“And the women answered one another as they played with instruments [singing and dancing] Saul hath slain his thousands, AND DAVID HIS TEN THOUSANDS…” (I Samuel 18:7) This wasn’t a howdy-dowdy celebration…it was the real deal!
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
The Bible states that David used wisdom as he dealt with king Saul. In fact Jonathan (king Saul’s son) took off his princely robe, gave it to David, and made a covenant with him because he loved David as a brother! (I Samuel 18:3-4)
King Saul grossly mistreated, betrayed David, and chased him up and down the byways with 3,000 soldiers. Also Saul made about twenty-one attempts to kill David. Lets look at a few examples:
(1) In spite of the love Saul’s sons and the military had for David, king Saul was very jealous of him. David’s popularity grew among the court, palace, religious community and all the people of Israel and Judah. But, David could not win true support from king Saul who said, “They have ascribed unto David TEN thousands and to me they have ascribed but thousands: AND WHAT CAN HE HAVE MORE BUT THE KINGDOM?” (I Samuel 18:8)
(2) No matter what David did or didn’t do, king Saul was destined to be upset, “AND IT CAME TO PASS ON THE MORROW THAT THE EVIL SPIRIT FROM GOD CAME UPON SAUL, AND HE PROPHESIED IN THE MIDST OF THE HOUSE: and David played [the harp] with his hand as at other times. And there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. AND SAUL CAST THE JAVELIN FOR HE SAID, I WILL SMITE DAVID EVEN TO THE WALL WITH IT. And David avoided out of his presence twice.” (I Samuel 18:11)
(3) The Bible states, “Saul was afraid of David BECAUSE THE LORD WAS WITH HIM and was departed from Saul.” (I Samuel 18:12) The enemy will see God working in your life and he will do everything to smash your relationship with the Lord. Don’t let him.
(4) Originally, king Saul betrothed his daughter to David, “But it came to pass at the time when Merab, Saul’s daughter, should have been given to David that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife.” (I Samuel 18:19)
(5) Then, king Saul gave his other daughter, Michal (who truly loved David), “And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a SNARE to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.” (I Samuel 18:20) Actually, Saul had a few tricks up his sleeve. He sent his servants to butter-up David for one hundred (100) foreskins of the Philistines. Saul’s servants gave the impression this would please the king. However, the king hoped that the Philistines would defeat and kill David. On the contrary, David killed 200 hundred Philistines and brought back 200 foreskins. King Saul’s plans backfired.
(6) “And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David …And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.” (I Samuel 18:29) People know that you are saved, but it doesn’t stop them from campaigning against you!
WHAT DID DAVID DO?
Well, David wasn’t stupid, “DAVID BEHAVED HIMSELF MORE WISELY THAN ALL THE SERVANTS OF SAUL; so that his name was much set by.” (I Samuel 18:29) David said unto king Saul, “WHO AM I? AND WHAT IS MY LIFE, OR MY FATHER’S FAMILY IN ISRAEL THAT I SHOULD BE THE SON-in-LAW TO THE KING?” David remained humble but he could have been lifted up in pride. Like David (0n another occasion), we all should say, “What is man that God is mindful of him?” Moreover David would not lift a finger against the LORD’S anointed, king Saul. This is not to say that David did not make mistakes, but DAVID HAD A REPENTANT HEART AND HE KEPT ON SERVING THE LORD.
As we go into the New Year of 2012, let us remember that THERE IS NO PROBLEM TOO HARD FOR THE LORD GOD WHO WILL FIGHT OUR BATTLES!
HAPPY NEW YEAR and Wait on the LORD!