Let’s read 1 Samuel 17:32-58, 1 Samuel 18, 1 Samuel 19:1-17, Psalm 59, and 1 Samuel 19:18-24. It’s really cool to me when we can connect David’s Psalms to the life event that inspired them. This is going to be fun!
I love David’s history! Of course, we all remember David and Goliath –
“David said, ‘I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.’ Saul said, ‘Go. And God help you!’ ” (1 Samuel 17:34-37 MSG)
Even though Saul set David up for success here, Saul also develops a “scarcity” mentality. He doesn’t realize that there is enough praise to go around, room for his success and for the success of others.
“….the women poured out of all the villages of Israel singing and dancing, welcoming King Saul with tambourines, festive songs, and lutes. In playful frolic the women sang, ‘Saul kills by the thousand, David by the ten thousand!’ This made Saul angry—very angry. He took it as a personal insult. (1 Samuel 18:6-8 MSG)
Every time David has a success or does something well, Saul takes it as a personal attack – even though David is on Saul’s side and has never wronged Saul. Did you notice – the women poured out in welcoming Saul. Their motive was to honor Saul the entire time.
When we really understand how much God loves us, we’ll also realize how much He loves each of us – and that there’s no need for competition in the body of Christ. If someone else is loved, it doesn’t mean that I am unloved. If someone else has a gift or talent, it does not mean that I do not have a gift or talent. I want to live out of God’s ABUNDANCE – and celebrate when other believers live out of abundance too!