Psalms 56:1
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1  For the leader; on yonath elem rechokim. Of David. A michtam; when the Philistines seized him in Gath.

lam-na-TZAY-akh al yo-NAT AY-lem r’-kho-KEEM l’-da-VID mikh-TAM be-e-KHOZ o-TO f’-lish-TEEM b’-GAT

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ עַל־יוֹנַת אֵלֶם רְחֹקִים לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בֶּאֱחֹז אֹתוֹ פְלִשְׁתִּים בְּגַת׃

56:1   When the Philistines seized him in Gath

Constantly on the run in a very small Israelite kingdom, David does the irrational; he escapes to the Philistine city of Gath (I Samuel 21:11-16). The Philistines were the main enemy of the Israelites at the time, and David himself had slain Goliath, who was from the same city. How does David survive when the advisors of King Achish reveal that this is the same David who was responsible for the defeat of the Philistines? David feigns insanity. He dances uncontrollably, foams at the mouth and sputters unintelligible words. His behavior leads the king of Gath to make his famous statement “Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to rave for me? Should this fellow enter my house?” (I Samuel 21:16). He lets David free, and David responds to this near-death experience in the best way he knows: With a psalm of gratitude to Hashem.

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Psalms 56
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  • It takes a madman to act a madman and do it wisely and well. No doughty David had a well thought out plan and he winged it with a song and a prayer too. Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. David had a unsound plan but David also had such a strong faith in god and i am so very sure he prayed very hard on this also. He knew the King would recognize him. He knew that after he had been responsible for killing thousands of the kings men personally himself that if he played the mad man that the king would most likely not kill him but use him as a living example as what a mad fool he had become and serve as an example as what not to fight against such a great king as king of Gath. He dances uncontrollably, foams at the mouth and sputters unintelligible words. His behavior leads the king of Gath to make his famous statement

    “Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence?”

    He feels sorry for David and let's him go free. This man is harmless, he most likely thinks, David I can imagine as he always does thanks God from deep within his heart for all God's love and generosity. God does love David so much, David can be a stubborn bad boy at times. can't he. carl

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Psalms 56:1

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