From a Castle to a Cave
I Chronicles 11:7 …and David dwelt in the castle; vs. 15 …down to…David, into the cave…
A. The Treasure of David’s Anointing – vs. 1-9 – this was his second time; many years later
B. The Triumph of David’s Army – vs. 10-14 David had some mighty men; and God was with him
C. The Trial of David’s Adversity – vs. 15-19
In this story, we see David go from a Castle to a Cave.
His life was radically altered.
David went from being anointed to being afflicted.
Imagine the inconveniences he had to contend with after living in the castle.
He went from being surrounded by adoring servants to being surrounded by angry soldiers.
He went from a life of comfort to a life of combat.
He went from a place of majesty to a place of misery.
The Castle represented a place of luxury; the cave, a place of lacking.
The Castle is a place of surplus; the cave a place of struggle.
He was cut off from Bethlehem by a garrison of Philistines.
Let’s look at some things in this story that might help us tonight.
What do you do when you find yourself in a cave?
What do you do when you’re “in the hold?”
What can we learn from this transition from the castle to the cave?
When God moves you from the Castle to the Cave, God might be teaching you to…
I. Reassess your Wants – nothing fancy; nothing expensive; just basic necessities
David was living in a castle in verse 7.
He could have anything he wanted; anytime he wanted it.
There was not a single thing he did not have at his disposal.
But in the cave, his list of wants and cravings diminished considerably.
God knows how to recalibrate your wants doesn’t He?
II. Remember your Water – how many times had he tasted the water from that well?
I Samuel 16:1 tells us that David, the son of Jesse was from the town of Bethlehem.
David grew up in Bethlehem. Bethlehem was HIS town.
And the well of Bethlehem was HIS water. (Make an application to water as the Word of God)
In verse 17, David said, “…Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate.”
David knew that well. And he knew that water. And he knew where it was.
How many times had he been to that well?
- 1 Samuel 17:15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
How many times had he drank water from that well?
How many times had he used that water, and never really appreciated how special it was?
No doubt he had scooped up buckets of water to pour over his head.
Maybe he’d poured some over his dusty feet.
Surely he’d taken a big gulp and sloshed it around in his mouth and spit it out.
But now – he was in a cave.
And the thought of how wonderful that water from Bethlehem’s well is what filled his heart with longing.
I wonder if he ever sat around longing from the water from Bethlehem’s well while he was sitting in his castle?
David – the king of Israel – that built a city and they called it the “city of David” – David, that lived in a castle.
Where he could have had anything to drink he wanted.
Orange juice; apple juice; grape juice; pomegranate juice; anything.
Guess what he craved and longed for in that cave? A drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem.
Isn’t it amazing – sometimes you don’t fully know how to appreciate something until it’s gone.
III. Regulate your Words – be careful what you say; people are listening!
As you read the story, you get the idea that David is thinking out loud.
He got to remembering that water from the well of Bethlehem.
The more the thought about it, the more he wanted it.
I can almost see him sitting in that cave, leaned up against that rough, dirty wall of jagged rock.
He’s sitting in the dirt.
He closes his eyes and leans his head back and mutters, almost under his breath.
“Oh, that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, that is at the gate!”
This simple statement was a reflection of his deep longing and remembrance.
He was thinking of better times and better things, and was pretty much thinking out loud.
We know it wasn’t a direct command. He was the king. He could have simply dispatched some soldiers.
We know from verse 19 that he realized the danger and the risk involved, and would never have sent them.
No – he wasn’t talking to anyone in particular. He was just muttering and talking about what was in his heart.
And those standing around heard it.
The men in his presence heard the thoughts and the longings of his heart.
Good thing he wasn’t complaining about the cave.
Good thing he wasn’t running down someone else in the cave.
Good thing he wasn’t blaming God for his situation and talking nonsense and fear.
Good thing he wasn’t questioning the promises of God.
Good thing he wasn’t regretting all the many years he had served God and sang his praises.
He was just longing for some water from the well of Bethlehem.
He was enjoying some fond memories, and it just slipped out.
Jesus said it like this:
- Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
When you’re world has fallen apart, and you’ve gone from the castle to the cave, watch your words!
IV. Reinforce your Warfare – David asked for one; but three broke through the host
I am amazed at the power in this detail.
Cross reference the deeds of these 3 mighty men.
SEE II Samuel 23:8-13
They accomplished amazing things individually.
Fought against tremendous odds and won. All by themselves.
It was these three that we find in the cave with David (according to vs. 13) (see Text verse 15)
Why when David asked for ONE would give me drink, did they ALL THREE go get it?
But in each of these cases, it doesn’t appear that they had a choice.
But when they did have a choice, they chose to recruit others and reinforce their numbers.
What can we learn from this?
When you’re in a cave, learn to work together, lean on one another, pray for one another, fight together.
Don’t try to fight the battle all by yourself.
They were already running thin. Only three of the 30 mighty men were with David.
We need each other!
We can’t lose a single person. Don’t take unnecessary risks. Stay on your knees. Stay in the Word. Don’t miss a service!
V. Retain your Worship – he couldn’t go to the Temple; but he still remembered to worship the Lord
Verse 18 tells us that David took that water from the well of Bethlehem, and poured it out to the Lord.
This was a form of offering.
David loved the Temple.
- Psalms 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
David loved to praise and magnify the Lord with God’s people.
- Psalms 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
David loved to offer up sacrifices.
- 13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
- 14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
- 15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
But David wasn’t back home in his castle.
He was not able to go to the Temple to worship.
He wasn’t able to gather together with God’s people and magnify and exalt God’s name with them.
He wasn’t able to offer up burnt offerings, and sacrifice fatlings, and rams, and bullocks and goats.
But he poured out to God the most precious, the most valuable, the most worthy thing he had – the water from the well of Bethlehem, procured by the hands of his three mighty men that risked their life to satisfy David’s longing.
Even in the cave, David didn’t take shortcuts.
David didn’t forget to worship his God.
David didn’t forget that his God was worthy of his very best.
Conclusion: How are you responding to your cave?