by Jerry Vines

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Cave Matters (4 of 19)
Series: Heart Matters
Jerry Vines
1 Samuel 22-24

David was a man after God's own heart. The Bible says we are to keep our hearts with all diligence for out of the heart are the issues of life. So, our heart matters are very, very important. We learn a lot of lessons about the heart from the life and times of David.

This particular study is Cave Matters. There are a lot of matters of life and matters of the heart to be learned in the cave experiences of life.

David's life, at this juncture, could well be summarized in chapter 21:10 where it says, ''And David arose and fled that day for fear of Saul.'' David is on the run. David is a fugitive. He can hear Saul's bloodhounds baying in the distance and they are getting closer and closer. Saul is a king insane with jealousy and there is one overwhelming passion in his heart-- find David and kill him like a dog.

These are the fugitive years of David. The earlier we would call his formative years. Those were the years when he was developing character in his life. The fugitive years were approximately ten of the years of David's life. These are the years when he will be developing the convictions that will guide him and serve him well in the years when he reigns upon the throne as king.

Keep in mind that David is going through a variety of experiences. Geographically, David will not be in a cave all of these times. Sometimes he will be hidden in the woods. At other times he will be hidden on the sides of a mountain. Many times David will find himself in caves, running and seeking a place of refuge.

This refutes one of the ideas going around today about the Christian life. A lot of people would have you believe that the Christian life is just one continuous mountaintop experience after another. But the fact of the matter is, the Christian life is not always lived on mountaintops. There are those experiences of life which can only be described as cave experiences.

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