Once again in 1 Samuel 26:1-12 God gives David the chance to take things into his own hands. We need to know just because we pass a test the first time doesn’t mean that we shall not face just the same test again sooner or later. Taking time and spiritual energy to develop the right response in your heart is vital.
Too often I hear people preaching about how incredible it is that god looked so favourably upon David and his line. It is easy to think of the mistakes David makes later on in his life, adultery, murder disloyalty and the like. Yet at this time it is worth noting his humility and total submission to the Lord.
“The LORD rewards every man for his righteousness and his faithfulness, for the LORD gave you into my hand today, and I would not put out my hand against the LORD’s anointed. 24Behold, as your life was precious this day in my sight, so may my life be precious in the sight of the LORD, and may he deliver me out of all tribulation.”
1 Samuel 26:23-24
In such instances it becomes far easier to see that David was truly ‘a man after God’s heart’. Acts 13:22
“…he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ ”