Eventually, discovering that David had gone to Naioth and was with the prophet Samuel there, Saul despatched a group of men with orders to kill him. When the men arrived they found a company of prophets all prophesying! What must that have been like? Then, astonishingly, the Spirit fell on the would-be assassins and they began to prophesy. Frustrated by this news Saul sent a second group of men . . . and then a third – only for the same thing to happen to all of them. Finally he decided to attend to the matter himself. As he approached Naioth the Spirit ‘came even on him, and he walked along prophesying…’ Stripped of his royal robes Saul lay in Samuel’s presence for the rest of that day and all the through the night. (1 Samuel 19:18-24)
What a fascinating story this is! An incredible record of Yahweh’s protection for His anointed one and His unfailing oversight of His own declared purposes. Scores of men sent to kill one man, and Yahweh put them all out of action not through the might of battle but by giving them an amazing Spiritual experience. No wonder the Psalms that David wrote are so redolent with a sense of Yahweh’s overshadowing protection, he experienced it in so many ways. No wonder he could sing, “Yahweh…is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” (Psalm 91: 2)
Do you have a sense of Yahweh’s covering in your own life? Did you know that you don’t need to be a King like David to have this protection? There are, it seems, only two conditions: that we love Yahweh and know His Name. His promise, then, is that He will rescue, protect, answer, save and honour us, and He will be with us when we are in trouble. (Psalm 91: 14-16) It’s exceptional protection!