Narrator: Saul chose 3000 elite troops from his armies to pursue David into the wilderness. During the chase, Saul entered a cave to relieve himself, the very cave that David and his men were hiding in. David was close enough to touch him. As Saul was leaving, David shouted out to him…
David: My lord the King! Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? You were at my mercy here in the cave. I spared you because you are the Lord’s anointed one. Look at this piece of the hem from your robe. I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. Proof I do not seek vengeance. What have I done to deserve this shabby treatment?
Saul: David, is that you my son? (crying) You are a better man than I, repaying me good for evil. I realize you are surely going to be the next king of Israel. Promise me this: that you will look after my descendants and my family when I’m gone.
David: I swear this before God with an oath. Go in peace; no harm will come to you.
(Saul leaves. Picking up his harp David begins strumming) Ah… how full of trouble life is when we disobey. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord…Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices…you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.” (Ps. 16: 8-10) O God, you’ve opened my eyes to see far into the future. What a joy to envision the descendants of the house of David, even the risen Messiah, your Prince, Father God, your Son…Jesus.