Today's reading brings us forward quite a bit in the story of David and Saul. As we saw Wednesday, Saul was jealous of David and tried to kill him. That jealously continued until David finally left Saul's presence to wander in the wilderness. During that time Saul pursued David off and on and David gathered followers, especially those who were disadvantaged in society, including foreigners and those in debt. You could sort of imagine Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and you'll have the right idea. Our story today focuses on a time when Saul went looking for David to kill him. The same basic story is told twice, but we'll only read it once. David's prayer in this passage comes true: eventually Saul is killed by his enemies and David is vindicated. Throughout the story of David's succession the narrator is careful to emphasize that David kept his promise to Saul and his descendants.
Blessings on your weekend,