David and Saul (1885) by Julius Kronberg. (from here)
King David did not begin his life as a king. He started his life as a simple shepherd boy who found himself unjustly hated by his king, King Saul. Even though David was willing to serve Saul and gave him loyal service both as a soldier and as his personal musician, Saul feared and hated David. Why did Saul hate David? As David matured, Saul saw David as a rival. Saul understood David was a better soldier and a more able leader. In time Saul also realized that God had appointed David to replace him. Therefore, Saul repeatedly tried to kill David.
Imagine being a young man. Imagine being hotly pursued by an angry, jealous, powerful king. What would you do? Psalm 11 describes how David wanted to respond.
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