Day Ninety-Two, I Samuel 21-22, Psalm 56, Psalm 34, Psalm 142
In today’s reading, David is on the run from King Saul, who wants to take his life. We see an episode in his life where he goes to Ahimelech, the priest of Nob. David asks for some bread for him and his men, but all the Ahimelech has is the consecrated bread, which, according to the law was only to be eaten by priests. However, because David and his men are pure and “have kept themselves from women”, Ahimelech gives him the consecrated bread.
I find this story interesting, because Jesus refers back to it when He is challenged by the Pharisees for breaking the Sabbath. Jesus reminds them that David, whom they probably revered as the greatest king of Israel, did what was unlawful by taking and eating the consecrated bread. He accuses them of not understanding that the Lord desires mercy, not sacrifice, and He tells them that He is the Lord of the Sabbath.
We also have in today’s reading a few more of David’s psalms: one is a prayer in which he proclaims his trust in the Lord; another is him giving praise to the Lord for hearing the righteous; and yet another is another prayer for refuge.