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July 27, 2021

Scripture:  1 Samuel 18:5-9  “Whatever Saul asked David to do, David did it successfully. So Saul made him a commander over the men of war, an appointment that was welcomed by the people and Saul’s officers alike. When the victorious Israelite army was returning home after David had killed the Philistine, women from all the towns of Israel came out to meet King Saul. They sang and danced for joy with tambourines and cymbals. This was their song: ‘Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands!’ This made Saul very angry. ‘What’s this?’ he said. ‘They credit David with ten thousands and me with only thousands. Next they’ll be making him their king!’ So from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David.”

Devotional:  After David defeats Goliath, Saul hires him. And God gives David great success under King Saul. Everyone’s happy, people celebrate.  

But things change for Saul when the people begin to celebrate David more than they’re celebrating him. Saul couldn’t stand better talent on his team because for Saul, it was about his own kingdom, not God’s kingdom. As a result, his life and leadership completely unraveled.

Don’t be a casualty to the pride that eventually caused Saul’s downfall. Learn from his story and keep yourself from destructive pride.


  • Do you have a David in your life right now, someone you’re afraid is going to take your position, title, or glory?
  • How do you need to reframe your thinking to move from a me-centered kingdom to a God-centered kingdom? How might you celebrate this person instead? Take some time to confess and ask for God’s help in this.

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