David steals the king's spear and water flask, then climbs a mountain to show everyone.
From Eternity Matters Blog
This odd relationship between King Saul and David is very odd. I thought they had made amends a few chapters ago, but I guess Saul just has it in his heart to kill or capture David. He's kind of like Wile E. Coyote.
This time, Saul takes 3,000 Israelite soldiers with him to look for David in the Wilderness of Zith. While camping out for the night, David sneaks into their camp and steals Saul's spear and his water flask. After taking these he flees up a mountain and the next morning he yells out so that everyone below can hear.
Basically, David asks, "Why do you keep following me?" Saul, who doesn't really have a good answer, eventually relents and decides to let David get away. David returns the stolen goods, and they both part ways.
So what's up with Saul? After David spared Saul's life previously, it really seemed he was going to forgive David. But now he comes back? It's just one of those bugs that we can't get rid of. Ever get that way? Have you ever had a task that if it isn't completed, you're day will be ruined? Or, have you ever tried to do something but the entire universe seems focused on making you fail?
Maybe Saul's desire to get David is kind of like that. The whole purpose of capturing David is lost, but it's an incomplete mission that can not be accomplished. Maybe Saul's real lesson here is to know when to give up. After all, in this case the Creator of the Universe (according to Judeo-Christians) seems hellbent on preventing the capture of David.
Even though Saul promises that he will not try to harm David anymore, do you think he will keep his promise? Stay tuned, and we'll find out together.