David – Life in the Palace.

1 Sam 18:1-3o

After the victory over Goliath and the Philistines, Saul took David in into the palace and would not allow him to go back home. Jonathan, Saul’s son, immediately developed a very close friendship and bond with David. This was no surprise as already shown yesterday that both of them have a spirit of courage and faith in God. Jonathan loved David as his own soul and made a covenant with him.

So David, continue to go wherever Saul sent him. Saul set him over men of war, later making him captain over thousand men, and we learnt that David behaved himself so wisely and well, making all the people to like him. However, trouble began to unravel when the ego of Saul started to get in the way. After returning from the battle, the women sang that ,”Saul killed thousand, but David tens of thousand”!. This was threatening to Saul and displeased him, he became angry and thought to himself, they would soon ascribe the kingdom to David.

So one day, while David was playing his harp, the evil spirit came upon Saul, and with a javelin in his hand, he threw it and almost pinned David to the wall, but David avoided it twice. This made Saul all the more afraid of David, for now he knew that God was with David.

So Saul continued to look for other ways to destroy David. He promised to give him his daughter Merab in marriage so long as David was valiant fighting the “Lord’s battle”. However he was only looking for ways by which the Philistines would destroy David. Merab was given to someone else, but Michal, Saul’s other daughter loved David, however David did not have a dowry for her. When Saul knew about this he told those who reported it to tell David that he would receive an hundred foreskins of the Philistines for dowry. This was however aimed at ensuring the David fell by the hand of the Philistines.

David however went with his men, slew two hundred men of the Philistines and brought their foreskins to Saul, who had no choice than to give Michal to David in marriage. The Lord continued to be with David, and despite all the plans of Saul to destroy him, he continued to flourish, and continued to behave himself aright. We will see how Saul continues to handle the situation as we progress.

Some verses to remember

Vs 3:  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

vs 5 And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.

vs 14  And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him.

vs 29  And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

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