Watering, Watching and Wondering:
“But David thought to himself, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of the Philistines. Then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel, and I will slip out of his hand.”
David thought his life would be spent running from Saul. He thought, unless God intervenes, this is my lot.
And Saul still did come for him., and David was given a chance to kill him again. He was encouraged to. He was even offered the chance to merely watch!
And David chose not to… again.
“So David and Abishai went to the army by night, and there was Saul, lying asleep inside the camp with his spear stuck in the ground near his head. Abner and the soldiers were lying around him.8 Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands. Now let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of the spear; I won’t strike him twice.”
David didn’t know what God was up to. He didn’t know what God was doing in Saul’s life…or his. He didn’t know all the ins and outs…
He didn’t know, and it didn’t matter.
All David knew was he was not going to kill the man God had anointed. He was not going to assume God was done with Saul, the living breathing trial in his life, until God was done with Saul:
9 But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him! Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed(J) and be guiltless?10 As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord himself will strike him, or his time will come and he will die,or he will go into battle and perish. 11 But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. Now get the spear and water jug that are near his head, and let’s go.”12 So David took the spear and water jug near Saul’s head, and they left.
And then he’s provided an opportunity to end the madness…It would have been so easy, and such a God thing, right? I mean, what a perfect opportunity to end the madness: I haven’t done anything wrong, and here is an ending in sight… why not? Even David, later, facing Saul – from a distance – shouts this truth through the darkness…
“The Lord delivered you into my hands today…”
And he had…The Lord had handed him his enemy. A gift! An end! No one, and I believe not even the Lord, would have balked at David ending the madness of a crazy man who God had ultimately rejected, though David didn’t know…. But that wasn’t the point, or maybe that was EXACTLY the point. David wanted more. He wasn’t looking to end his trial. He was looking for the heart of God. He was holding out for the best.
so David kept running. Kept hiding. Kept holding to what he knew to be true: God loves me. God loves Saul. God will deliver me.
David, the shepherd boy who would be king, kept waiting to see God’s plan unfold – God’s way. Not his.
And so he called out in the dark,
“Here is the king’s spear,” David answered. “Let one of your young men come over and get it. 23 The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. 24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the LORD value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
And then, even his enemy blesses him,
…then Saul said to David, “May you be blessed, David my son; you will do great things and surely triumph.”
Because, “when a man’s ways please the Lord,he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
David was a man after God’s own heart. He didn’t take the easy out. He pursued the heart of God, even as he was pursued to do otherwise. He held out for your best, because He knew your heart for him and others. I want to be like that Lord.