We find David, on more than one occasion, stopping over with the Philistines. He even stays in Gath, the place associated with Goliath. The first time is narrated in Samuel 21:10-15. The second time he is with 600 men (1 Samuel 27). The king has the same name on both occasions ‚Äď Achish ‚Äď but it is thought that he is a different Achish on the second occasion when David goes to Gath. On this second visit he is given residence in Ziklag and ends up, incredibly, being in the king's bodyguard, on the verge of going to fight for the Philistines against Israel. It is through the Lord's mercy that David is discharged by Achish from having to fight alongside him. In all this, Scripture is very open in revealing to us David's flaws, despite being a man after God's own heart.
Main Headings: 1: The gullibility of unbelievers 2: What is David doing? 3: God loves flawed believers