1 Samuel 18:5-16
After David had defeated Goliath, King Saul made David a major leader in his army. The Bible specifically says that David behaved wisely and that he was popular with all the people, even Saul’s servants. When King Saul, David and the army returned to the cities the women came out with instruments singing songs and dancing to welcome them home. The song they sang was
“Saul has slain his thousands
And David his ten thousands.” (1 Samuel 18:7)
But Saul wasn’t very happy with this song. Instead of focusing on the fact that they said he was a successful leader, he focused on the fact they said David had more success. Do you think the women meant to hurt their king’s feelings? Probably not, after all they did include him in the song, but David had led the army against Goliath and the Philistines so naturally they were giving him higher honor. Unfortunately Saul didn’t see it that way and let the green-eyed monster, jealously, take over. The Bible says he basically disliked David from this day forward.
The next day, we are told, a troubling spirit came on Saul so David tried playing for the king as he had in the past. However Saul had allowed jealousy to consume him and, rather than relaxing with the music, he decided to throw his spear and pin David to the wall!! Fortunately David was able to escape. Twice!! At this point Saul begins to be afraid of David because he realizes that God is now with David and has left him.
Saul decides the best thing to do is make David in charge of the army and send him out on lots of missions. Saul was probably hoping David would get hurt or killed and he would be rid of him. But the Bible says David behaved wisely and the Lord was with him. Saul became more and more afraid of David while the people of Israel and Judah began to love him more and more as he won more and more battles with their armies.
Saul’s choice to stay in the sin of jealousy is making him more and more miserable while David’s choice to follow God is making him more and more popular. Which one would you most want to be like?
Have you ever been jealous of someone? Did it make things better or just make you miserable? Next time you are tempted to be jealous of someone else try to think of 5 good things you have. Being grateful usually make the green-eyed monster run away!!