1 Samuel 26

* Saul goes after David, who again spares Saul's life. (1-12)

David exhorts Saul. (13-20) Saul acknowledges his sin. (21-25)

1-12 How soon do unholy hearts lose the good impressions

convictions have made upon them! How helpless were Saul and all

his men! All as though disarmed and chained, yet nothing is done

to them; they are only asleep. How easily can God weaken the

strongest, befool the wisest, and baffle the most watchful!

David still resolved to wait till God thought fit to avenge him

on Saul. He will by no means force his way to the promised crown

by any wrong methods. The temptation was very strong; but if he

yielded, he would sin against God, therefore he resisted the

temptation, and trusted God with the event.
13-20 David reasoned seriously and affectionately with Saul.

Those who forbid our attendance on God's ordinances, do what

they can to estrange us from God, and to make us heathens. We

are to reckon that which exposes us to sin the greatest injury

that can be done us. If the Lord stirred thee up against me,

either in displeasure to me, taking this way to punish me for my

sins against him, or in displeasure to thee, if it be the effect

of that evil spirit from the Lord which troubles thee; let Him

accept an offering from us both. Let us join in seeking peace,

and to be reconciled with God by sacrifice.
21-25 Saul repeated his good words and good wishes. But he

showed no evidence of true repentance towards God. David and

Saul parted to meet no more. No reconciliation among men is

firm, which is not founded in an cemented by peace with God

through Jesus Christ. In sinning against God, men play the fool,

and err exceedingly. Many obtain a passing view of these truths,

who hate and close their eyes against the light. Fair

professions do not entitle those to confidence who have long

sinned against the light, yet the confessions of obstinate

sinners may satisfy us that we are in the right way, and

encourage us to persevere, expecting our recompence from the

Lord alone.

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