I Will Fear No Evil, For Thou Art With Me

David Gets Anointed

King David, the second King of Israel was anointed as King by Samuel. He was a teenager at the time, was born in Bethlehem and died in Jerusalem in 970 BCE He was at the age of 70. He ruled as King from 1010 BCE to 970 BCE.

In the Old Testament Book of 1 Samuel, in chapter 16, this tells of young David’s anointing by Samuel.

1 Samuel 16:10-12…

Again Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said into Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And Samuel said into Jesse, Are here all they children?  And he said, There ramaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said into Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.”

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” 1 Samuel 16:13

Gad, The Seer Prophet

Gad that is mentioned in 1 Samuel 22:3-5, is a seer, a prophet of God. He is David’s seer. The scripture tells us exactly that.

“And the LORD spake to Gad, David’s seer, saying,” 1 Chronicles 21:9

They actually meet when David is running from King Saul. Saul, throughout his relationship with David, had always had a jealousy towards him. This time it sent David on the run.

Fleeing from Saul, David met Gad while he was getting his elderly parents in a safe place.

And David went thence Mizpeh of Moab: and he said into the king of Moab, Let my father and my mother, I pray thee,come forth, and be with you, till I know what God will do for me. And he brought them before the king of Moab: and they dwelt with him all the while David was in the hold. And the prophet Gad said into David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.” 1 Samuel 22:3-5

Gad and David are having a conversation while David is hiding out in what the Bible calls, a hold.

A hold, is a place of safety, whether it’s in a cave or a fortress, it’s a hiding place. David was hiding from Saul. Gad tells him to not stay in the hold, but to go to the land of Judah. 

“I will fear no evil, for thou art with me” Psalm 23:4

David did leave the hold and found himself in the forest of Hareth. Some have spelled it, Hereth, but the King James Version spells it with an “a”.

This place was a dry place for David.  May be you, the reader, have been in a dry place where bills are stacking up, the kids are sick and your job is not going well. That’s a dry place. 

However, David is known for being a man after God’s own heart. This time though, David finds himself in a place where he is in need of God’s protection. So he writes.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4

Some of the best parts of the Bible are when people are in real pain and in David’s situation, his life threatened with death. We learn some very valuable lessons. And that is, that Faith in the Word of God, knowing and believing his promises are true and that he is with you, always.

O, and David became King of Israel, after the death of Saul.

See how things work out? Stay in Faith, what ever you are going through and know  that Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ is with you, so do not fear.

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