First Samuel 29 Commentary
This is Saul’s last battle. While Saul lies prostrate on the floor, in a medium’s house at Endor, the Philistines’ battle preps are well advanced. Among the Philistine army is one named David who should have been on the other side. It is a fact that the Philistine commanders quickly spot out. They immediately dispatch the wrong soldier back to Ziglag.
From what we know about David, we can easily tell he meant business when he planned to go into battle against his own kinsmen. God forbid! It is always amazing when you sit down and see what the LORD does to help us out of our wrong decisions. David is disappointed and he returns home. It was for his good.
The contrast is telling its own story. At Endor, the risen Samuel, albeit temporal resurrection, is telling the world that the LORD had given the kingdom to David. At the opposite end of the conflict, at the Philistines’ camp, David is negotiating a role in the assault against the people that he should be presiding over.
These are times when we fail to understand the compassions of the LORD.
Where are you on the day of your inauguration?
We owe it to the endless mercies of the LORD!
David is ejected from the Philistine camp; this is the doing of the LORD. Loss of employment for some can be the doing of the LORD. Missing out on some opportunity may be the doing of the LORD.
Some kings are scrapping for a living here and there, or begging for a piece of bread, or running away from oppression, or are actually on the other side of the fence. How and why the LORD does what He does is a function of grace. You understand when you read the psalms of David.
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