Yahweh sustains me (Ps 3:5-3:6)

“I lie down and sleep.

I wake again.

Yahweh sustains me.

I am not afraid of

Ten thousands of people.

I am not afraid of

Those who have set themselves against me all around.”

David was not afraid to sleep because he would awake. Yahweh was like his body guard and sustained him in all things. He was not afraid of 10,000 people even if they had him surrounded. He would still trust in Yahweh. There was no “Selah” or pause here as in the preceding verses.

The Philistines prepare for a war against Israel (1 Sam 28:1-28:2)

“In those days the Philistines gathered their forces for war, to fight against Israel. Achish said to David. ‘You know, of course, that you and your men are to go out with me in the army.’ David said to Achish. ‘Very well, you shall know what your servant can do.’ Achish said to David. ‘Very well, I will make you my bodyguard for life.’”

The Philistines prepared for a war against Israel. Achish told David that he and his men would fight with him against Israel. David said yes. Then King Achish made David his bodyguard for life. What will David do? This was a problem in the Second World War for Americans of German and Italian descent to fight against their ancestral homes, where there might still be some relatives.