Reading through the Bible together
In this chapter, Saul is again chasing David with three thousand men. David’s scouts find out where Saul’s camp is and David fearlessly creeps into Saul's camp with Abishai, one of his nephews. To their suprise they find the king himself sleeping among his troops. No guards are mentioned because “the Lord had put them into a deep sleep” (verse 12).
This time it is Abishai offers to kill Saul, but again David says, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?” Although Saul no longer deserves to be king and David has been anointed in his place, he will not run ahead of the Lord. Silently he takes Saul’s spear and water jug and leaves the camp to go back to his own men.
From a safe distance David calls out to Saul, pleading his conscious innocence and pointing to Saul’s sin in pursuing him for no reason. Twice he calls him “my lord the king” (verses 17 and 19), and four times “the Lord’s anointed” (verses 9, 11, 16, and 23). Finally he says, “As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
From these threatening events David learns that it pays to “Be strong and take heart but wait for the Lord” (Psa. 27:14).
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