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 impressionsconvictions have made upon them! How helpless were Saul and allhis men! All as though disarmed and chained, yet nothing is doneto them; they are only asleep. How easily can God weaken thestrongest, befool the wisest, and baffle the most watchful!David still resolved to wait till God thought fit to avenge himon Saul. He will by no means force his way to the promised crownby any wrong methods. The temptation was very strong; but if heyielded, he would sin against God, therefore he resisted thetemptation, 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 whatthey can to estrange us from God, and to make us heathens. Weare to reckon that which exposes us to sin the greatest injurythat can be done us. If the Lord stirred thee up against me,either in displeasure to me, taking this way to punish me for mysins against him, or in displeasure to thee, if it be the effectof that evil spirit from the Lord which troubles thee; let Himaccept 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 heshowed no evidence of true repentance towards God. David andSaul parted to meet no more. No reconciliation among men isfirm, which is not founded in an cemented by peace with Godthrough 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. Fairprofessions do not entitle those to confidence who have longsinned against the light, yet the confessions of obstinatesinners may satisfy us that we are in the right way, andencourage us to persevere, expecting our recompence from theLord alone.
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