Stop worrying that the enemy is stronger than Jesus. How many Egyptians have to drown in the Red Sea before we will stop fretting? How many Hamans have to hang on their own gallows? How many Jezebels have to be thrown over the wall? How many Philistines have to be covered in boils? God is for you, Christian.
God reminds us again and again that His promises are unfolding and nothing can stop them. Things are moving in the right direction. As Hannah said, “the Lord brings low, and the Lord exalts” (1 Samuel 2:7). God works His sovereign will in the world. That is a good thing. It follows that we Christians should have a general demeanor of downright gladness. How could we not? God is giving Saul into David’s hand.
Behold, this day your eyes have seen how the Lord gave you today into my hand in the cave (1 Samuel 24:10)—David
And you have declared this day how you have dealt well with me, in that you did not kill me when the Lordput me into your hands (1 Samuel 24:18)—Saul
This, of course, goes for the original Saul and David. But, it also goes for all powers who would model themselves after the king who was “like the nations.” As Saul fell, so will they. As David rose, so does Christ. And not a single promise from God will fall to the ground.
Once, when Saul was seeking David’s life, he stopped in a cave to relieve himself. Unbeknownst to Saul, David just so happened to be in the cave. While David did not cut off Saul out of the land of living, he did cut off Saul’s robe. But there is an important backstory.
In 1 Samuel 15, the prophet Samuel confronts Saul over his disobedience. He tells Saul that God has rejected him from being king. As Samuel turns away, Saul seizes Samuel’s robe and it tears. Samuel replied with, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you… and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.” In 1 Samuel 24, Saul’s robe is torn—a symbolic reminder that God is tearing the kingdom from him. The kingly garment is found in David’s hand. David may be on the run, but he is not going to stay there. God fulfills His promises. David is becoming king.