Notes from the Journey with David – 42

42. Your own mouth testified against you when you said, “I killed the Lord’s anointed” (2 Samuel 1:16).
You don’t win points with David by killing His predecessor. Though Saul is certainly unworthy of such loyalty, especially from the one he so fully mistreated, David maintains his determination to honor the troubled king. Too often leaders find pleasure in the diminishing of their predecessors. They seek affirmation so desperately that they will accept this behavior as somehow honoring themselves. Here, the Amalekite is clearly looking for something for himself. He misrepresents events in order to place himself where he thinks David will honor him, but his lie and his wrong idea prove fatal when he stands before a leader with integrity.

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