Even though Saul was fixated on taking David’s life, David modeled great restraint and respect toward Saul, honoring him as God’s anointed king. David had an opportunity to put an end to the one who wanted to destroy him and the soldier with David was perplexed as to why he did not take that chance. Instead of killing Saul as he lay sleeping, David took Saul’s spear and water jug. From the other side of the mountain, David called out to Saul.
Saul came to his senses and said to David, “You are blessed, my son David. You will certainly do great things and will also prevail.” Then David went on his way, and Saul returned home. Saul and David had made peace, but life in general was far from peaceful. Not too long after this meeting with David, Saul’s sons were killed during a great battle against Israel’s enemy, the Philistines. Saul himself was critically injured by an archer and to avoid falling into the hands of the enemy, he took his own life.
David deeply lamented the deaths of these prominent men—Saul and his sons. After Saul’s death, David became the king of Judah and he certainly did go on to do great things. I’m thankful for this passage in God’s Story for it shows us how reconciliation really can take place. Let us be like David and actively seek peace while we can.