Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard.
Saul discovers that Ahimelech the priest has protected David, so Saul has the priest and his entire family killed. When I read through this chapter I couldn’t help but remember an earlier account from Saul’s life (1 Sam.15). Saul lost his kingdom because of his constant disregard for God and his partial obedience (15:26). Saul could not obey God and destroy the enemy (15:17-23), but he had no problem at all destroying anyone that protected David (22:16-19).
The man that told David what had happened was Abithar. He had escaped the slaughter and it is to this man that David makies the statement of fear not. God’s will may involve painful encounters, unfair treatment, times when life does not seem fair or work out the way that we had planned, but it is always best to be in God’s will. Why? Because no matter what is happening around us or to us the place where God wants us is the place of safety. Abithar wasn’t safe because he was with David; he was safe because David was with God.