Some time later, in 1 Samuel 27:1–4 David came to the conclusion that as long as he remained in the land, the Saul would continue to pursue him until he was “destroyed.” (1 Samuel 27:1). Full of doubt, David thought the only way to put an end to Saul’s pathological game of hide-and-seek was to move to the land of the Philistines. [...]
After David and Abishai had gathered Saul’s “spear” and “water jug,” some distance away, David spoke “to the army and to Abner son of Ner.” Her woke them up from their supernatural slumber. Then as they regained consciousness, David began to provoke Abner with a series of four questions and a pronouncement of judgment. First, he questioned Abner’s manhood: “You’re a man, [...]
It was not David’s role to punish Saul. He believed that God would bring judgement on Saul in His own time and way. God had established His sovereignty in judgment.
When we lean on the wisdom of the flesh, we always end up in trouble. It was only the grace of God that keeps David from trouble.
In 1 Samuel 25:32–35, David was encouraged by Abigail’s words, responded with a threefold blessing, each element of which began with the word “blessed.” First, he declared “the Lord, the God of Israel” (1 Samuel 25:32) blessed for putting it in Abigail’s heart to come to David. Second he declared Abigail’s “discernment” (1 Samuel 25:33) which was so evident within her words, [...]
Abigail’s brilliant use of the sling metaphor no doubt brought to David’s mind a sling the Lord once used to slay Goliath!
Abigail immediately set about preparing a generous gift for David and his men. It represented a significant token of appreciation.
David's statement included a blessing on Nabal and his servants, a review of the history of the relationship between David’s group and Nabal’s group, and a request for fair compensation.
This week we learn an odd story how the the Lord sent a very wise woman to interrupt David from committing a grievous sin against a wealthy fool named Nabal.
Still, Saul was concerned primarily for his own family, that, when David did become king, he would not slay them.
1 Samuel 24:8–15 we see David giving an explanation to Saul for his decisions to cut his robe. he explanation. David and his men were safe in the cave, so David boldly stepped out to speak to Saul once the king had gone some distance away. Saul must have been shocked to hear the voice of his son-in-law! David explained that Saul [...]
David’s heart was so tender that he repented openly for cutting Saul’s robe.
The restraint that David displayed was even a greater display of faith than defeating the giant Goliath.
Ziph was in Judah and its inhabitants should have been loyal to David. Instead they betrayed David to Saul. They devised a plan with Saul to hand David over to Saul.
In 1 Samuel 22:11–15, Saul’s perverted mind concluded from Doeg’s report that the conspiracy against him was far larger than previously imagined. Now it was not just a son and a son-in-law out to kill him; hundreds of people, including the entire priestly establishment at Nob, were against him! In an effort to quash the revolt and deprive it of any divine [...]
In his paranoid rage Saul’s distorted thinking took an ugly turn as he accused his own son of being the ringleader of the anti-Saul conspiracy. As Saul now envisioned it, David was not actually Saul’s primary enemy—he was merely a pawn in a conspiracy plot devised by Jonathan! Saul considered it possible that Jonathan had hired David as a hit man in [...]