In 1 Samuel 23:14-18 we will see how God gave David victory in the wilderness. What patience David had, to be able to endure daily danger and persecution! David had proven that he was a master strategist and could have tricked Saul into defeat. But David preferred to wait for God to give him victory over Saul.
David must have thought that he would never see his true friend Jonathan. How moving it was when Jonathan met him in the wilderness (at the risk of his own life) to reassure him and encourage him. Sad to say, Jonathan was never allowed to reign with David, for he was slain in battle with his father. The righteous often suffer because of the sins of others.
Then in 1 Samuel 23:19–29, we will see how God gave David victory over the Ziphites.
Ziph was in Judah and its inhabitants should have been loyal to David. However, the Ziphites instead betrayed David to Saul. They devised a plan with Saul to hand David over to Saul. We can read for David’s prayer to God for deliverance in Psalm 54.
David narrowly escaped a battle with Saul when the warring groups were separated only by a mountain. The bible says, “David was hurrying to get away from Saul, Saul and his men were closing in on David and his men to capture them.” Just as it seemed that Saul would finally capture David, an invasion from the Philistines forced Saul to return home. Certainly God is in control of circumstances and delivers His own at the right time.