So we ended when David returned to the cities of Israel after he struck down Goliath the giant and had been fighting successfully wherever Saul sent him and the women were coming out of the cities and singing and dancing and playing their tambourines and other instruments to meet King Saul and they sang, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” Saul could have been happy that they were praising him and praising David who was now like a son to him. But instead, this made Saul very angry. He hated the saying, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” King Saul said, “They count ten thousands for David, they count thousands for me, and what more can he have than the kingdom?” Saul was concerned with what other people thought and especially with David getting more praise than he was. From that day on, Saul eyed David. Saul looked upon David with envy – with jealousy – he wanted what David had, he was upset that David was doing so well and afraid that David might even be a threat to him. Saul was afraid of David because the Lord had left Saul but was with David.
Indeed, the next day a evil spirit from God rushed upon Saul and he was a mad man within his house. You may remember that whenever the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, little David took his harp and played it with his hand. And at the sound of the soothing music Saul was refreshed and felt better and the evil spirit left from him. But this time David was playing his harp like he did everyday and Saul had a spear in his hand looking at David with his eye of envy and Saul hurled it thinking to pin David to the wall.
Did he pin him to the wall? Find out next Sunday.