What does it say?
Both David’s fame and his friendship with Jonathan grow. Saul becomes insanely jealous (1Sam 18). Though he had already promised his daughter to David for slaying the giant, Saul plots to have David killed by demanding what he thinks to be an impossible dowry of 100 Philistine foreskins. The Philistines are the principal enemy of the Jews at this time. Saul calculates that sending David on this task will undoubtedly result in his death.
Saul’s jealousy grows to the point of insane murder attempts on David’s life (1Sam 19). David is forced to leave court and his wife in order to keep from being killed. Despite Jonathan’s attempted interventions, Saul’s attempts on David’s life continue (1Sam 20). Saul’s repeated attacks on David have the unintended result of deepening the friendship between David and Jonathan.
Psalms 11 and 59 are inserted at this point in our missio/chrono Bible reading because most scholars believe that David wrote them during this period of his life. Attempt to put them in this context as you read them.
What does it mean?
David is a key player in God’s story. God has a very important place for him in the mission and David is given to that mission. Despite repeated attempts to kill him, God protects David. We are all appointed a time to die (Heb 9:27). We should not hurry that appointment by living carelessly or in disobedience, but the believer that is living on point in God’s mission is indestructible until God’s appointed time arrives. Saul’s attempts on David’s life are against innocent blood and are without cause (19:5). This picture establishes David as a picture of the Christ to come.
David wrote approximately one half of the Psalms. As we spend time reading the historical account of his life, we will also be constantly going to the Psalms in the attempt to read them in their historical context. We are not completely certain of the historical context of them all, but will follow to the best of our understanding.
How will I respond?
What is my response when under attack? Do I fear or do I pray? What do I pray? What is one practical lesson that I can apply to my life today from either Psalm 11 or 59?