David understood the weight of God’s anointing. Today, we see that as we read 1 Samuel 26. The word anointed means set apart or made to be different. Saul was chosen by God to serve Him as the first king of Israel, not to spend his time chasing after David in a jealous rage. David knew the difference. David realized and understood that God’s anointing and plan for the nation should be honoured by all. This was one of the differences between David and Saul. David had also been anointed by Samuel to be king, only he had to wait for God’s appointed timing. This testing and training time was intense but David did well in it. This time also demonstrated to those around David the reasons that God had anointed him in the first place. Israel was not to be a nation like other nations, they were to be different. David could have easily justified murdering Saul, he could’ve put an end to the dangerous and misguided intrigues of the king but instead he showed restraint. David was determined to let the LORD take care of Saul.
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