| 3 June 2013 |



*David Marries Saul’s Daughter*

*17 *One day Saul said to David, “I am ready to give you my older
daughter, Merab, as your wife. But first you must prove yourself to be
a real warrior by fighting the Lord’s battles.” For Saul thought,
“I’ll send him out against the Philistines and let them kill him
rather than doing it myself.”

*18 *“Who am I, and what is my family in Israel that I should be the
king’s son-in-law?” David exclaimed. “My father’s family is
nothing!” *19 *So*[**c*

*]* when the time came for Saul to give his daughter Merab in marriage
to David, he gave her instead to Adriel, a man from Meholah.

*20 *In the meantime, Saul’s daughter Michal had fallen in love with
David, and Saul was delighted when he heard about it. *21 *“Here’s
another chance to see him killed by the Philistines!” Saul said to
himself. But to David he said, “Today you have a second chance to
become my son-in-law!”

*22 *Then Saul told his men to say to David, “The king really likes
you, and so do we. Why don’t you accept the king’s offer and
become his son-in-law?”

*23 *When Saul’s men said these things to David, he replied, “How
can a poor man from a humble family afford the bride price for the
daughter of a king?”

*24 *When Saul’s men reported this back to the king, *25 *he told
them, “Tell David that all I want for the bride price is 100
Philistine foreskins! Vengeance on my enemies is all I really want.”
But what Saul had in mind was that David would be killed in the fight.

*26 *David was delighted to accept the offer. Before the time limit
expired, *27 *he and his men went out and killed 200 Philistines. Then
David fulfilled the king’s requirement by presenting all their
foreskins to him. So Saul gave his daughter Michal to David to be his

*28 *When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and how much his
daughter Michal loved him, *29 *Saul became even more afraid of him,
and he remained David’s enemy for the rest of his life.

*30 *Every time the commanders of the Philistines attacked, David was
more successful against them than all the rest of Saul’s officers.
So David’s name became very famous.


This is a classic example of what happens when God’s people come up
against manipulative, evil men. It’s no secret that Saul’s
jealousy was causing him to become a bitter, evil man, so it doesn’t
come as a surprise that he manipulates and lies to David in order to
send him to be killed by the enemy.

But again, we are reminded that the Lord was with David and David came
out victorious, getting what was promised to him because of the
presence and protection of God upon His life.


God is with you, too. He Is for you! He is on your side! He wants the
best for you! So when we put our trust in Him, the strategy of the
enemy does not overcome you. Today, let that encourage you. While
satan wants to destroy you, when God is with you, you are protected.


Thank you Lord for your blessing on my life, and for your protection.
Thank you that you have my back, and that I can conquer anything the
enemy throws at me because of your power on my side. Please help me to
be confident in you. Amen.

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