Yesterday in 1 Samuel 24:1-2, we saw how Saul came into the cave to rest and relieve himself, probably laying his outer garment down as he entered. The cave was large and very dark, so he did not see David and his men hiding in the rocks. This may have been the greatest temptation David had ever faced. Instead of killing the man who was trying to kill him, David was able to cut Saul’s garment and not be detected.
Certainly this would have been the time to kill his enemy! In fact, some of David’s men insisted that God had arranged the circumstances so that David might so act.
David’s heart was so tender that he repented openly for cutting Saul’s robe. He confessed that he had not shown proper respect for the Lord’s anointed. David, “a man after God’s own heart,” was willing for God to take care of Saul (Romans 12:19–21).