by John Barnett

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David's Darkest Hour: When David Felt Abandoned by God (7 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
I Samuel 21:15-22:2/Psalm 13

Psalm 13 may be the very deepest of all the pits of life David endured. In this Psalm David is all alone and momentarily felt that even God had left him. Note the exact spot these events take place in the text of I Samuel 21:15-22:2:

1 Samuel 21:15-22:2 Have I need of madmen, that you have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?" 22:1a David therefore departed from there and escaped to the cave of Adullam.

[Here is a space of an unknown duration of time; David is completely alone except for his fears and troubles which followed him into the cave; Psalm 13 is describing his experiences here]

22:1b So when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2 And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.

The Cave of
Emotional Darkness

David left Gath and was so alone that he despairs. And now David feels abandoned as moves to a new location that is very foreign to him. David wrote Psalm 13-how to overcome the feelings of despair, abandonment and loneliness when we are in a very dark situation that seems hopeless. The tone of this whole period of "cave times" is described by David in the first verse of Psalm 13. Look there with me and note the very first verse:

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? -Psalm 13:1

As a believer, regardless of the extent of our spiritual maturity, it's possible to reach a point so low we actually feel that everyone-even God-has abandoned us. That was David's desperate condition when he wrote Psalm 13 .

Psalm 13 reveals that Christ can't be our Refuge if we don't hear His invitation to flee to Him, or remember He's there. Sometimes we have t ...

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