While Saul was impressed with David and set him over a portion of his army, the positive impression was soon to depart. Saul, by this time, was suspicious of any threat that another might bring – even if there was no threat at all. In other words, Saul was waiting to be offended. No doubt, David learned this about Saul and was confused by all this; he was devoted to the king’s service, to his nation, and to the Lord. As Saul eyed David continually David had to wonder why. Still, David was a man of integrity and devotion to the righteous cause of his nation; when he was bidden to go out on an extremely dangerous mission he not only goes, but comes back early with the victory. Saul was really fearful of David. When Saul tried to lay a snare before David, David is not ensnared. Saul was really fearful of David!
Application: “Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him” is the norm for people even today. People fear what they don’t understand. People fear when the righteous actions, thoughts, and words of another put them into the “uncomfortable room” that no one desires to be in. This was what happened between Saul and David, and it happens even today. The schemes of Satan (2 Corinthians 2:11) are very apparent to one who looks. The schemes may be small, but they are plainly visible. Obeying the Lord’s will from the heart allow the saints to have a magnifying glass to see all those entrapments. Our challenge is in the using of it.
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