2 On the third day a man arrived from Saul's camp with his clothes torn and dust on his head. When he came to David, he fell to the ground to pay him honor.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Samuel 1:2

Commentary on 2 Samuel 1:1-10

(Read 2 Samuel 1:1-10)

The blow which opened David's way to the throne was given about the time he had been sorely distressed. Those who commit their concerns to the Lord, will quietly abide his will. It shows that he desired not Saul's death, and he was not impatient to come to the throne.