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David's Cave Experience (5 of 6)
Series: A Character Study on Discouragement
January 29, 2003
1. Psalm 57 records David's prayer when he was hiding in a cave at En-gedi (I Samuel 24). David, you will remember, had fled for his life--he was running from King Saul.
a. Because of Saul's transgressions Samuel had anointed David to be King of Israel. As a result, Saul was jealous and sought to take David's life.
1) 1 Samuel 24:2, "Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats."
2. A couple of weeks ago, we were looking at Elijah and his cave experience. Elijah was running for his life, but differently than David, he was running because of a lack of faith.
a. Jezebel had threatened to kill him and Elijah took off. God finds him trembling in the back of a cave. We remember His words: "What doest thou here, Elijah?" (I Kings 19:3).
3. Let me make it perfectly clear, David's cave experience was entirely different that of Elijah's. God did not lead Elijah to a cave, but He did lead David there.
a. David was in the will of God; Elijah was out of the will of God.
1) Listen a cave experience can be good thing, or it can be bad thing. It just depends on whether or not God has placed you there. David said in (vs.1), "In the shadow of Thy wings will I make my refuge."
4. Our theme has been on discouragement. We have been looking at the lives of different Christians in the Bible, who, at one time or the other, were greatly discouraged. a. Hopefully, we can learn some things from them that will keep us from discouragement, or at least help us if we do become discouraged.
5. Let me give you a brief outline this evening:
I. David's Discouragement
II. David's Deportment
III. David's Dependence
I. DAVID'S DISCOURAGEMENT (vs. 6)
1. David was discouraged. Notice his words in (vs.6), "My soul is bowed ...
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