…Or When a Man hates God’s Man
“And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, ‘Saul my father seeks to kill you: now therefore, I pray you, take heed to yourself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide yourself: and I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you and I will commune with my father of you; and what I see, that I will tell you.’ And Jonathan spoke good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, ‘Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he has not sinned against you, and because his works toward you very good: for he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the LORD wrought a great salvation for all Israel: you saw and did rejoice. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?’ And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, ‘As the LORD lives, he shall not be slain.’ And Jonathan called David, and Jonathan showed him all those things. And Jonathan brought David to Saul, and he was in his presence, as in times past. And there was war again: and David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter; and they fled from him. And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand. And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin; but he slipped away out of Saul’s presence, and he smote the javelin into the wall: and David fled, and escaped that night.
Saul also sent messengers unto David’s house, to watch him, and to slay him in the morning: and Michal David’s wife told him, saying, ‘If you save not your life tonight, tomorrow you shall be slain. So Michal let David down through a window: and he went, and fled, and escaped.” 1 Samuel 19:1-12
REFERENCES: 16:21; Genesis 42:22; Proverbs 17:13; Judges 9:17; Psalm 59
Thoughts from F. B. Meyer…
Not content with exchanging his dress and weapons with his friend, Jonathan pleaded David’s cause at court. He had the royal ear and spoke as David’s daysman. As he touched upon his brother-in-law’s devotion, modesty and courage, the father’s heart relented. We must not, however, take Jonathan’s interposition as illustrating our Lord’s, because Jesus stands for us in the presence of One whose love requires no argument. But learn to abide in “the secret place of the Most High,” and hide thyself, until thou hast learned what thou should do, 1Sa_19:2.
While Saul’s troops were watching the house on the outside, the psalmist was appealing to God as his strength, and hiding in Him as his strong tower. See Psa_59:9; Psa_59:17. Wait on God during the hours when your enemy is waiting for you. We must not only pray for God’s help, but expect and look out for it. All true waiting must be combined with singing. Sing, persecuted soul, in sure confidence that the glorious deliverance awaiting you is near at hand! Notice that Holy Scripture never conceals and never palliates wrong-doing. It does not excuse “lies of necessity.” See Lev_19:11; Col_3:9. From Through the Bible Day by Day F. B. Meyer
Though Saul had been the king God anointed for the task; he had in moments of pride and arrogance exalted himself over the priesthood, the prophet Samuel, and grew envious as a result of those things – that is the “evil spirit” spoken of. He is now being held in captivity by his own lust for power, unwilling to see that God has finished with him as king.
Envy, jealousy, pride, and arrogance will be the downfall of all who seek their own way.