“And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul, gathered to him. And he became captain over them” (22:2). When David fled from King Saul’s murderous attacks, he became the leader of other outcasts. As the breach between became permanent, individuals had to choose sides; loyalty to David meant facing Saul’s wrath and possibly death (22:8,22). Yet David was the one who had faced down Goliath in God’s name (21:9).
“With me you shall be in safekeeping” (22:23). Choosing the Lord’s side means turning our backs on other kingdoms, even in the secret places of our hearts, and trusting that we are in His “safekeeping.”