David's Panic Motivated Madness (Part 2) (1 Samuel 21:10-15)

Pastor David Zooeff, April 5, 2015
Part of the Life of David Series series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

David further descends into madness, this time going to Gath, Goliath's home town with Goliath's own sword. He has gone from the frying pan into the fire. When David is recognised he feigns madness in order to escape. David's sin produced fear that led him to look away from God. It reminds us that non of us, no matter how spiritual, are beyond backslidding. But David's departure to Gath helped him to refocus upon the Lord as he testifies to in Psalms 34 and 56.

1 Samuel 21:10-15

10And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath. 11And the servants of Achish said unto him, Is not this David the king of the land? did they not sing one to another of him in dances, saying, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands? 12And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath. 13And he changed his behaviour before them, and feigned himself mad in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard. 14Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me? 15Have I need of mad men, that ye have brought this fellow to play the mad man in my presence? shall this fellow come into my house? (KJV)