David Needed to be at Home
| Shortly after David
became a fugitive fleeing the wrath of Saul he took his family to Moab for
safety. But he was advised to return to Israel. After all, he was to
become their king and he needed to be among the people, in the land,
serving Saul as best he could, and not hiding in some foreign land.
It is a wonder to read how Saul feared David. This was because David behaved himself wisely among the people while Saul was rash, obstinate, disobedient and impulsive. Saul choose to abuse this national hero rather than use him to prop up his own kingdom.
Except for brief excursions into Moab and Gath, David stayed in Israel as a leader who would eventually become king over all Israel. He knew the wisdom is staying on the job.