So what takes place after a Giant killing?
Do you ever thank God for not telling you your entire future? We are more apt to say, “I wish I would have known…” Just think back over the last five years. If we would have known every event or crises that was going to happen, we would have completely fell apart! God wants us to concentrate and focus on “Today!” Not that we don’t plan, but the Bible says, “Don’t worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).”
If David would have known what was going to happen after this great victory of killing Goliath, he may have stayed in the fields with the sheep—forever. After the giant killing, David entered the deepest, longest, and darkest, valleys of his entire life. He went from the highest pinnacle of popularity to the lowest depression of despair. It was good that God didn’t tell him what was coming his way.
Things began to change quickly after David’s victory. David gained instant popularity. The people of Israel began to sing songs of praise about him. He became a national hero. David also became a permanent part of the king’s court.
David began to form some relationships though. He had a relationship of submission with Saul; he had a relationship of exaltation with the people of Israel: He formed a bond with King Saul’s son, Jonathan; and a relationship of opposition with Saul that lasted year after year, until Saul’s death.
Why is it that we can’t stay on that mountaintop for a while? Is it maybe because we wouldn’t talk to God as much or maybe our focus will be on that thing God did for us?
1 Samuel 18:2-5 – Saul took him (David) that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. (Verse 5) So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants.
David was a king in the making and Saul didn’t even realize it. David also formed a bond-covenant with Jonathan in these first verses of this chapter. We all need at least one good friend to go through things with us. Not one that flees when trouble comes, but one that no matter, sticks by. An intimate devoted friend will be your loyal defense before others, someone who has your back. Jonathan was that kind of friend to David.
As the story moves on in the rest of the chapter 18, we see the people singing higher praises about David than Saul got. Saul became jealous of David, which turned into anger and hatred.
1 Samuel 18:10 – And it happened on the next day that the distressing spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied inside the house. So David played music with his hand, as at other times; there was a spear in Saul’s hand.
Scripture says David escaped twice from Saul. Saul didn’t want David in his presence anymore. Saul then placed David over a thousand men, but when he heard that David behaved wisely over every situation, Saul became afraid. Saul was hoping David would be killed on the battlefield.
Then Saul promises to give Merab, one of his daughters to David, but gives her to another. Saul is hoping that every time David goes out to battle the Philistines will kill him and he won’t have to give any daughter.
When a spirit of jealousy comes on someone, watch your back! People can become jealous over anything; your looks, your talent, or even how the Lord blesses you. Oh, they will never admit it, but it’s there and until they get a grip, they will continue to do the devils work against you.
Therefore, in verses 20-28, Saul promises another daughter, Michal, to David if he will go and get one hundred foreskin from the Philistines. David exceeded that number. He brings back 200 for his dowry to Saul’s daughter. Saul became even more afraid of David because he saw that the Lord was with David, but not him. Deep fear sets in with Saul. That in itself can be a torment when a person becomes so insanely jealous of someone, especially when it comes from a person of authority.
However, Jonathan remained a close friend to David. The next thing Saul does is tell Jonathan and all the servants that they should kill David, but Jonathan stands up for his friend.
1 Samuel 19:4, 5 – Now Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.” (Verse 5) “For he took his life in his hands and killed the Philistine, and the Lord brought about a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood, to kill David without cause?”
David had done nothing to spark this jealousy in Saul towards him. When the scripture says that Saul became very angry in 1 Samuel verse 8, the Hebrew word for angry is Charah, meaning “to burn within.” And the word “displeased” used, is not a strong enough display of emotion to its true meaning –“inner turmoil.” When imagination and paranoia is fueled by jealousy, suspicion takes over.
I literally saw this very thing happen to several people. Friendship and admiration turned into a paranoid, jealous, rage. The only thing you can do in a situation like that is leave them alone if they can’t be reasoned with.
Jesus taught in Matthew 6:34, that each day will have trouble of its own. Our future is in God’s hands. We’re not to worry about tomorrow. If you don’t have a close friend that is always there for you no matter what, ask the Lord to bring you one, and then you do the same for them.
Remember how David handled Saul? David did not fight Saul back, he just kept acting wisely.
This Christian life is not easy. It’s much easier when dealing with someone like Saul, to just punch his lights out. But that only satisfies the flesh. That’s not God’s way, and that’s not what’s best. Walking in victory is the difference between what pleases us, and what is pleasing to God. Like David, stand fast, doing what is right and not tiring of it. We live our lives in front of others, pleasing to the “All Mighty.”