David and Saul
(Based on 1 Samuel 18 – 1 Samuel 26)
David served King Saul faithfully. David was kind and thoughtful to everyone he met. He was also brave, leading Saul’s army to victory again and again. However, King Saul became jealous of David because he thought people liked David more than him.
It made King Saul so mad he tried to kill David, not just once, but many times. David’s best friend warned David and David escaped to live in caves in the hillside. No matter what tricks Saul tried, David didn’t give in but he also never said a nasty thing about Saul.
David had the chance many times to hurt King Saul but he chose not to. He told everyone who would listen that God had chosen King Saul and that he, David, wouldn’t go against God. So even though Saul was making David’s life really hard, he didn’t try and hit back or even talk about him behind his back. David is really sensible in this part of the Bible; he doesn’t give Saul the chance to hurt him. He protects himself by making sure he hides from Saul. David doesn’t worry about how to get Saul back or how to get his role back in the palace. David lets God sort out these things. Then David is crowned king when Saul dies.
So – what can we learn from this story?
In the story of David and Saul, David chooses again and again to think the best of Saul. He doesn’t let Saul hurt him and he goes into hiding to move away from Saul to keep himself safe. Even though Saul is being bad and doing nasty things, he still treats Saul as a person loved by God.
David has the chance to kill Saul and stop Saul from hunting him but he doesn’t. When others tell him to hurt Saul he reminds them Saul is loved by God, chosen by Him. He doesn’t even let other people talk in a nasty way about Saul and David’s own words about Saul are kind.
How did David do that? How did he manage not to get mad at Saul? How did he stop himself telling other people that Saul was a bad person?
Well, I think David did three things:
• First, he made a choice; he chose only to speak good things about Saul.
• Second, he didn’t let any weeds grow in his heart. When Saul tried to hurt him or said nasty things about him, David did something we can all do. David chatted to God about it. We know he did this because the words he said to God are written in a book of the Bible called Psalms. In these songs and poems David told God how hurt he felt, he told God what was happening, how people were trying to hunt him down. He told God everything.
• Third, after He chatted to God. He let God come and take those weeds out of his heart. He understood how God felt about Saul. He heard from God again and again till those weeds had been pulled out of his heart by God, until his heart was only full of love again.
1. You are at school and your best pencil has gone missing. It’s not in your pencil case, it’s not in your tray; you can’t find it anywhere. On another table is a girl who has a pencil just like yours.
• What things might you be thinking about her?
• What might you do?
How would you feel now, when you get up and notice your pencil has rolled off the table and under a cupboard?
2. You are at the playground and another child pushes past you and knocks you over.
• What things might you think about them?
• What might you do?
How would you feel now if you found out that the child was running to help her sister who had fallen off the climbing frame but you hadn’t seen this?
3. You have a friend in your street and you often go round to their house to play. Every time you go round, the friend is nice to start with but when you are playing without any grown-ups nearby, they call you names • What might you think about them?
• What would you do to keep yourself safe?
• How would you look after your heart?
Find some space and maybe put on some quiet music.
Close your eyes and chat to God in your head. Ask him to show you any weeds in your heart that need to come out. He might even remind you of something that has happened or of a person you might need to forgive.
Now, if you can, ask your mum or dad to pray with you and ask Jesus to come into the picture. Ask Jesus to take the weed out of your heart. Ask him to come and replace the weed with a beautiful flower.