1 Sam 26:1-25
It was actually surprising for me to read that Saul again pursued David in order to kill him after the incidence of a few days back. We saw David spared Saul’s life that day, with Saul asking him to promise not to cut off his seed when he becomes king. The only explanation I could have is that the evil spirit troubled him again, and he decided to have another go at killing David as he had always done.
This time around, Saul came with three thousand men, and also the captain of his army, Abner. David sent out spies and understood that Saul was indeed come after him, so he hid himself in the wilderness. Very early in the morning, he and Abishai made their way to the camp where Saul pitched with his army, they took his spear and a pot that was beside him, but David prevented Abishai from killing Saul, saying he is God’s anointed, and that the Lord would punish him himself.
When they got to the other side, David shouted out to Abner, and asked him why he should be captain when he could not watch over the king. It was actually God that put a deep sleep on all the people in Saul’s camp. Saul too woke up and was surprised that he had just escaped death again from David’s hand. His folly was again revealed to him and he conceded that he had sinned, promising to never harm David again.
God has a way of preserving those who are his. He will not allow the enemy yo prevail against them, but will make their enemies look like fools. On whose side are you?
Some verses to remember
vs 8-9 Then said Abishai to David, God hath delivered thine enemy into thine hand this day: now therefore let me smite him, I pray thee, with the spear even to the earth at once, and I will not smite him the second time. And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?
21 Then said Saul, I have sinned: return, my son David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day: behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly.