Mo 8/28Tu 8/29We 8/30Th 8/31Fr 9/1Sa 9/1Su 9/3
1 Sam. 20
1 Cor. 2
1 Sam. 21–22
1 Cor. 3
1 Sam. 23
1 Cor. 4
1 Sam. 24
1 Cor. 5
1 Sam. 25
1 Cor. 6
1 Sam. 26
1 Cor. 7
1 Sam. 27
1 Cor. 8


The contrast between David and Saul is brought into sharp relief in these chapters of 1 Samuel. Saul is murderous, trying to kill not just David but his own son Jonathan. He also murders the priest Ahimelech, and all the rest of the priests and their families that lived in the city of Nob. All of this, yet nobody is trying to harm him or threatening his rule in any way. 

Meanwhile, David is wronged and betrayed, attacked for no reason, fleeing constantly, in danger for his life at every turn. Yet even though he is given multiple opportunities to take vengeance on Saul, as well as others, such as Nabal, he doesn’t do so. 

David’s life at this time is the definition of long-suffering, patiently enduring wrongs or difficulties. God blesses him for this response, and even mercifully uses Abigail to prevent him from beginning to take vengeance himself. What a gift she was to David, even before she was married to him. 

God has truly departed from Saul, though he is king, and we can see it in his mad actions. Meanwhile, God is truly present with David, though he has no kingdom or throne, is persecuted, pursued and betrayed. And we can see it in his kingly actions. What an amazing contrast when David is acting mad in front of the king of Gath by drooling, but Saul is really demonstrating his crazed madness in front of his servants and all the kingdom by trying every day to kill his faithful servant David.

God has provided a King for us in the line of David, rather than in the line of Saul, and oh how grateful we must be!


Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed and from avenging myself by my own hand.”
—1 Samuel 25:32–33


  • Adoration – God is rich in patience and mercy with us, giving us many opportunities to turn away from our sin and return to Him.
  • Confession – Yet how quick we are to become angry and seek vengeance against others who mistreat us.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God that He has given us the opportunity to forgive others!
  • Supplication – Ask God to help you respond with patience and love when others sin against you. 

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This post by Joseph Bayly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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