Vs. 1, “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Twice David would hide in caves to flee from this Saul. In this passage, this was the second time David fled into a cave. Notice that David’s confidence wasn’t necessarily on the rocks that hid him, but the God’s shadow of wings which protected him. We’ve been reading lately of David’s exploits in avoiding the enemy…and something that continues to amaze me about David is that never do we see a hint of the blame being put upon God. In fact…these very dangers David would endure ends up only increasing his faith in God!
Regarding application…Enduring Tough Situations. Have any of you experienced Caving? Back in the Midwest, there are many caves and I’ve visited a few tourist cave sites. But, the story that I’m about to tell you is when I had the chance to go caving “spelunking” with some friends of mine. It was a local cave about 80 minutes from Jasper. We all had the hats with the lights on the top (like the movies). We had gone about a 1/2 into the cave, when I had found a small opening that led to another way. Unbeknowest to me…this opening was smaller than I realized…in a few short minutes, I found myself completely trapped in a crevice. It was a pretty scary experience…It took about two hours to get me out! I had thought that I was going to have to be stuck there for days.
The point of that story is to share with you that Caves in general are not nice experiences. When David fled to a cave it wasn’t because he wanted to go exploring. Caves are dark…wet…and pretty scary places…believe me…I know! Yet…we metaphorically have our own caves in our lives. Times or places in our lives where we had to endure tough situations. It may be in your own home with family members…it may be at school or work….even at church sometimes. Yet, even when we are in the coldness of our own caves…don’t despair. For in these caves, David was able to find even more strength…and God can give you that same strength too!