After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
5 Whatever mission Saul sent him on, David was so successful that Saul gave him a high rank in the army. This pleased all the troops, and Saul’s officers as well.
6 When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. 7 As they danced, they sang:
“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”
8 Saul was very angry; this refrain displeased him greatly. “They have credited David with tens of thousands,” he thought, “but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?” 9 And from that time on Saul kept a close eye on David.
10 The next day an evil spirit from God came forcefully on Saul. He was prophesying in his house, while David was playing the lyre, as he usually did. Saul had a spear in his hand 11 and he hurled it, saying to himself, “I’ll pin David to the wall.” But David eluded him twice.
12 Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with David but had departed from Saul. 13 So he sent David away from him and gave him command over a thousand men, and David led the troops in their campaigns. 14 In everything he did he had great success, because the Lord was with him. 15 When Saul saw how successful he was, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he led them in their campaigns.
Saul is caught in a difficult position; he is afraid of David Saul is worried that David will take the kingdom away from him but at the same time David’s success in battle is useful to Saul and the kingdom. Saul is afraid of him but he also needs him. What I don’t understand is why Saul does not take the opportunity to nurture and develop David into somebody who is loyal to his king. It seems like Saul is ruled more and more by fear, jealousy and pride than he is by virtues like love, trust and humility. I wonder what the world would be like if people let go of negative…destructive emotions and embraced virtues that focus on building and nurturing. How often do we let our pride, jealousy or anger get the better of us? What kind of effect have you had on the world around you when you act on these emotions? This week is a good week to start looking at yourself and being honest with your motives, let’s see if we can be those who build, who bring peace and create shalom in our work environment.