Psalms 57:1
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1  For the leader; al tashcheth. Of David. A michtam; when he fled from Shaul into a cave.

lam-na-TZAY-akh al tash-KHAYT l’-da-VID mikh-T’AM b’-vor-KHO mi-p’-NAY sha-UL ba-m’-a-RAH

א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ אַל־תַּשְׁחֵת לְדָוִד מִכְתָּם בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי־שָׁאוּל בַּמְּעָרָה׃

57:1   When he fled from Shaul, into a cave

Even in the wilderness of Ein Gedi, David is chased down by Shaul, as someone informed the king of his location. Shaul takes three-thousand soldiers and plans to destroy David once and for all. The Tanakh records (I Samuel 24:3) that Shaul goes alone into a cave to relieve himself, unaware that David is hiding there. Though he has the opportunity, David does not kill Shaul. Rather, he cuts off a piece of Shaul’s royal garment and then confronts Shaul, stating that he had the chance to kill him but did not. Shaul breaks down and weeps, hugging David and wishing him only well, until the next time he seeks to kill him again. David chooses to show restraint and respect for the king of Israel despite being continually chased by him. This psalm is another testimony of Hashem’s salvation and David’s acknowledgment of His constant protection.

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  • “…hugging David…”? I read and re-read 1 Samuel 24, and that bit of interplay did not appear to even be possible, hardly plausible.

  • Saul, deadly enemy of David, because of jealousy has gathered up 3,000 warriors to go against David and destroy him. Saul goes into a cave to go to relieve himself, i guess the great king is wee wee shy? and does not realize that David is there. And i can imagine that David fights back his great laughter at the mighty Saul wee, weeing. This could be the opportunity that David has been waiting for, sight unseen to kill Saul, but why does he not do it? Suddenly Saul breaks down and cry's? Could God have some how touched his heart of stone in this moment? He hugs David and wishes him only well, until the next time he seeks to kill him once again, Why? David choices to show restraint and mercy for this is the King of Israel.

    However I wonder How long in David's mind will this have to go on at this point will David continue to let this go before he reaches his limit. I imagine David does pray a lot on this matter . This psalm is another testimony of the Lord’s salvation and David’s acknowledgment of God’s constant protection. David has so much faith in God and it does show in Davids continual trust in God even when it looks like the only possible outcome has to be defeat, God always come through in David's Faith of and in Him.

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