I read this today. At the end of the chapter in verse thirteen, there is a blunt conclusive statement about the events and the reasons behind them.
verse 13: The reason for Saul’s death…
“Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, and did not inquire of the LORD. So the LORD put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.”
My mom always said, “The Bible is like a mirror, you look at it, and you see in your own life the things that are not in alignment or the lessons needing to be learned from stories.”
In this I saw, reading on, a contrast in Saul’s life and David’s. David, the Bible says, “inquired of the Lord.” Faithfulness is the word that comes to mind.
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them. 9 Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim; 10 so David inquired of God: “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”
The LORD answered him, “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.”
11 So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.[b] 12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.
13 Once more the Philistines raided the valley; 14 so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, “Do not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 15 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 16 So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
I pray that you give me the same faithfulness David had. I want to obey your commands fully, following through with each one. Help me, and guide me in doing this, I pray for your strength, as I meet my own enemies head on, let people see who is the strength behind my success and victory. Amen.