Sep 16

Into the Cave, Day 3

CaveEntranceIsraelHey Blog Friends! How are you? I hope you all are doing great!

I’m here on Day 3 of the Proverbs 31 John Study in Israel and I’m SO EXCITED for what I have to share with you today!

Before we begin, I invite you to read Psalm 57. Make note of the introduction to this Psalm at the top of the passage. You can read in your Bible or click here.

When David wrote this, he was hiding in a cave from Saul.

Here’s a brief history leading up to Psalm 57:

From Bible.org: When he was a teenager, David had been anointed as king to replace the disobedient King Saul. Then he slew the giant Goliath and was thrust into instant national fame. But King Saul’s jealous rage sent David running for his life. He spent the better part of his twenties dodging Saul’s repeated attempts on his life.

1 Samuel 22:1-2 (NIV)

“David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.”

Are you following me so far? David was hiding from Saul, along with 400 other “distressed or discontented” people in the cave of Adullam. It is here that he became a leader and friend to them. It is here that they began to trust him. It is here that David began his ministry.

Today, near the border of Israel and Palestine, our group of 13, hiked up the mountain to this cave.  It’s not a marked place, not a tourist attraction like many of the other Holy Land sites.

The entrance (see picture above) was small and the cave was dark, but because our leader, Arie, had been there many times, we felt safe. (Even though there was a hyena inside. Yes you read that right. He scurried off thankfully.) Once inside, Arie reminded us of the story of David and this cave from 1 Samuel 22 and Psalm 57.

CavePsalm57We read Psalm 57 aloud by flashlight.

As we read I couldn’t help but get a little choked up thinking about David and the 400 distressed and fearful people holed up in there hoping Saul wouldn’t find them. I imagined them in this cave that I was now sitting in. I was reminded of David, with his many mess ups and mistakes in life. David, who wrote many times of his own insecurities and God’s greatness. David, a great king and leader. David, a man after God’s own heart.

Look at Psalm 57 again and notice in the first 4 verses, David is filled with pleas and cries to God. He’s reminding himself of God’s mercy, purpose, love, and faithfulness. It’s almost as though he needs reminding, possibly because he’s very afraid. Then something changes. It’s as if he takes his eyes off of his fear and circumstances and turns them towards God, the One he loves and trusts. He begins to praise Him beginning in verse 5 and continues his song through the end of the Psalm.

As we finished reading Psalm 57, our group began to sing beautiful praises to God. “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow…”

Something to Think About

In Psalm 57:1-4, it’s clear that David was distressed and in need as he cried out to the Lord. Then, he remembered. His cries for help turned to songs of praise. I love David because he is so like us and we get to see that. How many times have you cried out to God when what you really needed was to sing songs or prayers of praise?

Ok, so that’s Day 3! Thanks for joining me during my time in Israel. I hope that somehow what God is placing on my heart to write is something that He can use to stir up something good in your heart as well!

***Side Note: Arie, a Jewish Believer & our teacher and leader this week, led us up to the cave. I will tell you more about Arie in another post. For now just let me say, his teaching of the Bible is extremely thorough, weaving Israeli historical facts with Biblical facts to explain the wonders of the Bible I formerly just took for granted. I feel like I’ve missed so much when reading and studying my Bible … up til now.

Melissa

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you and continue to speak into your mind and heart the very mysteries of His Spirit!

  2. Love your thoughts and insight today. Somethings you can actually feel like your there. Thank you very much.

  3. Love the post! How exciting to see God’s word come so alive!

  4. Thank you so very much for your inspiring thoughts :) Blessings to you as you glean more of HIM on your trip :)

  5. Wow. What an amazing experience, to really be able to visualize it all and connect it in a way never done before. Thanks so much for sharing! And yes, it reminds me in my moments of fear, I must place my eyes and heart and mind on the truths of my God, who He is and His Faithfulness.

  6. robyn crippen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing with us daily Melissa. I am so glad you got to go!!!!!

  7. I’m drinking all this in and saviring every sip. Good stuff. Keep it coming. Thank you Melissa.

  8. Melissa, I love your blogs about your Israel trip! They are informative, interesting, and a Bible study all in one message. I feel as if I am there with you. LOVE IT!

  9. Charlotte Askew says:

    Thank you Melissa, I am so enjoying this journey to Israel with you. Your description of what you are seeing and experiencing makes me feel like I am there as well.

  10. Melissa, I feel like my eyes are being opened to so much through your experiences! Thank you for sharing! What a blessing! Love and Prayers, Bethie ❤️???

  11. Wow, Melissa!! Just WOW!! 😀 I am so loving reading your blog each day while you’re in the Holy Land!! Let me confess here and now that my little green eyed monster has popped up…just a little lol But you are simply amazing!! This isn’t like I’m reading a blog post each day…it feels so much more like we’re sitting down and having a chat together over a cuppa :) Reading about your time in the cave had me rushing to listen to Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is our God”!! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us all. Your enthusiasm and excitement is contagious!! God bless you, Melissa. I am sure this trip is going to have a huge impact on your life and your heart <3 :)

  12. Melissa, thank you so much!! What a blessing!! I feel God’s presence when I read your blogs and look at the photos. I can’t imagine being there as I’m reading your blog and seeing the photos makes me weep… It’s a Holy Spirit weep.
    God Bless you!!

  13. Wow…what a new light to see this Psalm in! How incredible! Thanks for taking us into the cave with you!

  14. Laurie Ramsey says:

    Thank you Melissa for sharing your experience with us. It really makes the scriptures come alive and I feel like I’m right there with you!

  15. Please, Melissa, consider doing a book w/pictures of this experience! It would write itself. Perhaps all of your group would consider adding something. It would be perfect for next Christmas (P31 visits the Holy Land) Loving this!!! xo

  16. I can not wait to hear all about it! Oh my goodness, how powerful to be sitting there as you read the Words that God gave David!

  17. Love your posts, very inspiring and humbling for us. It’s always exciting to hear a story from a different perspective. Enjoy the trip, looking forward to your next post.

  18. wow… was there anyone who wouldn’t go in? That is a very small hole. that is amazing to realize that David hid there… such rich history. God is Amazing.