David had been anointed by Prophet Samuel to take over King Saul as the next King of Israel. Thereafter, we read about his amazing victory over Goliath, the giant of Philistine; we take note of an incredible relationship with then the present-king’s son, Jonathan as his best friend; saw him as an anointed worshipper who played the harp and the tormenting demons fled from King Saul! All seemed to be progressing on well with David who already was living at the Palace. However, God had great plans for David; therefore the necessity to take him through great battles.
On numerous counts, King Saul tried to kill David; and David fled for his life. His first destination was to Achish King of Gath. The servant of Achish mused “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:” ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands’?” Fear gripped David and he feigned to be a madman which enabled him to be thrown out. (1 Samuel 21: 10—14). It was a wrong destination for the servant of God.
Then, David fled to a cave in Adullam. While there, God brought David all sorts of men … those ‘who were in distress or in debt or discontented. God gathered them around David; and he became their leader. God used David in the process of changing their character; and turned them into mighty men in battle under David’s leadership.
When ‘myrrh’ visits your life and the first instinct is to run to the world for solace, God closes those doors, so that you flee to the cave. A cave can be inhibiting; however, this is a place where you will seek God’s face and at the same time be used by God to touch lives of people in that environment. While in that cave, David touched lives of 400men. In due time, God allowed him to rise to greatness; a place we are unable to reach without going through great battles; and drawing closer to God.