This must be one of the deepest and darkest valleys in the life
He was pursued by King Saul. And the safest place to stay away
from Saul was to live among the Philistines, the enemies Saul
feared. David and his 600 men went to Achish, the king of Gath and
asked for his permission to let them settle in Ziklag, one of the
Philistine towns (1 Samuel 27).
For sixteen months, David and his men spent their time raiding
the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. They took for
themselves the sheep, oxen, donkeys, camels and clothing after
killing every person in the villages they attacked. "Where did you
make your raid today?" Achish would ask. And David would reply,
"Against the south of Judah and the people of Jerahmeel and the
Kenites." No one was left alive to come to Gath to testify against
David. This happened again and again while he was living among the
Philistines. Achish believed David and thought that the people of
Israel must hate David bitterly by then, and that David would stay
there and serve him forever.
About that time the Philistines gathered their armies to wage
another war with Israel. Achish asked David and his men to go and
help them fight Israel. David agreed. And Achish made David his
personal bodyguard (1 Samuel 28).
Before the battle began, the Philistine commanders rejected David
and his men. They explained to Achish that David might turn against
them and fight for Israel instead. Upon that advice, David was asked
to return to Ziklag. They arrived at Ziklag two days later. To their
horror, they found out that the Amalekites had attacked and burnt
down their town. All their women and children were taken into
captivity. The men began to weep bitterly. And they turned their
anger against David and contemplated to stone him. But David
encouraged himself in the Lord. It was there and then that he
requested the priest to bring him the ephod (1 Samuel 29 - 30).
Bringing the ephod is putting on the garment of praise to worship
God. It is time to seek God again, face to face. Looking up, and not
anywhere else! Through this move of David, everyone and everything
lost were recovered and restored. On the top of these, David was
made the king of Judah upon the death of King Saul. Seven and a half
years later, he became the king in Jerusalem over all Israel and
The ephod is a vest worn by the high priest, reaching to the
thighs, when he ministered at the altar (Exodus 28:4-14; 39:2-7).
Worn over a blue robe (Exodus 28:31-35), the ephod was made of fine
linen interwoven with pure gold, blue, purple and scarlet threads.
The ephod was fastened with a beautifully woven girdle (Exodus
28:27-28), and had shoulder straps set in two onyx stones, on which
were engraved the names of the twelve tribes. Over the chest of the
high priest was the breastplate, containing twelve stones engraved
with the tribal names of Israel. Rings was used to attach the
breastplate to the ephod. The Urim and Thummin were also joined to
In the later years of the Levitical priesthood, ephods were worn
by associate priests as well as the high priest (1 Sam. 22:18)
whenever they ministered before the altar. But their ephods were
less elaborate, made of linen. Even the boy Samuel, dedicated to
serve in the Shiloh temple, wore a linen ephod (1 Sam. 2:18). David
from the tribe of Judah, although not an ordained priest or a
Levite, wore a linen ephod when he brought the ark to Jerusalem (2
Sam. 6:14; 1 Chr. 15:27).
Christ is our great High Priest (Hebrews 8:1-6). The ephod is
symbolic of Him. The white linen speaks of His absolute
righteousness. Scarlet (the color of blood) symbolizes His atoning
work on the cross; purple, His royalty; gold, His divinity. Blue,
the color of the sky, signifies Christ's origin with God the Father
When the priests put on their ephods, they were putting on
Christ! And Jesus made the Way to the Father possible for all men.
We can therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, to obtain
mercy and find grace in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).
Like Queen Esther, she put on her royal robes and entered the inner
court where the king was (Esther 5:1). She turned an approaching
disaster of the annihilation of all the Jews into a blessing for all
the Jews with their enemies destroyed!
When times get tough and difficult, we need to put on our ephods,
enter into the Holy of Holies and worship God, standing still and
seeing the salvation of the Lord!