Saul has it right, but for all the wrong reasons. What keen irony that Saul would think David is after this place on the throne. It is actually God’s plan, and Saul has not be privy to this information. David is certainly making a name for himself and becoming quite popular with the people.
We have not seen David ever try to manipulate Saul or take the limelight. But God is with David, and everything David touches is successful. Wouldn’t it be healthier for Saul to see that David is a loyal warrior? Every victory of David only makes Saul, the king, look that much better for having chosen so wisely!
There are some interesting truths shared in today’s reading.
I’m sure I’m missing some of the intended meanings due to cultural differences
and such. What spoke to me most is the counsel on envy in verse 17, with the promise
in verse 18. “Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. You
will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.”
How many times have you wished for something your neighbor
had? One of my childhood memories is longing for a horse of my own when the
neighbor girl across the street got hers. She would ride this majestic creature
from the pasture where she kept him into our suburban neighborhood. She would
brush him and give him a bath… right there in her driveway! Of course, I
would be glued to the window watching her every move, wondering when my day
would come to have a horse of my own. That is still a bucket list item for me –
to have a horse of my own.