King Saul and David … the beginning of the end

David's harp I am reading I and II Samuel.  I always like David at first.  I love it when he kills Goliath and the troops are heading home. … I Samuel 18. 

"When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lutes.  As they danced, they sang:  "Saul has slain his thousands, and David has killed his tens of thousands."

What young stud wouldn't like hearing that? But Saul?  Now that's a different story…

"Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. … And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.  The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully upon Saul.  He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the harp, as he usually did.  Saul had a spear in his hand and he hurled it, saying to himself, 'I'll pin David to the wall.'  But david eluded him twice."

I like David a lot, but the young warrior is finding out all too soon that there always is a price to pay for victory and fame, no matter how pure the intentions, no matter how innocent the victor, no matter how wonderful the spoil.

One thought on “King Saul and David … the beginning of the end

  1. I stop loving the story when David becomes king and makes Michal come back with him while her poor husband follows behind like an abandoned puppy.


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