Safe and Secure

Series: But God

Title: Safe and Secure

Date: Aug. 26, 2018

Scripture: 1 Sam. 23


Intro:  Today we are continuing our series, “But God.” Last week we learned how God stepped in a provided for Joseph over a difficult stretch of his life. This week we will take a peek into the life of David and as we do we will see that God PROTECTS. Our sermon for today is called, “Safe and Secure.”



  • David was anointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel
  • David is taken into Saul’s house as one who plays music to drive away the evil spirit from Saul
  • David kills Goliath
  • Saul turns against David because the women sing, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.”
  • Saul attempts to kill David on numerous occasions
  • After one such occasion David flees and becomes a fugitive


  • Read Scripture


Verse by verse:


1-5> Willing to help

  • Saul has been rejected by God as being king over Israel
  • Saul knowing this has been consumed with killing David and because of this he has forgotten about the people he rules over.
  • Saul is so focused on killing David that he is unwilling to protect the city of Keilah.
  • Since Saul won’t protect the people, the people ask David to protect them.
  • David is wise in how he responds to the news:
    • David inquires of God
  • God says to go and defend the city. David tells his men that they are going to do this and they respond, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah. How much more then if we go to Keilah against the ranks of the Philistines?”
  • The modern day translation = We already have one person who hates us do we really need more people hating us and trying to kill us.
  • David inquires of God again and God responds, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.”
  • David follows God’s advice and they end up defeating the Philistines.
  • Let’s be willing to help but let’s make sure we seek out God’s advice first.



6-14 > Answer needed

  • Saul finds out that David is in the city of Keilah
  • Saul then summons all the people to war
    • To destroy David
    • He didn’t lift a finger to defend the city against an actual enemy but he will employ his army to defeat David and his small army.
  • David is in need of some answers
  • Once again David inquires of God and gets the answer he needs


  • The city of Keilah will turn David over to Saul
    • Don’t hate them too much because in the previous chapter Saul had an entire city slaughtered just because David visited there.
  • David upon hearing the news from God decides to flee the city
    • Sometimes it is better to flee than stay and fight
  • Read verse 14
    • David is safe and secure because God is PROTECTING him



15-18 > Encouraged

  • Saul and his men are not able to locate David but his good Jonathan is
  • Jonathan locates David and his men and proceeds to encourage David
    • He encourages David in the Lord = Jonathan reminds David of God’s promises
  • We could use a friend or two who will encourage us in the Lord



19-23 > Tattle-tells

  • The Ziphites find out that David is staying in their territory and they tell Saul.
  • For every good friend we might also have a foe



24-27 > Cat and Mouse

  • Saul is chasing David all over the area
  • Saul goes one direction and David goes the other
  • Saul zigs and David zags


28-29 > The Great Escape

  • Read verses





  • With wisdom to help us make proper decisions
    • David got his answers from God by using the ephod
      • It is likely that this wasn’t just any ephod; this was the ephod of the High Priest, which had the breastplate of judgment (Exo_28:15) attached to it (Exo_28:28). The breastplate had in it a pouch with two stones, known as the Urim and Thummim (Exo_28:30). When David inquired of the LORD, he probably asked Abiathar to use the Urim and Thummim. (Guzik)


  • How did the priest use the Urim and Thummim to inquire of the LORD? The names Urim and Thummim mean “Lights and Perfections.” We aren’t sure what they were or how they were used. Most think they were a pair of stones, one light and another dark, and each stone indicated a “yes” or “no” from God. The idea is that High Priest would ask God a question that could be answered with a “yes” or a “no,” reach into the breastplate, and pull out the stone indicating God’s answer. This ephod, with the Urim and Thummim, was more helpful to David than a thousand soldiers, because it helped him discern the will of God. (Guzik)


  • We don’t use this method anymore because Jesus is our great high priest.
    • 1:7 > The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.


  • 2:6 > For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.


  • James 1:5 > But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given him.


  • We all need God’s wisdom and when we seek out God’s wisdom and then follow that wisdom it protects us from making poor decisions.
    • And the consequences that come with poor decisions



  • With encouragement to keep us from giving up
    • It is easy to grow discouraged and at times we can all use some encouragement. Even David needed some encouragement
      • We need some friends who will encourage us when things get tough
        • With your presence – Jonathan showed up
          • Show up
        • With your words – Jonathan spoke of God’s promises
          • Remind them why they started doing what they are doing
          • Remind them that God is with them
          • Be uplifting
        • With your continued friendship
          • Let them know that no matter what you will be there to help



  • We need to look out for others and see if they need some encouragement


  • We need to allow others to encourage us
    • Don’t be filled with pride and think you don’t need some encouragement


  • With His own power
    • 24-27 > God sent the Philistines to raid the land and force King Saul to leave David alone
    • Read Psalm 54



Closing: As the sermon comes to a close remember this: BUT GOD PROTECTS. God wants to protect you against the enemy; God wants to protect you from you; and God wants to protect you with His power.