The Cave Of Adullam
For a Christian feeling the pressure of trials and persecution, a study of 1 Samuel, is beneficial. David, the anointed heir to the throne, is on the run, hunted by his predecessor and incumbent, Saul. Unable to control his envy, Saul seeks David’s life. Unable to control his enemy, David seeks safety with the aid of his close confidante, Saul's son, Jonathan. In 1 Samuel 22:1-2, we find David taking refuge in the cave of Adullam.
The account of David in the cave is an appropriate picture of our gathering together unto Him. Upon learning where he was, his family and an assortment of various others came to him and made him their leader. We read; ‘David, therefore, departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam…and every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them.' Imagine the scene: all those with a grievance against Saul, gravitated to the cave, seeking solace in David.
Adullam means 'justice for the people', which is fitting given the occupants. Among the group were those who were troubled, those who were avoiding creditors, and those who were bitter in soul. What an assortment of folk! In David, they saw someone who sympathised with them, and so they followed him into exile.
It is likely that when we meet together to remember Him again this morning, there will be those present who are troubled. Furthermore, we all owe Him an enormous debt–we were nothing but insolvent before a righteous God. But is it possible that the malaise of bitterness has taken a grip of our soul? While oftentimes we are not able to control our debt nor our troubles, we do get to control our contentedness.
As we come together againthis morning, let us lay aside our own misadventures, and focus on the perfections of our leader, 'great David's greater Son.'