8 Then David also got up afterward and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and lay himself face down. 9 David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘David seeks to harm you?’ 10 Behold, your eyes have seen today how the Lord had given you into my hand in the cave. Some told me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not reach out my hand against my lord, for he is the Lord’s anointed.’ 11 Look, my father! Indeed, see the hem of your robe in my hand! Since I cut off the hem of your robe and did not kill you, know and understand [without question] that there is no evil or treason in my hands. I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait to take my life.
We hear in David’s words the frustration of a person who has been wrongly accused. “I am not the person that others are saying I am” We look for scraps of evidence to prove our innocence, convinced that if our accuser will only look at the evidence we hold in our hands the truth will be revealed and everything between us will end well. David, holds a scrap from King Saul’s robe, as evidence that he is not the threat that others are describing him to be. Will Saul be convinced? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you sense God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this passage to your life this week?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S POWER As humans, we can forget that ultimately, God has created the world and is not absent from it but all-powerful in it: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all who live in it.” – Psalm 34