In 1 Samuel 24:16–22 we envision pitiful Saul as he stands before one who is his better. Saul’s weeping and his admission of guilt were but shallow, passing emotions; they did not really come from his heart. He was only too glad to acknowledge David’s kindness. After all, David had spared his life!
Still, Saul was concerned primarily for his own family, that, when David did become king, he would not slay them. 1 Samuel 24:20 indicates the perversity of Saul’s heart: he admitted that David was the rightful king, yet he persisted in opposing him! David kept his promises to Saul and even vindicated Saul’s honor after Saul’s death.
This beautifully illustrates Christ’s words in Matthew 5:10–12. For David to show kindness to Saul, and to pray for him, was a greater victory than to overcome the Philistines giant, Goliath. We can be sure, if we obey the Lord, that He will take care of our enemies for us in His own good time.