A Song From a Madman

A Song From a Madman

David wrote Psalm 34 after God had led him through a series of events. First he was driven out of his own country by Saul and forced to flee to Gath of the Philistines. While there, he was discovered and taken to their King, Abimelech. David obviously had great concern because he had killed Goliath, one of their champions. Instead of being killed or imprisoned, God had other plans for David. In 1 Samuel 21 the Bible gives the context of the events in David’s life before he writes the lyrics to Psalm 34. “And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.  And 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? And David laid up these words in his heart, and was sore afraid of Achish the king of Gath.  And he changed his behavior 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. Then said Achish unto his servants, Lo, ye see the man is mad: wherefore then have ye brought him to me? Have 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?”

God saw fit to let David be let go unscathed. While hiding in the cave of Adullam he penned the words to Psalm 34. This Psalm is a testimony of God’s goodness to David. It would be easy for someone to take credit for such a scheme that David used to escape Abimelech, but David realized it was God who was the true hero of the story. Verses 4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” And verse 6 says, “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” God ought to be the hero in our testimonies. Too often Christians take the credit for what God does in our lives. When someone complements you, give God the credit. When you are victorious through a struggle, give God the credit. 

When we give God the credit for what he has done in our lives and we openly share that testimony with a lost person, we are witnessing. We are sharing with them the love of God. If we are sharing that testimony with a fellow Christian, all it does is strengthen their faith in God. Let’s invite others to, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (vs 8).

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