The Contrast Between David and Saul

Text:1 Samuel 24:1-22

Reflection and Question: Saul progresses from throwing spears at David to hunting him down with three thousand chosen fighters. David, while he hid unseen in the back of the cave, could have killed Saul as the king slept at the cave entrance. David truly never wanted to hurt Saul in contrast to Saul whose animosity toward David grew beyond his control. Saul wept when he faced up to the difference between them. Are you more like Saul or David in your relationships?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, give us Your grace when we behave like Saul to see and weep over our mistreatment of others. And may it be Your will that we mostly live in this world like David, whose generosity toward Saul is an example of grace for us all. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).