1 Samuel 27* David retires to Gath. (1-7) David deceives Achish. (8-12)1-7 Unbelief is a sin that easily besets even good men, whenwithout are fightings, and within are fears; and it is a hardmatter to get over them. Lord, increase our faith! We may blushto think that the word of a Philistine should go further thanthe word of an Israelite, and that the city of Gath should be aplace of refuge for a good man, when the cities of Israel refusehim a safe abode. David gained a comfortable settlement, notonly at a distance from Gath, but bordering upon Israel, wherehe might keep up a correspondence with his own countrymen. 8-12 While David was in the land of the Philistines, heattacked some remains of the devoted nations. The people whom hecut off were long before doomed to destruction. It is oftenwisdom to shun public notice, but we must in no situation beidle. We must always try to do somewhat in the cause of God.This expedition David hid from Achish. But an equivocation whichserves the purpose of a lie, is as like to it as a hypocrite isto a profane person, it is only better in appearance, thereforemore dangerous. Yet, though believers often manifestimperfections, they can never be prevailed upon to renounce theservice of God, and to unite interests with his enemies, orfinally to become the servants of sin and Satan. But what atrain of evils follow from unbelief! When we forget the Lord'spast mercies, and his gracious assurances, we shall beoverwhelmed with desponding fears, and probably be led to adoptsome dishonourable method to get rid of our troubles. Nothingcan so effectually establish us in holy tempers and practices,and preserve us from perplexities, as firm, unshaken dependenceupon the promises of God in Christ Jesus.
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