PSALM 61 Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection
A Psalm of David.
Ahithophel, Absalom’s advisor, pointed out that it was David who was the problem in Israel, and suggested gathering twelve thousand men to set out to kill David. Then all of Israel would return to Jerusalem like a bride for Absalom. At first Absalom thought the idea was a good one. Absalom then passed it by Hushai who said Ahithophel’s advice was not good. He spoke of David’s wisdom, he is angry and dangerous, like a bear robbed of her cubs. He was too wise to be caught with his soldiers, but would be well hidden. Hushai advised Absalom to wait until all Israel was behind him and then for him to go into the battle. Absalom accepted the advice of Hushai.
God was watching over David. “For the Lord had ordained to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring evil upon Absalom.” David’s underground worked to keep David informed (verses 15–20). Hushai worked through Zadok and Abiathar, the priests. They sent messages by a maidservant to David. On one occasion they were almost caught, but were saved when a woman hid them in a well and covered it and spread grain over it to disguise their whereabouts.
verse 22-29 Ahithophel hangs himself, Absalom pursues David
Ahithophel was greatly troubled that his counsel was not followed. He then returned back to his own city, put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died. He knew Absalom’s cause would fail. Absalom followed the advice of Ahithophel in taking possession of David’s concubines, then Absalom went with his men and chased after his father. The Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.