5 And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord‘s anointed, to put out my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.” 7 So David persuaded his men with these words and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave and went on his way.
As the story unfolds David uses his influence and authority to direct others. In other words, David must lead others out of his own godly character and principle; it’s leadership by example. Maybe this is why David felt a twinge of guilt, “others are watching” (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What stands out to you in this passage and why?
- What action points can you take to apply this passage in your life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
The simplest prayer can be the most powerful: “Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be done, On earth as in heaven”