David loved him too. They both formed alliance that gave both of them protection. The king gave David an asylum to stay protected from Saul on a parcel of land in the town of Ziklag. While David now a renowned warrior joined forces with the king of Philistines to fight and conquer other territories. David enjoyed this privileged relationship with the king of the Philistines forgetting that they were the enemies of Israel and he had once killed their Goliath. The relationship went on until they were about to go to war again and encamped in Aphek against Israel who had also camped in Jezreel and the princes of the Philistines told the king Achish to send back David and his men reminding him that David could turn against them in battle by reconciling with his master Saul. 1Sam. 29:1-7. Reluctantly, David went back to Ziklag. v.8-11.
The first lesson here is that 1- God prevented David from being killed in that battle should the princes of the Philistines not voice out their displeasure, they could have plotted to kill him in that battle. 2- It would be morally wrong for David to fight against God’s people by aligning with the enemy. 3- It could have bungled his ascension to the throne but, God helped him.
On arrival to Ziklag, David discovered that the Amalekites had raided not only the land of the Philistines but his own base too taking their wives and children with them together with their livestock. They even burnt down their shelters and properties. So, from one sorrow from being sent back at Aphek, the warrior David came to an empty abode with no clue where their families and livestock were! That was double tragedy which made everyone of these soldiers cry out like babies and wailed until they had no strength in them anymore. Even Priest wailed and the people thought of stoning David. But David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:1-6.
He asked Abiathar the priest to bring the ephod and inquired of the Lord whether he should pursue, will he overcome? And the Lord told him to pursue, overtake and recover all. v.7-8. When you are in trouble, you run to God who is never troubled by your situation or challenges instead, He has the solution. Thank God, David had a relationship with the Lord. Even when the priest was himself in the same dilemma, David went to God direct who had kept him in the wood and had delivered Lion, Bear and Goliath into his hands. 1 Samuel 17:34-37, 51-54. When Saul was troubled, he went to the witch of Endor because he had lost relationship with God. But, David still maintains his relationship with the Lord.
On your way to recovery, you might need to sow a seed of kindness to get your bearing. David met an Egyptian lad in the field sick; he ministered food and drink to revive him. v.11-12. He happened to be a servant of the Amalekites. v.13-14. He took David and his men to his masters’ hideout. David did not only recover all that belong to the land of Judah, he also recovered all that belonged to the Philistines that the Amalekites had stolen. God gave him double portion, exceeding abundantly! v.15-19. Lesson here is, those who trust in the Lord will never be put to shame. The sorrow of being sent away by Philistines and all they lost to Amalekites can not be compared with the joy the Lord gave David when they recovered all!
Lesson here is, David did not dwell in the euphoria of his success in that battle. Neither did he allow material wealth he got from it becloud him to adversely affect his relationship with the Lord. As a matter of fact, an ordinance was established in Israel till today to share spoils from war equally both with those who go to battle and the army that stay to secure the home base. 1Samuel 30:22-25.
After the victory, David inquired of the Lord again and He then told him to relocate to Hebron the land that father Abraham had possessed. 2 Sam. 2:1-2.
That was not all; Saul soon killed himself in the battle against the Philistines under king Achish. After the death of Saul, the elders of Israel came to Hebron to pledge their allegiance to David and anointed him king over Israel. 2 Sam. 5:1-4. Therefore, he was not just king over Judah; he became the best king that Israel ever had. Psalm 89:20-21. David was a man after God’s own heart. Acts 13:22. God gave King David an everlasting throne.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28 (KJV)
Everything that David went through: persecution in the hands of his brothers and Saul, training, disappointments especially at Aphek in Ziklag, shame in the hand of Nabal, abuse etc, all work for his good. For thirteen years when he was anointed at seventeen, he went through trials which God used to shape his both his character and leadership quality until he became king at thirty years of age. While Saul was anointed king while he was searching for his father’s donkeys- no training neither was he groomed for the throne he occupied.
No matter the situation, maintain close and cordial relationship with the Lord just as David did. The Bible says, those who know their God will be strong and they will do exploits (no matter how terrible the circumstance is). Daniel 11:32.
The enemy might mean it for evil but, God will turn everything around for our own good.
The Bible says, though weeping may tarry at night, there will be a glorious dawn of rejoicing. Psalm 30:5. The Lord turned their sorrow to joy; their weeping to laughter. Psalm 126:1-2.
This may be likened to our persecution because of our faith or suffering because we are Christians. Paul, the apostle encourage us to take heart because it’s nothing compared with the glory that the Lord has promised those who endure to the end.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2Cor. 4:17-18.
We must suffer persecution but it will enhance godliness in our lives. 2 Tim. 3:12. Paul said, if we suffer with Him, we will also reign with Him.
David said, many are the afflictions of the righteous but, the Lord delivers him from them all. Our God is so faithful. The important thing is for us to hold on to the Armour of our faith. We may not know when, we may not know how but, He will prove Himself mighty on our behalf.
God bless you!