1 Samuel 29 is filled with rejection. The Philistine army is gathering their troops together to do battle with the Israelites. David has been living among them for some time, and king Achish asked David and his band to be his personal body guards. So they were falling in line at the rear with the king. But the commanders of the Philistines ask “What are these Hebrews doing here”? I have to imagine they have not been comfortable having David live amongst them for some time, but now they are going to war against his people, and they are drawing a line in the sand.
King Achish says David “has been with me now for days and years, and since he deserted to me I have found no fault in him to this day”. By now the king has become pretty fond of David. He has enjoyed safety and a good period of time since David arrived. In fact, he has come to trust in David to the point of entrusting him with his life. But the leaders say NO – “Send the man back”. Now the king is faced with a tough choice – listen to his leadership or do what he believes to be the right thing in his heart.
“Achish called David and said to him, “As the Lord lives, you have been honest, and to me it seems right that you should march out and in with me in the campaign….I have found nothing wrong in you….Nevertheless, the lords do not approve of you”. The king caves to his commanders and tells David he has to leave. David has done nothing wrong. Not one even small thing to cause the king to wonder. In fact, Achish calls David “blameless in my sight”. That is a pretty strong recommendation.
But he has to make a decision quickly, and the odds were definitely against David. So he tells David to “rise early in the morning with the servants of your lord….and depart as soon as you have light”. Not a lot of discussion – there wasn’t really any need. Achish knew David had to go and they were preparing for battle so it had to be immediate. He couldn’t afford to have his leadership distracted by this situation. So David heads out with his men and the Philistine army moves toward Jezreel to engage the Israelites.