He went there to Naioth in Ramah; and the Spirit of God came upon him also, so that he went along prophesying continually until he came to Naioth in Ramah.
1 Samuel 19:23
In the midst of Saul looking for David to kill him, Saul is told that David has gone to Samuel and is staying with him. Saul sends messengers three times to get David and bring him (David) back to Saul so that he (David) can be killed. Each time, the messengers join in with the prophets that are in Samuel’s company and become prophets, too, for a time. So, Saul heads out to where they (David and Samuel) are staying. Saul, as this morning’s verse indicates, is overcome by the Holy Spirit and begins to prophesy. And he keeps right on prophesying all the way into Samuel’s presence. Needless to say, Saul does not kill David.
It is interesting to me that the Holy Spirit comes on a man who has his heart set on murder and causes him (Saul) to prophesy instead of committing the transgression on which he had set his heart. It is almost as if God is saying that He will use any and all means necessary to keep people from sin and from thwarting His plans. After all, God had chosen David as the next king of Israel and David could not become king if he was dead.
There is no word on whether or not Samuel or David was prophesying. The Bible is silent on that count, but it seems likely that they were not. But David is kept safe by God’s intervention on his behalf.
On which side am I this morning? I might find myself on the side of Saul, seeking to thwart God’s purpose and being defeated in my goal by God Himself. I might find myself on the side of David, just trying to keep myself out of trouble and obedient to God in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Father, please examine me and show me where I am this morning, whether working against Your will or trying to stay in it despite difficulties or anywhere in between. Please show me and guide me to the place where You want me to be.