In 1 Samuel 19, King Saul is trying to kill David. After David’s home is raided, he escapes to Naioth to spend time with Samuel. Saul finds out that they are there, so Saul sends soldiers to kill David. When the messengers of Saul show up to take David, God has other plans.
In fact, instead of capturing or killing David, they see Samuel and other prophets prophesying and proclaiming the glories of God, and at that point, they start to prophesy as well. Saul is so wicked, he doesn’t see God directly frustrating his plans.
He wants David dead. He doesn’t want his men prophesying. So, he sends a second set of messengers to capture David, and they start prophesying as well. Then he sent a third set, and they start prophesying.
God will not be frustrated here. Saul will be, but God won’t.
Saul is so resolute on capturing and killing David, he just takes things into his own hands. He personally is planning on going to Naioth, capturing David and killing him himself. It is like Saul is saying, “I know I won’t get distracted and prophesy. I’ve got some killing to do.”
But sure enough, Saul shows up to Naioth, and he is completely undone. Saul is so undone, he strips off his clothes, lies prostrate day and night in the nude, and declares the glories of God. This is so shocking and so out of place for Saul that folks begin to ask, “Is Saul a prophet now?”
David is so protected by the hand of God, that every time Saul tries to kill him, the accusers are turned away – not just turned away but speaking of the glory of God. Every sinful plan is turned and transformed to give God glory. Saul thought it couldn’t happen to him, but it did.
Murderous letch to prophet of God.
One small note: Wouldn’t it be great if the next time you planned on sinning, you did this?
You go online, and you are about to click on a link that you know you shouldn’t, and all of a sudden, you sing, “Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost…”
About to slander someone, and you break out into praises.
Tempted to be jealous? Start singing your favorite hymn.
We might be transformed if we prayed that way. “Dear God, next time I’m tempted, help me to sing your praises. Move me from my most selfish intent to glories in your name. Would I find that praising Jesus is all I can think of the next time I’m so tempted?”
And perhaps, you will be transformed in the process even more so than Saul was.