This morning’s read was taken from 1 Samuel 24. There is something about this book that I love. I can’t quite figure it out yet, but I have been studying it for some time now.
Chapter 24 talks about David’s run from Saul who along with his army were seeking to capture David and his men. Saul’s aim was to kill David. Saul became David’s enemy. In chapter 18, David had a greater victory than Saul and like many leaders today, Saul became jealous. Instead of being thankful to having such a man on his team and give praise, he got angry.
This began his pursuit, but in chapter 24 when Saul and David face each other, as usual David had the upper hand, but instead of destroying him, but this true man of God refused to hurt Saul. He out out his sword and cut off the end of his skirt, but because of the kind heart which he had, he couldn’t do anything but show mercy. Even after h e had cut Saul’s skirt he immediately felt repentant because this was his master and he respected his master.
The scripture says:
5 And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
6 And he said unto his men, The Lord forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the Lord‘s anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of theLord.
David felt it was a horrible and ungodly thing to touch another man of God. He called him the anointed of the Lord.
So often other men and women of God make mistakes and we want to do the world to them, but not David. We want to seem them fall, but not David. It was God’s case, not David’s. David showed mercy , even though he had great strength and courage to take down Saul. He showed mercy.
In verse 7 the word of God says:
7 So David stayed his servants with these words, and suffered them not to rise against Saul. But Saul rose up out of the cave, and went on his way.
Here are David’s respectful words to Saul:
8 David also arose afterward, and went out of the cave, and cried after Saul, saying, My lord the king. And when Saul looked behind him, David stooped with his face to the earth, and bowed himself.
9 And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, Behold, David seeketh thy hurt?
10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lordhad delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is theLord‘s anointed.
11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand: for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in mine hand, and I have not sinned against thee; yet thou huntest my soul to take it.
12 The Lord judge between me and thee, and the Lord avenge me of thee: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.