Saul Chases David

God showed David that he had nothing to fear.

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"This day you have seen with your own eyes how the Lord delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, ‘I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the Lord’s anointed.’”

1 Samuel 24:10​
Story Characters

David
Abishai
Jonathan
Saul
Abner

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NARRATOR

All through the Bible, God tells his people--and us--“Do not fear, for I am with you.” Although David was running for his life, God showed David that he had nothing to fear. For God was with him. King Saul was determined to kill David. And so David fled to the cave of Adullam. Soon, he was joined by his brothers and all his father’s house. Soon about 400 men from all over the land joined David in the wilderness. And David became their captain. (beat) As we join the story now, David continues to write his songs to God, even while the other men sleep.

INT. CAVE OF ADULLAM - NIGHT

While the men sleep, David sits by the fire. David, late 20s, is confident in God, yet humble. A mighty warrior, yet a poet.

ABISHAI,[AB ah shy] late 20s, is one of David’s mighty men. Loyal to the death. Fierce and big, with a fierce love and heart to match. Men sleeping

David recites his song.

DAVID

(quietly to himself) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. Footsteps by the fire.

ABISHAI

(quiet) David?

DAVID

(quiet)Abishai! [AB ah shy] I thought you were asleep. 

The men talk quietly so they don’t wake up the others.

ABISHAI

I’m having trouble sleeping tonight. I keep thinking Saul or one of his spies could sneak in any moment.

DAVID

That’s on my mind too.

ABISHAI

Composing another one of your songs?

DAVID

Yes.

ABISHAI

So, if the Lord is your shepherd, why don’t you want him?

DAVID

“I shall not want” means I don’t need anything else besides him.

ABISHAI

Oh. Not many “green pastures” or “still waters” around here.

DAVID

(soft chuckle) Sometimes, God chooses to take us there in our hearts.

ABISHAI

(Yawns) Green pastures are good places to dream about.

(beat)

Fire’s low. I’ll grab some more wood.

We hear Abishai tending to the fire. David sits by a campfire at night.

DAVID

(sotto voce)He restores my soul...He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Music Sting

Scene 2 EXT. MOUNTAINS

David and his men hide out in the mountains.Wind whips around rocks in the high hills.

NARRATOR

David hid in the mountains, in the Wilderness of Ziph. Saul was determined to find him. So was someone else.

JONATHAN

David!!

DAVID

Jonathan?!!

They hug/Slap backs.

JONATHAN

It’s so good to see you, my friend!

DAVID

You as well!

JONATHAN

Don’t be afraid. My father won’t find you. David, you will be king over Israel. I know it! And I’ll be standing right beside you. Even my father knows that. God is with you, my friend!

NARRATOR

But soon, spies betrayed David’s hideout to Saul. Saul and his army pursued David. David and his men fled to the Wilderness of Maon. Now, Saul and his men trapped David’s army on every side! Just as Saul was about to close in, he received a report: The Philistines had invaded the land. Saul and his army rushed home. David and his men were saved! They escaped, and headed now to the Wilderness of En Gedi (en GED dee).

Music Sting

Scene 3

EXT. CAMPFIRE - NIGHT

David alone at night.

DAVID

(sotto voce)Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

Short Music Transition

INT. SAUL’S PALACE - DAY

Saul prepares to leave.

SAUL

Abner!

ABNER

Yes, King Saul?

SAUL

David has been spotted at En Gedi. I want 3000 of our very best soldiers--the best in all Israel. This time, we’ll get David.

NARRATOR

While on the search for David, Saul stopped in a cave. Little did he know that David and his men were hiding in that very same cave!

ABISHAI

(sotto voce)This is your day, David! The Lord said he would deliver your enemy into your hand!

NARRATOR

As Saul stood in the cave, David took a sharp knife and quickly sliced off a piece of Saul’s royal robe. Saul didn’t even notice. He left the cave.

ABISHAI

(sotto voce)What was that about?! Why didn’t you kill him?

DAVID

(sotto voce)I shouldn’t have cut his robe!

ABISHAI

You shouldn’t have...?!! I will take him down myself!

DAVID

No! He is the Lord’s anointed! Don’t you dare lay a hand on him!

ABISHAI

Sometimes, I don’t understand you.

DAVID

Stay here.

David walks to the mouth of the cave.

DAVID

(calling)My lord the king!

SAUL

(off, calling) David!

DAVID

(calling)I do not seek your harm. Look! I could have killed you, but I didn’t. Look at your robe! See! I have a corner of your robe right here in my

hand! I have not touched you or sinned against you! I will let the Lord avenge me. But as for me, I will not touch you.

SAUL

(off, calling)My son, David. (crying) May the Lord reward you for the good you have done to me. Now I know indeed that you shall surely be king! Swear you will have mercy on my descendants.

DAVID

(calling)I will have mercy.

SAUL

(off, calling) Thank you, my son!

Scene 4

EXT. CAMPFIRE - NIGHT

David alone at night.

DAVID

(sotto voce)You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

NARRATOR

David remained in hiding, because it wasn’t long before Saul changed his mind. Again, Saul’s Spies reported to him where David was hiding. Saul and his 3000 men set off to kill David and his men. But David’s scouts saw them coming, and David decided to see for himself.

DAVID

(sotto voce)Who will go down with me?

ABISHAI

(sotto voce) I will!

EXT. SAUL’S CAMP - NIGHT

Saul and his men are asleep as David and

Abishai sneak up.

NARRATOR

That night, David snuck into Saul’s camp.

ABISHAI

(sotto voce)Look! God has delivered your enemy in your hand! If you don’t strike him, allow me! One strike of my spear is all it will take!

DAVID

(sotto voce)No! Who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed and not be held fully accountable? The Lord will strike him. Not me. And not any of my men.

ABISHAI

(sotto voce)Twice you’ve had the chance!

Twice!

DAVID

(sigh)(sotto voce)Let’s take his spear. And the jug of water beside him.

NARRATOR

David took Saul’s spear and his water jug, which lay next to the king’s head--and not one man woke up. For the Lord had caused a deep sleep to fall upon Saul’s army. Then David stood on top of a far off hill and called out.

DAVID

(calling)Abner, Commander of Saul’s armies!

ABNER

(waking up)(to himself) What?! What’s going on! David?

DAVID

You deserve to die, Abner! Look! Here is Saul’s spear. And his jug of water!

ABNER

What?!! How?!!

SAUL

David, my son!

DAVID

Why does my king pursue me to kill me? What have I done? Tell me!

SAUL

I have sinned. I will harm you no more.

DAVID

Here’s your spear. Send over one of your men to get it. Saul, the Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.

SAUL

May you be blessed my son, David. You will do great things. And you will prevail!

Scene 6

NARRATOR

Soon after, Saul again went into battle against the Philistines at Mount Gilboa. The sounds of men sword fighting and arrows filing the sky. The battle was intense, and the Philistine soldiers killed Jonathan. Saul was hit by arrows, and died soon after. When David heard the news, he mourned the death of his friend Jonathan and the death of King Saul.

DAVID

(To his men in a speech) When they lived, Saul and Jonathan were loved and respected. When they died, they were not separated. They were faster than eagles. They were stronger than lions. Israel’s mighty men have fallen. Their weapons of war are broken.

NARRATOR

David’s time had not yet come. Saul’s son Ishbosheth claimed the kingdom. But after a two-year civil war, all the elders of Israel came to David at Hebron. And they anointed David king over Israel.

INT. PALACE - NIGHT

David writes by candlelight.

DAVID

You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD...forever.

NARRATOR

Later, David and his men conquered Jerusalem, and they called it the City of David. David’s name became great, because God was with him. If you would like to read more stories about David’s life, check out the books of I and II Samuel. They are in the Old Testament part of your Bible.

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