Sermon Audio: David Spares Saul’s Life
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: I Samuel 24:1-22
Size: 17.7 MB
The Life of David
David Spares Saul’s Life
I Samuel 24:1-22
Though initially fearful of Saul, David’s trust in God grew, and in his sovereign, providential care of him.
God was calling David to turn the other cheek, even though Saul was insanely jealous of David and wanted to kill him.
I. A Test for God’s Servant (I Samuel 24:1-7)
In any event, David’s men saw Saul’s presence in the cave as a wonderful stroke of providence, which is why they urged him to go and take care of Saul.
The meaning of this incident, surely, is that God was testing David. In a sense it was the ultimate test of trust.
II. An Appeal to God’s Justice (I Samuel 24:8-15)
The recognition of that voice and the instant realization of how near he had come to eternity must have pierced Saul’s heart like an arrow.
He quickly realized–fortunately, before it was too late–that he could leave the timing of justice to God.
III. An Assurance of God’s Faithfulness (I Samuel 24:16-22)
Bad men will commonly go no farther than this in their confessions: they will own they are not so good as some others are; there are those that are better than they, and more righteous.
So, David was teaching his men that if they wanted David as their king, they would have to trust God, just as he did, to establish his kingdom in his time and in his way.