5 Pentecost 2012
Today we continue with our readings from the books of Samuel. We see David at the moment of Saul's death. David was very close to King Saul. He knew him intimately He knew he was corrupt. He used to play his harp and sing songs to him when the King could not sleep, when he was quite mad on those difficult nights.
At a point Saul tried to kill David. Jonathan, Saul's son and the presumptive heir to the throne, saved David's life. David had a chance to kill Saul when Saul was pursuing him with murderous intentions. David chose not to kill Saul because God had anointed him as king.
Now Saul and Jonathan, his dear friend, are killed in battle. And what is David's reaction? He could have sung this song:
Oh, that corrupt old Saul is gone. Good riddance.
I've won. Thank God. How great I am.
Corruption got its just deserts.