Valuing Humility and Honor

Calvary Life Family Worship Center

1 Samuel 24:8-22
David confronts Saul about his persistent pursuit, but does so with great respect and grace. He honors Saul in his office as king and humbly prostrates himself before him. He has compassion on Saul asking him not to listen to those who say he is seeking his harm. David would not be influenced by those who said it was God’s will to kill Saul. “…and some said to kill you, but my eye had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’S anointed.’” (10b, c), David appeals to Saul as a father declaring his innocence and puts judgement into the Lord’s hands. While leaning on God’s greatness, he minimizes his own significance looking to God for safety and vengeance. Saul was so moved he begins to weep confessing David’s righteousness and his wickedness. Then he acknowledges, “Now, behold, I know that you will surely be king…” (20a) and pleads with David not to cut off his descendants or destroy his household. David’s humility and honor would be a model for all following him in his future role as king.