Sermon: David runs for his life


In my previous sermon we learned 03 principles which David used to defeat Goliath and how those principles can help us to defeat our own Goliaths. Victory over Goliath was a turning point in David’s life. However while David’s victory was met with the compliments of the majority he couldn’t avoid Saul’s outright hostility. Consequently David was forced into 08 years of self exile. Tonight we will consider few implications from this story.

1. No good deed ever goes unpunished

(Read 1 Samuel 18:1-30; 19:1-24; 20:1-42)

A. David became a man loved by Saul’s family, his army and all the people of Israel. Women often sang about his adventures when they danced.

B. But Saul believed otherwise. He perceived David as a threat because David out ranked him in popularity.

C. In ministry and life we will receive compliments as well as criticism. How we respond to these will make the difference.

2. The end doesn’t justify the means

(Read 1 Samuel 22:6-19)

A. David wanted to establish an environment of secrecy and lied to Ahimelech the priest, the very person who helped him.

B. David’s lie protected him from Saul but 85 priests lost their lives. They could have escape to safety had David told the truth.

C. Compromising will solve the problem at hand. But it in the long run it will produce worse problems.

3. There’s only one God. We are not Him

(Read 1 Samuel 24:3-4; 24:5-7; 26:1-25)

A. Saul feared David’s increasing popularity and sought to eliminate him although David hadn’t offended Saul in any way.

B. Saul’s response was typical but David’s wasn’t. David spared Saul’s life many times despite his right to defend himself.

C. In ministry as well as life it is important that we allow God to handle opposition without taking matters into our own hands.


In ministry and in life it’s easy to feel hopeful when people appreciate us. But there will be dark times also because we will meet people who condemn us. There will be times where we will feel all alone. Like David that’s when we must focus on God the most.

Image: John Watson