Saul's relentless pursuit
David now takes his place
fully with the excellent of the earth (Heb. 11: 38).
There the prophet Gad joins him; he is guided in a direct
manner by the plain testimony of God, and soon after he
is joined by the priest also; so that, rejected as he is,
all that belonged to the testimony and the dealings of
God gathers around him. He was the king; the prophet was
there; the priest was there also. The outward forms were
elsewhere. Saul, on the contrary, as he had shewn his
contempt for Samuel by pursuing David even into his
presence, without pity as without fear of God, and
without remorse, rids himself of the priests by the hand
of a stranger, an Edomite, a merciless enemy of the
people, when the consciences of the latter would have
withheld his hand. It is on this occasion that the priest
is brought by God to David, in like manner as we find the
prophet there after Saul had manifested his contempt of
him. Thus a hostile king, he is a despiser of the prophet,
an enemy of the priest of God.
What a sad history of the
gradual but progressive fall of one who, having the form
of good, has not faith in God, and whom God has forsaken!
How sure are the ways of God, whatever appearances may be!