Day 111: Saul Tries to Kill David

1 Samuel 18:1-30 Saul’s jealousy of David’s popularity led him to seek to kill David. Envy, like other such interior dispositions, may begin as petty sins, but left unchecked they can lead to deeper and graver sins. In the case of Saul, envy and jealousy led to hatred. (CCC 1863, 1876, 2538-2539, 2553)

(And in Anakin Skywalker’s case, Fear led to Anger, Anger led to Hate, and Hate led to SUFFERING 🤓)

Ch 19:1-24 This chapter narrates Saul’s pursuit of David and the latter’s success in avoiding death and gaining support  among the people of Israel. Jonathan exacted from his father an oath that he would not have David killed, but Saul forgot his oath and sent his men to kill David, who escaped death with the help of Jonathan. Breaking an oath is a serious matter, particularly when the violation of an oath would result in an evil act such as murder. (CCC 2150-2155)

Psalm 59 Some of the themes and contexts of previous psalms are present in this plaintive hymn. Amid serious danger and pursued by his enemies, the psalmist-given his innocence-appealed with urgency for God’s protection.

Who...will hear us?: The evildoers thought themselves invincible and believed no one would see them or come to the aid of the psalmist, not even God. 

Slay them not: Unlike most other psalms that call for striking down the enemy, here there is a call for leniency or at least a delayed sentence. By exiling the evildoers instead, God would make an example of them so others would not follow their path.

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

Saul’s Envy and David’s Patience

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible by Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven, we give you praise and glory. We give you praise for deliverance. We give you praise in the midst of the battle. This is how we love you, by obeying your commandments, of course, by seeking your face, and by striving to be men and women after your own heart, but also by praising you in the midst of the battle, by praising you in the midst of uncertainty, by praising you in giving you thanks even before you have delivered us. Even before you have come to our rescue, Lord God, we lift up your name. So please, in our small way of lifting up our voice and directing our heart to you and our thanksgiving to you, let that be a gift to you today, God. Please, in the name of your Son, please receive our words of praise. Receive our words of thanksgiving and be glorified, for you are Glory itself. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”