1 Samuel 23

1.Men are Problem solvers.

Vs 1 – 2 When we see a problem, we are wired to fix that problem

2. Why aren’t there more problem solvers?

Vs 3, 4 fear destroys faith.

David battled fear by going back to the presence of God.

Philippians 2: 13 For God is working in you giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

3. Men are made to win

Vs 5, 6 David won a great victory

Not only is the enemy defeated, the biblical pattern for worshiping God is being restored as the ephod comes to David.

4. Men have to be ready for the next battle.

Vs7, 8 Saul shows up to destroy David.

Satan will show up soon after victories to destroy us and our faith.

5. A Man’s real recognition

Vs 9 – 12 Keilah was going to turn David over to Saul even after he rescued them

Paul warns us about what can happen to us when we try to seek recognition from the wrong sources

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

2 Corinthians 10: 12

  • Self worth cannot find satisfaction from reputation
  • Other opinions of us can be over and under inflated
  • We are to love ourselves because this is the only way we can love others and our wives
  • We find worth in what Jesus did for us
  • He became a man for us
  • Eternal submission to the Father
        1. Even though the Lord had already ascended back into heaven, Paul was still proclaiming that he “is [present tense verb] the Son of God” (Acts 9:20)

        2. Again, thirty years or so after the Lord’s ascension, the apostle refers to the Savior, our Mediator before God, as the man, Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).

        3. The writer of Hebrews affirmed: “For both he [Christ] that sanctifies [present participle] and they that are sanctified [present participle] are all of one [nature]: for which cause he is not ashamed [present tense] to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:11).

        4. Even in the final order of things, following “the end,” Christ will deliver all things back to God, and he himself be subject to the Father (see 1 Corinthians 15:24-28

This is why David was able to let go of Keilah and submit to God.

Result: God hid him from his enemies. Vs 14