Saul Becomes Jealous of David
After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself. Jonathan sealed the pact by taking off his robe and giving it to David, together with his tunic, sword, bow, and belt. Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike. When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!” This made Saul very angry. “What’s this?” he said. “They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!” (1 Samuel 18:1-8 NLT)
Saul first loved David, but then, as time wore on and David grew more victorious, he became jealous of him. When I normally think of a king, I never imagine that he’d be jealous of someone who has less than he has. But actually, David possessed much more than Saul did; but it had nothing to do with possessions. David had a full heart for God, and God blessed him for it. Saul had an empty heart.
The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD. (Lamentations 3:25-26 NLT)
God gave David many victories over things he could’ve easily given to Saul. But he wanted someone to pursue a relationship with him, not just leave him behind when the request was fulfilled.
Please give me strength, and show me the way you want me to go. I want what you want, not what I want. I am so thankful for all you’ve blessed me with. Amen