Saul had one goal in life, and it totally consumed him. He wanted David dead more than anything. David, on the other hand, had nothing against Saul. If David had his way, the two would be friends.
Throughout their story we will see Saul do many means things to David. But we won’t see David return evil for evil.
I would say that during the 23 years I was a middle school counselor, the majority of my time was spent dealing with adolescent friendships. More than anything academic, relationships were far and away the number one thing on the minds of those children. Most of the time a child’s instinct was to strike back at someone who they felt wronged them.
“She started it.”
“He hit me first.”
“She said something about my mom.”
“He was talking about me.
And somehow, in their minds those things seemed to justify their own bad behavior. I would often quote Romans 12:21 to them:
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Most of the time they’d look at me like I had grown antlers or something.
Jesus tells us to love our enemies, to pray for those who are mean to us. (Matt 5:44) Easier said than done, because I don’t think revenge is a concept exclusive to adolescents.
Have you heard the phrase, “It takes two to tango”? It takes two of you to have a battle. If one of you refuse to fight back, it isn’t a fight.
Saul heard that David was in Naioth. So the king sent some of his men to go get David. But when Saul’s men got there, they walked into a church service instead of a battle. They joined the church service.
So Saul sent another band of thugs to capture David. And when these men observed David and the people praising God, they praised God, too
This must have been quite the church service because Saul sent a third group of men to do the deed. The third group of men? They dropped their weapons and raised their hands in worship, too.
“Ok. Enough of this,” Saul must have thought. “If you want something done right, you do it yourself.” So with every intention of taking care of David himself, he marched into Naioth, probably spitting nails.
Something happened to Saul, though, when he saw the Spirit of God moving among the people. At least for the time being, he forgot his mission of evil, and began prophesying too, by the Holy Spirit.
Saul had expected to go to battle with David. David refused to go to battle with Saul. And at least for the moment, good did overcome evil, and David’s life was spared.
Matthew Henry said David was delivered, not as he’d delivered his lambs by killing lions, but by turning lions into lambs.
I like that idea.
Do you want to get rid of an enemy? Start by being nice to him or her. You might even turn them into a friend. It’s not impossible.