Why Was David More Special Than Saul?

Originally posted September 16, 2014

The Bible presents two men who are linked together in many ways.  These men are King Saul (Israel’s first king) and King David (Israel’s greatest king).

  • Both men stood out from the crowd

1 Samuel 9:2 … He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.

1 Samuel 16:12 … he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance.

  • Both were anointed by God

1 Samuel 9:17 … When Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people.”

1 Samuel 16:12-13 … And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.

  •  Both were heroes

1 Samuel 11 … Saul Defeats the Ammonites

1 Samuel 18:7 … The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.”

  • Saul did what was right in his own eyes

1 Samuel 15:2-3; 9 … Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way while he was coming up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and utterly destroy all that he has, and do not spare him; but put to death both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’”—- But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were not willing to destroy them utterly; but everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

  •  When confronted Saul lied

1 Samuel 15:19-21 … Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord, but rushed upon the spoil and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord?” Then Saul said to Samuel, “I did obey the voice of the Lord, and went on the mission on which the Lord sent me, and have brought back Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.But the people took some of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the choicest of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”

  • The result of Saul not seeking the Lord

1 Samuel 13:13-14 … “the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not endure.”

  • Although David sinned.

2 Samuel 11:4 … David sent messengers to get her (Bathsheba). She came to him, and he slept with her.

2 Samuel 15 … David wrote, “Put Uriah out in front where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die.”

  •  When confronted David repented

2 Samuel 12: 13 … Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has taken away your sin; you shall not die.

  • David relied on the Lord

1 Samuel 17:45-46 … Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands”

  • David longed to please God

1 Samuel 13:14 … The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

  • The result of David seeking the Lord

Jeremiah 33:17 … For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel

Saul relied on himself and loved the praises of men.  David loved the Lord and was strengthened by Him.

We all fall short.  Romans 3:23 … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

We must never hesitate to go to God with our sin and ask for His forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 … If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Friends, God does not expect perfection.  If we accept Jesus sacrifice, however, we are covered by His perfection. 2 Corinthians 5:21 … God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

May God bless you abundantly!