One of the big differences between Saul and David was their respective attitudes towards God. Saul liked to do things his own way. He was religious, as far as Jews go, but he didn’t have a passion for God. His life didn’t demonstrate a desire to know God’s ways. As king, he was less likely to seek out what God wanted him to do. We know the ultimate result of that.
David was just the opposite. Even as a youth, he was fiercely loyal to Jehovah. He was zealous for his God; he was committed to doing things God’s way. David stumbled and sinned – like we all do – but he also repented and got back to God’s business. Moreover, the early years of his reign offered plenty of opportunities for Dave to follow Saul’s lead. We’ll see one of them in today’s text. We’ll also see that David didn’t follow Saul’s lead. Instead, he sought and followed God.