Scripture: 1 Samuel 21:1-9
After the sixth attempt on his life, David gets the point. Saul doesn’t like him. But where can he go? David rushes to a small town, Nob, seeking sanctuary from his enemies.
Desperate, David resorts to mistruth. It works. The priest gives him holy bread. David’s faith is wavering. Now the one who refused the armour and sword of Saul requests a weapon from the priest. What has happened to our hero? He has lost his God-focus. As a result, desperation has set in. No place to hide. No food to eat. No recourse. No resource. Where can the desperate go?
To the spiritually hungry, the church offers nourishment. David entered the sanctuary hungry and weaponless leaves with a bellyful of bread and the sword of a giant. Bread and blades. Food and equipment. The church exists to provide both. Jesus calls the church to lean in the direction of compassion.
At the end of the sanctuary day, the question is not how many laws were broken but rather, how many desperate Davids were nourished and equipped? David stumbles in this story. Desperate souls always do. But at least he stumbles into the right place – into God’s sanctuary, where God meets and ministers to hopeless hearts.
Reference: Facing your giants: God still does the impossible by Max Lucado